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Birds at Sunrise, Kakadu, Australia

Sustainable Travel at GeoEx

At GeoEx, we craft journeys that are responsible, respectful, and life-enriching. We believe fervently in designing trips that provide meaningful ways for local communities and governments to create sustainable forms of development, which in turn relieve pressure on resources and expand perspectives. Our 40+ years of experience have taught us that, when it’s intelligently done, travel is a net plus for the visitor and the visited alike.

Mindful that other countries and cultures may have different perspectives than ours, we work with local communities to develop appropriate itineraries and safe routing. We seek out responsible hotels, boats, and other transportation, and enlist well-informed local guides, choosing relationships that benefit local communities, wildlife, and wilderness. We adhere to minimum-impact practices both at our offices and in the field, and we educate our travelers about local conditions and customs before they depart.

We’re continually impressed by our guests who return from their GeoEx journeys with a passion to make a difference and the new relationships to do so. They exemplify travel’s remarkable power to transform people and the planet for the better.

To learn more about what happens behind the scenes at GeoEx, read our full sustainability statement.


Established in 2013, the GeoEx Foundation is a carefully vetted and regularly updated array of conservation, cultural resource protection, education, and health care organizations that we believe make a real difference in preserving the integrity of the destinations we have the privilege of visiting.

The Foundation was formed to facilitate a simple way for travelers to support the communities, wildlife, and ecosystems that make travel so enriching. With a single tax-free donation, 100% of your funds are disbursed to these worthy organizations, supporting important projects all over the world.


Elephant in marshland in Zakouma National Park, Chad
African Parks Logo


A conservation organization taking on complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of 22 national parks in 12 countries, in partnership with governments and local communities.

Schoolgirls in the American Himalayan Foundation's Stop Girl Trafficking program, Nepal
American Himalayan Foundation Logo


Dedicated to helping the people and the ecology of the Himalaya, supporting projects that are on a human scale and directly benefit people. A big focus of their work is on stopping girl trafficking.

Young monks in Punakha, Bhutan
Bhutan Foundation Logo


Contributes to strategies of conservation of the environment, equitable and sustainable development, good governance, and preservation of culture in Bhutan.

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo support by the Global Fund for Women
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A global champion for the human rights of women and girls. It finds, funds, and amplifies the courageous work of women who are building social movements and challenging the status quo.

Learning AFAR students exploring ruins in Cambodia
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A partnership between Global Leadership Adventures and AFAR Media that creates a new vision for what’s possible in the lives of disadvantaged youth, opening their minds and perspectives by showing them the world.

Mountains in Patagonia National Park at dusk, Chile
Tompkins Conservation Logo


Creating national parks in Chile and Argentina that save and restore wildlands and wildlife, inspire care for the natural world, and generate healthy economic opportunities for local communities.

Bengal Tiger in Kanha National Park, India


Committed to ending the illegal wildlife trade and working to reduce global consumption of wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory, and rhino horn by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement.

Tax-free donations to the GeoEx Foundation from responsible travelers like you help fund projects all over the globe, supporting the people, traditions, landscapes, and wildlife that make travel so enriching. Your entire donation will go to the organizations listed here.


As a leader in responsible travel, we not only work diligently with NGOs and our representatives abroad to develop and share practices that minimize our footprint and generate meaningful contributions to local economies, we also strive to be environmental leaders in our home community, and support the communities in which we travel. Here are a few highlights.


In partnership with Tomorrow’s Air, GeoEx supports climate action education and connects travelers to carbon removal and permanent storage through direct air capture. Together we form a potentially powerful collective to embrace climate conscious travel and support innovative carbon removal solutions that will be needed alongside our forests, oceans, and soils to absorb and store carbon dioxide.

Northern Lights in Iceland


As members of The Conscious Travel Foundation, GeoEx is committed to traveling sustainably. The Foundation promotes meaningful, sustainable travel through education, collaboration and thought leadership.

Tides Converge building in the Presidio of San Francisco


GeoEx is proud to be a Certified Green Business (and has been for over 10 years), incorporating sustainable practices into our business as part of the Tides Converge collaborative sustainable workspace located in San Francisco’s Presidio Park.

Beni sewing GeoEx luggage tags in Rwanda


We directly support artisans in the places we travel. Our beautiful leather luggage tags are handcrafted in Kigali, Rwanda, through a local organization empowering women to earn a fair wage in a male-dominated industry.

Magwe Primary School in Myanmar


In our travels, we work closely with communities to provide special experiences for our guests, and as a result have sponsored local projects, such as the completion of this half-built and much-needed primary school in Magwe, Myanmar.


Many of our itineraries incorporate support to local organizations doing good in the area, such as the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in Kenya, the Galápagos Traveler Conservation Fund in Ecuador, and Tompkins Conservation in Patagonia.

Women’s Trip
Onduli Ridge - Ultimate Safaris
Namibia's Wild Wonders

Women of the World Collection

Hidden Nepal

40 Years of GeoEx | A Special Journey Benefitting the American Himalayan Foundation

Mozambique's Wild Places

40 Years of GeoEx | A Special Journey Benefitting the Carr Foundation and African Parks

Desert Discovery: Namibia’s Rhinos & Big Cats

Diverse Ecosystems and Unusual Wildlife

Kenya: Essence of a Continent

A Custom Safari in East Africa’s Iconic Parks and Reserves

Galápagos: Exploring the Enchanted Islands

Cruise Island to Island, Meeting Sensational Wildlife

GeoEx is dedicated to living up to our responsibilities to the places that have touched and inspired us. If you have a question or comment about the GeoEx Foundation or our Giving Back program, email us at [email protected].

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