Elevate Destinations, just made traveling a charitable affair. Rolling out their new Buy a Trip, Give a Trip program, Elevate is giving their travelers the opportunity to give back for every trip purchased with them. Through their partnerships with in-country travel suppliers and NGO’s, Elevate will make it possible to give local youth a taste of their own country and understand what draws other to their home each year.
So, for every vacation you take, they will organize a corresponding experience for a child in a developing world destination so that they can have the same kind of adventures as other tourists. What this looks like is children in Peru hiking Machu Picchu or Kenyan youngsters getting to ride elephants for the first time. Not only that, but it will give them the chance to have a more hands-on-approach to learning about their history and society.
We’ve already seen this type of buy-one-give-one attitude in companies (TOMS, Warby Parker) throughout the years, but what Elevate is aiming to do is give lasting experiences rather than physical objects. While the latter is essential, there is also something to be said about having a memory of your own that may in exchange create social impact.
Founded in 2005, Elevate has focused on luxury philanthropic travel and create eco-friendly, personalized and socially-conscious itineraries for travelers. Many of their trips have been recognized by National Geographic as “Tours of a Lifetime,” and they have also been awarded Best Adventure Travel Outfitter from Travel + Leisure magazine.