How Ethical Is Your Vacation?

Today we’re heading over to Vietnam to join Nikki as she travels the world during the low seasons.

As consumers many of us are increasingly thinking about where our food comes, whether to buy an electric car, who makes our clothes etc, but how many of us have made the leap to thinking about how our holiday is put together?

As regular listeners will know, Nikki Morrison is currently travelling the world for Low Season Traveller. After a long career with BBC News, the world of tourism is new to Nikki and she says it’s been eye-opening. With supply chains to rival any supermarket, so-called Destination Management Companies (or DMCs) are vital links in the tourism chain but who outside the industry knows much about them? Understanding what they do is key to understanding how ethical or sustainable your next holiday might be.

As ever covid revealed some of the worst practices among some DMCs but has also created opportunities to do things differently.

One such group is the Global Travel Collective – a group of small operators who are working together to try and find some clout in a market which is ruled by the big, global, players.

In this latest episode, Nikki was in Hoi An, Vietnam, to learn more from Tuan Pham, one of the co-founders of Travel Neutral who helped create the Collective.

And you can learn more about The Travel Collective and Travel Neutral by visiting the pages below:

But That’s our show for this week. Thanks as always, for your company, and if you enjoyed this podcast, please do leave us a positive rating and review on your podcast app and also don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to be the first to hear our latest low season stories, articles and guides.

Have a great week wherever you are and remember that travel is always better and fairer for the planet, the local communities and you the travellers, when it’s without the crowds…