Responsible Travel

We are passionate about Italy as well as responsible, so naturally, we want to help to maximize the benefits to both local people in the destination while at the same time reducing negative impacts.
Responsible Travel to Italy does not mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. In fact, we believe it enhances the experience of getting to know the people and culture of Italy. Here are some of the things we’re doing right now, but stay tuned as we update you on our journey.

Carbon Neutral

As responsible citizens of planet earth, we are also painfully aware of the impact humans are having on the climate.

Espíritu Travel now offers carbon-neutral travel for all trips. We see it as yet another important step in our journey towards creating a more sustainable travel company. Greenhouse gas emissions are calculated for all our customized trips, taking into account the use of fuels in local travel, emissions from food, and energy used in accommodations. We work with Carbon Credit Capital to ensure accurate results and come up with simple metrics like emissions per person, and per trip while in-country.

We have chosen to support a carbon offset project in the Amazon rainforest. The project protects over 149,000 hectares of virgin rainforest from deforestation which houses 44,000+ species of plants and animals, including over 30 vulnerable species. The project also provides improved quality of life for over 6,200 local community members—including paths to land ownership, and improved diversity of the local economy with capacity building for cultivating new and highly valuable forest crops and products. You can find out more about this verified gold standard project here.

Positive Impact Trips

Trips to create jobs, help local families, collaborate with artisans, and endorse real connections between countries and people.

We actively seek out experiences that ensure Espíritu Travel travelers have a positive impact on the people and the communities that are visited.

By working with local guides and drivers, there is plenty of opportunity to meet locals during our trips. By taking steps to ensure that we involve as many local people as possible, the money spent on an Espíritu Travel trip provides a tangible economic benefit to local communities in Italy.

Wherever you travel in Italy, getting up close and personal to the local community is sure to provide you with a wealth of great experiences that you’ll want to tell your friends and family about for years to come.

We endeavor to provide plenty of information so that travelers can also support small businesses that sell unique souvenirs or one-of-a-kind home decor or even locally designed fashion. This support allows businesses to flourish, grow, and expand.

Reduce Negative Impacts

It all starts with small changes.

We provide each traveler with a very easy list of actions they can take before and during their trip in order to tread lighter while in Italy.

Moving Forward

Travel can create enriching personal experiences as well as greater cultural understanding and connection.

The journey towards becoming a purpose-driven company has no end. We continue to seek ways to make our trips a force for improvement in the lives of those who are touched by our trips. One of our aspirations is to move towards plastic-free trips. Another of our ambitions is to provide our travelers, as well as guides and drivers, with Water to Go bottles to eliminate the need for single-use plastic bottles.