We're proud to have been selected as a finalist for the 2019 Be The Change Awards. Winners will be announced on 26th April 2019 - you can see our video entry and vote for us to win the People's Choice Award - all you have to do is like our entry on YouTube here:
We want your holiday to be life changing. And we don’t just want to change your life, we want to help empower communities and protect the planet whilst you’re having a great time on holiday. That’s why we handpick every listing on our site for their ethical values and suggest nearby short term volunteering opportunities so you can get involved, experience new cultures and reconnect with nature.
But we don’t just talk the talk; we like to walk a bit too. Every year we donate a percentage of our profits to worthwhile charitable causes. That means that every time you book your holiday through our site you’ll be changing someone’s life for the better.
And we want you to be a part of Ethical Holiday too. Join our community and we’ll reward you with exclusive members-only gifts and offers, access to our community hub where you can create your own travel blog, save your favourite listings and vote for the cause you’d like us to donate to.
Our Ethical Ethos
We only list accommodation providers that have socially and environmentally sustainable policies. That means you can have the peace of mind knowing that every place you book through this site reinvests into their local communities, is eco friendly and actively works to conserve the natural habitat of their surroundings. We can also match volunteering opportunities nearby so that you can have a unique and unforgettable holiday.
We want holiday makers to be able to easily find experiences knowing that all our listings make a positive impact to the surrounding area. That's why we only list places that meet with 2 or more of our ethical criteria:
Sustainable - Use renewable or sustainable energies and manages waste responsibly
Conservation - Does not negatively impact on the surrounding wildlife, takes steps to protect flora and fauna
Community Reinvestment - Reinvests into the local community through education, projects or initiatives to directly benefit and empower local people
Supports Local - Uses locally sourced produce and promotes local businesses
Fair Pay - Pays workers higher than national or industry average and provides additional (non-compulsory) staff benefits
Charitable - Donates to, or actively supports, charitable causes either on a local or international level
Whether you want to give a couple of hours to a couple of weeks of your holiday we can help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity. We recommend accommodation nearby to your placement so you can enjoy some rest and relaxation before, during or after volunteering. To protect volunteers, children and vulnerable people all volunteering organisations must meet our criteria below:
Protects Service Users - Carries out appropriate suitability checks for volunteers working with children and/or vulnerable people
Not for Profit - Does not make a profit from offering volunteering, placement prices must only cover reasonable costs of accommodation, meals and transportation
Welfare and Safety - Takes steps to ensure the welfare and safety of volunteers and have appropriate insurance policies in place or if not possible clearly advise volunteers to take out their own volunteering insurance
Meet The Team
At Ethical Holiday we're a family and we want you to be part of it too!
Hi, I'm Celeste...
I’m the Founder of Ethical Holiday. I deal with all the marketing, customer relations and researching organisations to list on the site (the fun bit). I’ve been working in the Charity, Educational & Public Sectors nearly all of my working life but I love (and I mean really love) holidays. When I’m not on holiday I’m looking for the next place to go, planning where to stay and what to do. It’s my obsession, so much so it’s usually the first thing my friends and family ask me when they see me – “So when’s your next holiday?” and “where are you going next?” are two questions I get asked probably on a weekly basis.
When I look for a holiday I want to stay somewhere that I know is not only a great place to stay but also makes a positive impact. It’s not unusual for me to spend weeks searching for “The Right Place” - a place that not only respects the environment but also helps to empower people and distribute the wealth from tourism fairly. I’m not interested in staying at big hotels, where everything is on hand and that works to make me stay within the confines of their property. I want to get out there, experience new cultures and appreciate nature, and I want to help people whilst I’m doing it.
And I can’t be the only one, right? I’m pretty sure that there are people out there that want the same thing from their holiday. I think there’s a lot of people who would love to stay in an ethically managed place, and I think those people would also love to give a few hours of their time volunteering to make the world a better place. So it frustrates me that it’s so hard to find very short term volunteering opportunities that doesn’t demand all of my time and budget. And that’s the idea that Ethical Holiday is born from. Ethical places to stay with suggestions of nearby volunteering activities for those people who want to help out.
He's my husband and co-founder. Adam's a film-maker is usually very busy making films, often for charities. Adam's role in Ethical Holiday is creating our video content for our listings so that you can really get to know the place you'll be staying in or volunteering at. Adam's role doesn't just stop there, as the co-founder he has the very important role of keeping me sane (not an easy task!) and helps out with the business side of things. You can see Adam's work here
This is Freya....
She’s my niece and works as a digital artist. She also creates individually commissioned work in her spare time because she loves art as much as I love holidays. She’s incredibly talented and we're all very proud of her! Freya helps us out with our digital artwork and created our logo from scratch after hearing our mission statement. She wanted to create a logo that was simple to look at but also memorable. Our logo isn’t just a pretty picture though, it represents the contours of the earth as a continuous line to show connectedness. The colours blend from blue to green to show our environmental commitment to both land and sea. We’re really pleased with our logo and we hope you like it just as much! You can see Freya’s hyper-realistic digital artwork on Instagram and Twitter
And then there's you!
Yep, You! Believe it or not you’re an important part of our business too. We couldn’t get by without you – so allow yourself a little grin knowing that just by being here and using this site you’re making a positive impact and helping to create some truly life changing holidays.
Thank you for being part of our Ethical Holiday family
If you’ve got any comments, feedback or recommendations we’d love to hear from you. In fact, even if you just want to say Hi, we’d love to hear from you so feel free to contact us either through email, phone, Twitter or Instagram
Be The Change Awards 2019 Finalist
We're proud to have been selected as a Finalist in the 2019 Be The Change Awards Tourism category, sponsored by Green Tourism. Winners will be announced on 26th April 2019 and we can't wait to update our site if we win! :)