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Responsible Travel

Our Commitment

GeoEx is dedicated to living up to our responsibilities to the places that have touched and inspired us. We’re mindful that other countries and cultures may have different perspectives than ours, and we work with local communities in developing appropriate and safe itineraries and routes; selecting responsible hotels, boats, and other transportation; choosing informed local guides; educating our travelers about local conditions and customs; and adhering to minimum-impact practices.

We’re the first to acknowledge that bringing travelers to remote places inevitably leaves environmental and cultural footprints. But we believe fervently that our trips provide meaningful and important ways for local communities and governments to create sustainable forms of development, which in turn relieve pressure on resources and expand perspectives. Over 35 years of experience have taught us that, when it’s intelligently done, travel is a net plus for the visitor and the visited alike.

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.

Giving Back & the GeoEx Foundation

GeoEx has carefully vetted an array of conservation, cultural resource protection, education, and health care organizations to support, including the ones listed below. If you’re interested in supporting them as well, we invite you to make donations through the GeoEx Foundation—100 percent of your donations are tax-deductible and go to the organizations.

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


African Parks
A conservation organization taking on complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of 18 national parks in 12 countries, in partnership with governments and local communities.

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

American Himalayan Foundation
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.

Learning AFAR
A partnership between No Barriers 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.

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

Global Fund for Women
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.

Environmental Stewardship

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. We are proud to be a San Francisco and California Certified Green Business, conducting business in the Tides Converge building in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio.

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