Costa Rican woman cooking food in Bribri Costa Rica

Take a walk on the wild side in Costa Rica

Did you know that according to the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world? With direct flights to San Jose, jet-setting to an eco-paradise has never been easier! You’ll journey into the jungle to spot tropical wildlife, zip through misty cloud forests or stay with an indigenous tribe, learning to make chocolate. If you’re looking for a meaningful adventure, Costa Rica is Pura Vida!

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Rickshaw Travel Team cooking with locals in India in Udaipur

Taj-Mahalvellous experiences in India

With its floating lake palaces, golden desert forts and sacred ghats, India bursts with magic. You’ll cook up a storm with a local family, spot the famous Bengal tigers on a jeep safari and take a train through Deogarh’s countryside full of picturesque Indian villages. Make your own Rajasthani clay pot, play cricket with the kids and get into the pace of traditional Indian life – doesn’t get more authentic than that!

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Sip mojitos in Cuba

Experience Cuba responsibly by staying in one of our casas particulares owned and run by local families. Wander through the rolling hills of Viñales, Cuba’s rustic cigar region or explore the coffee fields of Las Terrazas and help the local community continue their preservation of this unique biosphere while seeing this idyllic natural habitat.

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Community-based experiences in Thailand

Thailand is so much more than a beach destination. From bright city lights to glistening temples and wildlife-crammed jungles, Thailand is a land of limitless possibilities. Learn all about rehabilitated elephants at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, get to know a local family in Khlong Noi, and sleep in the untamed jungles of Khao Sok. You’ll stay in a jungle lodge run by the local community which was built sustainably.

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Un-pho-gettable adventures in Vietnam

Spirited culture, staggering scenery, zingy street food and ivory sands. That’s Vietnam. Whether you want to explore buzzing Hanoi with a Vietnamese tutor who’ll teach you the local lingo, or stay with a tribal family, tucked away in remote areas- there’s something for everyone! Immerse yourself in rural life while lending a hand with a farmer in the rice fields, or get crafty in a painting and lantern-making workshop in Hoi An while supporting a grassroots, not for profit charity.

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Lose yourself in wild Sarawak, Borneo

As Guns N’ Roses once said ‘Welcome to the jungle we got fun and games’. And that’s exactly what Sarawak is about: plenty of jungle escapades and wildlife galore. Stay in Bornean jungle lodges and find solace among the sounds of hornbills and distant whoops of gibbons. Learn the traditions of the Iban tribe and the story behind the Batang Ai as an example of tourism as a force for good, and don’t miss your chance to see orphaned orangutans at the Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre. You’ll fall in love with them!

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Why Meaningful Travel?

Meaningful Travel lies at the heart of everything we do at Rickshaw. For us, it’s all about preserving and supporting local communities, minimising the harmful effects of tourism both socially and environmentally, and ensuring that our trips are responsible, authentic – and of course fun! We achieved our Travelife Better Places Partner criteria in December 2014 and are continuing to make plans to become even more sustainable. Read about our Make it Meaningful Policy and learn how we aim to make our travel experiences meaningful for you and the local community.

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Inspiration

A guide for where to travel throughout the year
We've carefully selected the best destinations to visit throughout the year keeping in mind weather, events, festivals & local traditions.
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