The Travel Foundation’s top films for inspiring sustainable tourism

We asked our team of sustainable travel experts to share the best videos on YouTube which inspire change and share insights and new possibilities for all those wanting to get to grips with to responsible tourism…


Doug Lansky: How to fix travel

Doug Lansky, travel writer and tourism industry advisor, takes us on a journey to find the Holy Grail of tourism: sustainable, profitable, and authentic travel and asks “Are we making Travel Better?”

The Travel Foundation: Why sustainable tourism?

The Travel Foundation presents the case for sustainable tourism in under 4 minutes! A simple, introduction to those exploring the topic  sustainable tourism for the first time…

Shannon Stowell: Change the world … take a vacation

Travel and tourism have tremendous power to drive conservation, promote peace and bring economic value to those who need it most. But often it does the opposite. CEO of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Shannon Stowell, in an entertaining and educating way, describes how to choose a better vacation that can change the world for good.

Somsak (Pai) Boonkam: Meaningful value for tourists and locals alike

Somsak (Pai) Boonkam focuses on sustainable development and social innovation. He is the founder of Local Alike, a community-based tourism platform dedicated to connecting local communities with travelers who look for meaningful and authentic experiences.

Crowded out: The story of over tourism

A powerful short documentary, by Responsible Travel, exploring overtourism, featuring interviews with local residents and global experts.

The Travel Foundation in Jamaica

Find out more about how the Travel Foundation works with local communities and business for responsible tourism.

Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability

At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional “take / make / waste” industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.

Steve Howard: Let’s go all-in on selling sustainability

The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why? Because as Steve Howard puts it: “Sustainability has gone from a nice-to-do to a must-do.”


2.5% the Osa Peninsula

Will tourism save or destroy the most biodiverse place on Earth?The tropical rainforest of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula contains 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity on less than one millionth of the planet’s surface. Its incredible natural beauty has caught the eye of the tourism industry and the planned construction of an international airport threatens to transform the region forever. Spanning more than five years, 2.5% – The Osa Peninsula weaves together voices from Osa residents, local leaders and conservation experts as they attempt to build a tourism industry that balances environmental protection with the needs of local communities.  Full film:

The Travel Foundation: what this charity does in a nutshell

If we do tourism right, destinations won’t just survive….they’ll thrive. Learn about the work of the Travel Foundation in forty seconds!

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