The term “celebrity” tends to come with a bit of a bad rap, when in reality a lot of stars use their fame to help improve the lives of others. From Ted Danson’s actions to bring ocean conservation into the spotlight to Meghan Markle’s pre-Duchess adventures with Botswana’s wildlife, celebrities are inspiring adventurers to travel more responsibility.
Tourism is one of the most important and largest industries on the planet. It employs more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families relying on tourism for their daily needs. At Exodus we believe that our type of small scale, positive impact tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges.
So, we wanted to shine the spotlight on the celebrities who are helping to make the world a better place.
Responsible Travel Style: Wildlife Protection / Environment
Catch him if you can! Leo is the ultimate responsible traveler and his efforts to protect our planet and advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental policies is award-worthy. Like Leo, our commitment to traveling responsibly stretches far and wide with plenty of experiences for nature lovers to choose from. There’s no need to enter someone else’s dream, be as bold as DiCaprio on the Borneo Wildlife Discoverer and explore one of the most biodiverse places on the planet – and spot some of the jungle’s cutest inhabitants.
Responsible Travel Style: Responsible Wildlife
Girl gone royal hasn’t stopped Meghan Markle from heading into the wild. Botswana’s emblematic wildlife and captivating wilderness deserves its own throne for sparking the romance between Prince Harry and the now Duchess of Sussex; they even returned just before tying the knot. No matter if you consider yourself royalty or a hardcore nature lover, Get up close to Africa’s most incredible wildlife in newsworthy, yet ethical, style.
Responsible Travel Style: Plastic Awareness
Australia’s action-star Chris Hemsworth has spent a huge part of his life on the water and has taken his own action to combat the negative impact of plastic in the ocean. The Galapagos recently banned travelers from bringing in single-use plastic to the islands, an adventure that’s sure to be high up there on Hemsworth’s bucket list. Get behind the cause and leave behind your single-use plastics.
Responsible Travel Style: Empowering Youth
Jackie Chan doesn’t just kick butt when it comes to pulling off martial arts stunts, he’s also known for combatting poverty and empowering youth. From visiting kids in Yangon, Myanmar as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to donating a large portion of his earnings to charity, it’s no wonder Hong Kong’s cheeky and lovable film star can’t be defeated. Exodus is no stranger to kicking it into high gear when it comes to empowering youth. We’ve committed to sending disadvantaged children from all around the world on exciting, educational day trips with The Inspiration Project
Responsible Travel Style: Ocean Conservation
On and off-screen, Ted Danson knows a thing or two about good deeds and making the world a better place. An advocate for ocean conservation, Ted co-authored an educational book and serves on the Board of Directors for Oceana. Make waves like Danson by heading to the mecca of sustainable tourism in Costa Rica! Sandwiched between two oceans, say Cheers! to encountering green turtles on stunning beaches in a responsible manner, sure to send you to The Good Place..
Responsible Travel Style: Humanitarian / World Hunger
Set on ruling the world with more than her infectious smile, actress Kate Hudson has lent her talents to help combat world hunger. She’s traveled to Cambodia to visit schools, and the funds raised by Watch Hunger Stop enable the United Nations World Food Programme to feed children, so they receive the nutrition they need to grow and to finish their education. Discover why Hudson is set on helping youth thrive on our Cambodia Adventure, unveiling its diversity and captivating history.
Responsible Travel Style: Humanitarian / Responsible Wildlife
Don Cheadle is Captain Planet. Best known for his academy award performance in Hotel Rwanda, the down to earth actor’s captivating performance brought global awareness to the genocide in Rwanda. Since then he’s been on a long-time mission to put an end to the conflict. One of Hollywood’s most driven humanitarians, Cheadle is also a wildlife lover who once had the privilege of naming two Rwandan gorillas. Do like Don and get up-close endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda.
Responsible Travel Style: Water Conservation
Always on the hunt for good will, Matt Damon is passionate about water. As the co-founder of Water.org, Damon can be found globetrotting around the world, from Peru to Indonesia, ensuring communities across the globe have access to safe water and sanitation. Make a splash and support the economy of these rural communities in Peru.
Responsible Travel Style: Humanitarian / Medical
The king of the road and off-the-beaten path adventures, Ewan McGregor has rode his motorcycle 20,000-miles across 12 countries in just 115 days, following routes through India and Nepal on a mission to deliver vaccines to some of the world’s most remote regions. Head off on your own journey to lesser-known destinations while In Search of the Snow Leopard among the isolated Himalayan Buddhist communities, for a rare chance to see one of the world’s most elusive mammals.