Discover the vision behind Travel Differently

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October 10, 2022

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Travel Differently

Welcome to Travel Differently, the travel agency that puts the "differently" in "fundamentally changing the way tourism operates"!

At Travel Differently, we believe that tourism should be a force for good, not just a way for rich people to see the world and take selfies. That's why we offer community-based trips that are co-designed with local guides and support local businesses.

But don't worry, it's not all serious business. We also know how to have a good time and we'll make sure you do too! So buckle up and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.

I- Where does Travel Differently project come from ?

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The creation of Travel Differently, a community-based travel company that offers authentic and immersive experiences while promoting respect and sustainability

We often heard people saying "I can't wait to travel again once this pandemic is over" or "I miss traveling so much". But have you ever thought about the impact of your travels on the local communities and the environment?


As travelers, we have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the places we visit. By choosing to engage in responsible travel, we can support local communities and protect the environment, while also enriching our own travel experiences.

Travel Differently was created with this idea in mind. We are a community-based travel company that offers authentic and immersive experiences, co-designed with local guides. We believe that by helping local enterprises thrive, they can then invest in their economies, environments, education, and healthcare.


In addition to our focus on responsible travel, we also incorporate activities that respect the environment. This includes offering less trafficked routes and participating in reforestation and social projects. We understand that traveling to South America is not the most environmentally friendly thing to do, but we believe that not incorporating sustainable practices into our way of traveling is giving up on the future of our planet.


We believe that with great travel comes great responsibility, and it's up to all of us to be conscientious. By choosing to travel with us, you are investing in local communities, showing respect and curiosity for different cultures and traditions, and experiencing genuine connections with the people you meet along the way.


So, if you want to make a positive impact on the places you visit and have an authentic and immersive travel experience, consider choosing Travel Differently for your next trip. Let's travel responsibly and make a difference together.



II- Who are we and how did we get started ?

The founders and their passion for travel and the planet

We're a couple of passionate travelers who decided to start our own travel agency because we were tired of the same old mass tourism experiences. We wanted to create something different, something that would benefit local communities and the environment, and something that would give travelers like you an authentic and immersive experience.

The idea of Travel Differently start in 2020, during the Covid pandemic, with the vision of making tourism a vehicle for positive change.


The challenges and opportunities of starting a travel agency during the Covid pandemic

Starting a travel agency during the Covid pandemic was not without its challenges. The uncertainty and volatility of the travel industry made it difficult to plan and execute trips, but it also presented some unique opportunities. By focusing on small group and private tours, and collaborating with local partners, Travel Differently was able to offer authentic and immersive experiences that were safe and responsible.


The support and collaboration of local partners and guides in co-designing and delivering unique and meaningful trips

It wasn't easy, let us tell you. There were a lot of late nights and heated debates about the best way to make responsible tourism a reality. But in the end, we figured it out and we're proud of the results.

One of the key features of Travel Differently is the collaboration and support of local partners and guides. Our local partners, such as ecolodges and tour guides, are essential to the design and execution of our trips. They provide valuable insights and expertise on the destinations and activities, and ensure that our trips are authentic and respectful of the local culture and environment. By working together, we can create unique and meaningful experiences that benefit both travelers and local communities.



III- What is Travel Differently all about ?

The concept and philosophy of community-based and immersive travel

Travel is a powerful and transformative experience that can open our minds and hearts to new cultures, landscapes, and perspectives. But it is also a privilege and a responsibility, and the way we travel can have a profound impact on the people and places we visit.

At Travel Differently, we believe that responsible travel is not just a buzzword or a trend, but a fundamental principle and a way of life. We are a community-based travel company that offers authentic and immersive experiences while promoting respect and sustainability.

Our goal is simple: to give back the power to the forgotten voices of those working in its shadow and make tourism a vehicle for positive change. The role of the modern tourist is on trial and we want to be a part of it.


The benefits of working with locals and supporting local enterprises

We work closely with local partners and guides to co-design and deliver unique and meaningful trips that allow our travelers to fully immerse themselves in the culture and traditions of the places they visit. By supporting local enterprises, we help to generate fair and equitable income for the communities we visit, which in turn allows them to invest in their economies, environment, education, and healthcare.

Travel Differently Leads the Way with Web3 Innovation

Travel Differently has teamed up with FIDES Loyalty, a company that uses the Polygon blockchain for its loyalty program. This partnership allows us to offer a loyalty program that lets you earn rewards on your travels, with features like converting miles or points to loyalty tokens and a partner network across the aviation, travel, and tourism sectors. Plus, the Polygon blockchain helps to make our loyalty program more transparent and equitable, aligning with our commitment to responsible travel.


The incorporation of sustainable practices and activities that respect and preserve the environment

In addition to supporting local communities, we also incorporate sustainable practices and activities into our trips. This includes offering less trafficked routes, participating in reforestation projects, and supporting social projects. We understand that traveling to South America is not always the most environmentally friendly option, but by incorporating sustainable practices into our way of traveling, we can do our part to protect the future of our planet.

Overall, Travel Differently offers a unique and responsible way to experience the world. By working with locals and supporting sustainable practices, we strive to provide real life experiences that benefit both our travelers and the communities we visit.

IV- Why do travelers choose Travel Differently ?

Travel Differently offers small group or private tours that are customized and tailored to your interests and preferences. We provide all the necessary arrangements and logistics, so you can focus on enjoying your trip and creating lasting memories.


The security and convenience of having local experts design and lead your trip

Traveling with local experts has many advantages. They know the destination inside and out and can provide you with valuable information and insights that you won't find in guidebooks or online. They can also help you avoid common pitfalls and scams, and provide you with personalized recommendations and itineraries that cater to your interests and preferences. Furthermore, having local experts design and lead your trip can save you time, money, and stress, as they can handle all the logistics and arrangements for you, from transportation and accommodation to activities and excursions.

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The social and environmental impact of investing in local communities and projects

Travel Differently is committed to investing in local communities and projects. By working with local partners and guides, we support the local economy and provide fair and equitable income to the people who live and work in the destinations we visit. Furthermore, we incorporate activities and experiences that promote sustainability and conservation, such as eco-tourism, reforestation, and social projects.

We also strive to incorporate sustainable practices and activities that respect and preserve the environment. We offer less trafficked routes and support reforestation and conservation projects that protect the wildlife and the ecosystems.

By choosing to travel with Travel Differently, you can make a positive impact on the local communities and the environment, and contribute to their well-being and preservation.

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The enrichment and fulfillment of experiencing authentic and diverse cultures and destinations

Travel Differently offers immersive and authentic experiences that allow you to discover the true essence of the places you visit. By engaging with local guides and communities, you can learn about their culture, traditions, and way of life, and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of their diversity and richness. You can also explore the local cuisine, art, and history, and participate in activities and traditions that are unique and authentic. By traveling with Travel Differently, you can enrich your life and fulfill your curiosity and passion for exploration, and create memories and connections that will last a lifetime.

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V- What are our commitments to responsible travel ?

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The values and principles that guide our operations and partnerships

The values and principles that guide our operations and partnerships at Travel Differently include respect for local cultures and customs, sustainability and conservation, and social and economic development. We strive to create partnerships with local enterprises and organizations that share these values and align with our mission of promoting positive change through tourism.


The responsibility and choices of travelers in making responsible travel possible

As travelers, we have a responsibility to make informed and ethical choices that impact the communities and environments we visit. By choosing to travel with Travel Differently, you can be assured that our trips are designed and operated with these principles in mind, and that your choices and actions will support and benefit local communities and the planet.

We know that traveling to South America is not the most environmentally friendly thing to do, but not integrating sustainable practices into our way of traveling is to give up on the future of our planet.

The incorporation of responsible travel fundamentals into each of our trips

At Travel Differently, we incorporate responsible travel fundamentals into each of our trips, from choosing local partners and guides, to offering sustainable activities and accommodations, to supporting social and environmental projects. These practices not only benefit the local communities and environments, but also enhance the travel experience for our clients, allowing them to truly immerse themselves in the culture and make meaningful connections with the people and places they visit.



VI- To conclude

If you want to have a truly enriching and fulfilling travel experience while also supporting responsible tourism and making a positive impact on local communities and the environment, then Travel Differently is the right choice for you.

Our local experts will design and lead your trip with the utmost security and convenience, and you can rest assured that your investment will go towards sustainable projects that benefit the places you visit. Don't settle for a generic and superficial vacation – choose Travel Differently and discover the world in a different and authentic way.

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