local woman and tourist in Vietnam

Our Policy

Our Make it Meaningful policy is all about making the world a more meaningful place for everybody. Whether it’s a local guide in Cambodia, our Accounts Assistant here in our sunny Brighton office, or one of our ramblers heading out on their first adventure, we aim to make everyone’s lives that little bit more meaningful.

  • local women working
  • argentina local project

Local Projects

In each of our destinations we support a local project. These range from wildlife charities to NGOs supporting children in need. We’re really passionate about giving something back to the destinations and communities that we work with. That’s why £5 of the value of every booking will always be contributed to our local project in that destination. Oh and we also like to do the odd bit of fundraising ourselves. In the past we’ve done cake sales, wear your onesie to work day and a smiling competition. Check out the list of all our projects here.

  • The Rickshaw meaningful travel team

Travelife and Rickshaw Travel

You might notice this Travelife Partner logo dotted around our website, but what does it mean? Travelife is a training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to sustainability. A big focus for Rickshaw Travel in 2014 was working towards achieving the Travelife Better Places Partner criteria.  There were many areas of the business to look at, from how we run our office to ensuring our local partners in our destinations are on board with responsible tourism practices. We’re proud to say that we achieved our Travelife Better Places Partner criteria in December 2014 and are continuing to make plans to become even more sustainable. Our local partners in Thailand and Brazil have also achieved the accreditation, and we hope this sets the trend for the future!

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  • pokhara boat man
  • desert landscape during sunset

The Environment

While long haul travel is, by its very nature, not particularly eco-friendly, we try very hard to minimise our effect on the environment. Travel may not be the best way to preserve our planet, but it certainly makes for a more tolerant, understanding and open-minded global community, which is why it’s so important that your travel experiences are meaningful. If you’re looking to offset the carbon from your international flights, we recommend Pure Leapfrog. They’re a UK based charity who provide low cost finance to UK community energy projects and support international carbon reduction projects.

  • snorkeller swimming next to a turtle in Borneo
  • baby sloth in puerto viejo sanctuary

Ethical animal experiences

We believe that seeing wildlife is an important part of experiencing a destination. That’s why support a number of projects and offer a whole range of animal trips that allow you to observe or interact with creatures, great and small. We know how important animal welfare is to ensure that animals stay  happy and safe and we want to make sure we’re doing our bit. Developing our animal welfare policy marks the beginning of our own journey in striving for ethical animal experiences in the tourism industry.

  • Customer and local woman cooking together
  • India women working in field
  • Customers with local hosts

Our Bite-Sized Trips

We offer a wide range of bite-sized trips in each of our destinations all of which encompass our meaningful travel ethos in some way. It could be that you stay in an eco-friendly resort that supports the local environment, journey out into the countryside to help a local farmer, travel by public bus alongside the local people or visit a community based tourism project. Each destination has its own meaningful travel page where we’ve picked out a couple of suggested bite-sized trips to get you started on your meaningful journey.

  • Rickshaw Travel mug on a desk at the office
  • rickshaw travel team
  • staff painting yellow building

In the Office

Our environmental measures begin on our own doorstep. At home in Brighton, we run a virtually paper-free office and are dedicated recyclers. We believe in putting people first, and provide lots of benefits to staff members to enhance their work and personal life, such as participating in the ride to work scheme, and providing discounts for local fitness centres and holistic therapies, and best of all a healthy free lunch – every working day!


Local Projects
We support a number of projects across our destinations. Find out more about each project and where your money goes here.
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Whale in the sea at Telegraph Cove


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