Travel is one of the world's biggest industries at over US$7.6 Trillion dollars. Yet, it is no secret how little of it actually flows down to the local communities who need it most. A report by UNEP estimates say tourism leakage can be more than 80% of total revenue, but in many developing countries it can be even worse.
What if we could change that? What if people can do good as they travel, simply by enjoying unique and meaningful local-crafted experiences? Imagine if up to 80% of revenue goes directly to local communities, what a difference it would make!
We started the Backstreet Ambassadors Program because creating a movement is difficult, making it mainstream is even harder. And movements do not succeed without the help of individuals influencing those around them. It is the collective power that makes a movement successful and create lasting impact. As an influencer, you are in a unique position to help make this a reality. With your support, we can gradually change the industry and get people in tune with the concept of impact travel and help bring it mainstream!
Be an instrumental part of the impact travel movement and make the world a better place! But also :
We focus on alleviating poverty & preserving traditional heritage by empowering people at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) to become micro-entrepreneurs who run their own unique travel experiences for travelers. We develop technologies that translates online bookings into local language calls and SMSes catered for people at the BoP who can’t speak English or access smartphones, effectively turning their disadvantages in terms of language, education, rural traditions into advantages in the eyes of travelers.
Here’s an article by one of our guests on how we managed to turn the disadvantages of a 90 year old minority elder into his advantage.
Whether it is fishing with a hospitable fisherman in his boat-house or making knives with the local blacksmith, we have over 1,300 unique experiences in 8 countries and 40 cities. Through running Backstreet Experiences, many of our hosts are able to increase their monthly income 2-3 times simply by running experiences 1-2 times a week while at the same time preserving the traditional heritage for future generations.
It's really simple! Just have fun trying out our complimentary Backstreet Experiences and/or our partner's activities and write abot them through your blog, social media accounts or in-person at events.
Convinced to lend a hand? Become a Backstreet Ambassador today, help bring impact travel mainstream and put a meaningful dent in reducing poverty while having unique, meaningful and intimate experiences with locals!