Over here at Trailblazers Travel HQ, we believe in providing our clients with responsible, ethical and authentic travel experiences. That means showing respect to the locals and engaging them in a dignified way, reducing environmental impact and supporting the local economy to name just a few.
A big part of supporting the local economy is partnering with locals wherever possible, and employing locals as our tour suppliers and tour guides. This not only creates job opportunities for the local community, but also helps to ensure that the tourist dollar stays local. Besides, what better way to learn about a place than from the very people who live there?
Albert Teo is our go to man on the ground in Borneo, but he is more than just a tour supplier. More importantly, he is doing incredible work around social impact and around sustainable and responsible tourism. This is why Trailblazers Travel is proud to support him in his work by raising funds to #buybackborneo. Check out our crowd-funding site for Albert here.
In a nutshell, Albert is passionate about saving the orangutans, pygmy elephants and other wildlife that live in the biodiverse rainforests of Borneo, and which are under serious threat from deforestation. To help support his cause, Trailblazers Travel has teamed up with his organisation B.E.S.T. (Borneo Ecotours Solutions and Technologies) to make a difference. With your help, B.E.S.T will purchase a 7.7 acre parcel of land to protect it from palm oil companies that are carrying out the deforestation. This land will be set aside for conservation and research, not for agriculture and commercial tour activities.
As the owner of the Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which has been named ‘Unique Lodge of the World’ by National Geographic, Albert is already raising awareness about one of the most important biological sites in the world, but he wants to do more, and B.E.S.T. (Borneo Ecotours Solutions and Technologies) is just one of the several pieces of the puzzle.
A keen photographer who has trekked over 1000 km in Borneo, Albert is an author and noted advocate and expert on ecotourism. More recently, he also masterminded the integrated community based ecotourism project Kiulu Valley Farmstay. Trailblazers Travel is proud to work with Albert and support his work in Borneo – if only there were more individuals like him!
Want to know more? Ready to support our cause and have a holiday that gives back to the world? To holiday at Sukau Rainforest Lodge or Kiulu Valley Farmstay click here.
Click on the links below to learn more about Albert and his work.
More about B.E.S.T. (Borneo Ecotours Solutions and Technologies): https://www.borneoecotours.com/bestsociety/
More about the Kiulu Valley Farmstay: http://kiulufarmstay.com/
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