Our promise to travel

As the world leaders in international travel, we’re dedicated to positively impacting our travellers as well as the places and people they visit—both now and for years to come. Our EF Responsible Travel initiatives focus on three specific commitments: to support local communities, to promote animal welfare, and to protect the environment. Join us as we put in the effort today to make a better world for everyone tomorrow.

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Travelling thoughtfully means:

1. Supporting the community
2. Protecting the environment
3. Respecting wildlife

Teachers, go through the full, printable list with students before departure.


Supporting the community

People and communities are the heart of every destination, breathing unique life into a place. By taking time to understand a new culture and by being thankful for its hospitality, you amplify the positive impacts of your adventure and forge deeper personal connections. All it takes is a little willingness to be curious.

Protecting the environment

It might look a little different in your destination, but the earth is the only home we’ve got no matter where you are. By taking care of the earth at home and abroad, we can keep travelling for years to come, and see everything it has to offer. Even the littlest things add up to make a significant difference.

Respecting wildlife

We’ve got fuzzy and furry (and slimy and scaly) neighbors everywhere we look. Actually seeing an animal with your own eyes is often a tour highlight, and we want to make sure our animal friends stick around to keep it that way for years to come.

Prepare your students to travel thoughtfully

Our downloadable PDF is a pre-departure resource that can help get students ready to travel while keeping them engaged as their trip approaches.