WHY NEW SCIENTIST DISCOVERY TOURS
Great itineraries with a science focus, to appealing destinations, curated by us.
Drawn from our extensive network of editors, journalists, academics and authors
PEACE OF MIND
We choose our tour-operating partners very carefully ensuring they hold ATOL licences and/or they have relevant bonding in place to provide financial protection.
You will be travelling with like-minded guests who enjoy the discovery of science. This leads to better interaction with our tour experts and deep organic conversations with fellow guests.
We want to help you discover science through the joy of travel. We want to achieve that in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, people, cultures or wildlife.
Hence, we have set out the following guidelines around impacts, relationships and sustainability for how Discovery Tours operates.
- We recognise that flying is a luxury that comes at a considerable cost to the planet. As a tour operator we cannot realistically avoid this impact, but we would urge all our customers to think carefully about when and where they fly. To assist in this, we offer alternative travelling arrangements avoiding flying for our tours wherever practical. From 2021, we will be fully separating the cost of travel options from the cost of the tours to give our customers the full freedom to make informed decisions.
- Many experts see carbon offsetting as a , when employed in conjunction with emissions reductions. If you wish to calculate the carbon impact of your flight and offset emissions, we could recommend the which ensures that your money benefits only emissions mitigation projects certified under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
- We only work with tour operating partners who have clear published sustainable tourism policies and/or are members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (or similar body) who work with their members to embed sustainable tourism practices.
- Our tours operate with full respect for local cultures, animal welfare, and the scientific, ecological and cultural significance of the places we visit.
- We will not undertake any tours or experiences that in the view of the New Scientist editorial team contradict best practice or our values. For an issue were there isn’t clear cut best practice, we will err on the side of caution.
We aim to tread lightly and help our guests appreciate and protect this beautiful world we live in.
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