We’ve challenged ourselves to improve sustainability across all areas of our business:
✔️ Achieved Reduced energy, waste, fuel, and water usage
✔️ Achieved Became carbon neutral through native Irish tree planting
✔️ Achieved Installed solar panels at VagaHQ
♻️ Ongoing Respect Ireland’s landscape through Leave No Trace
♻️ Ongoing Litter picking and adoption of local Pure Mile sites
♻️ Ongoing Encourage tourism industry to adopt similar practices
Planting trees in Ireland to ensure we are carbon neutral
Vagabond Tours has been proactive in carbon off-setting by using native Irish woodlands to plant trees.
Using native Irish tree species also promotes biodiversity and helps foster more effective natural habitats for insects, birds and mammals.
We planted 110 trees in 2016; 150 in 2017; and 170 in 2018. This means that all of our Vagabond guided tours of Ireland are carbon neutral too!
Do you want to help?
We are all conscious of the carbon footprint we create in our travels. If you'd like to ask us more about the resposible tourism we practice on our trips to Ireland, please feel free to get in touch.
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Responsible Tourism Certification
In 2017, Vagabond Tours of Ireland achieved Irish Ecotourism Gold Level certification.
Rob engaged EcoTourism Ireland to formalise and further develop Vagabond’s already extensive responsible tourism practises. After a thorough process of training, evaluation and independent audit, Vagabond is currently the only tour operator in Ireland to hold the Gold Standard Ecotourism Ireland certification.
As Rob says: ‘the process has lead to cost savings, product innovation, marketing opportunities and has been fantastic for team engagement. It is also vital that the tourism industry as a whole takes positive action on climate change, environmental impacts and responsible tourism generally’
In 2019, Rob took his commitment to responsible tourism one step further by acquiring EcoTourism Ireland. We are currently in the process of researching a suitably independent body to re-certify Vagabond Tours, as we will no longer be certified by Ecotourism Ireland.