At Coaster, we believe in the power of experiential learning by connecting people with their environment. We understand that the most valuable kind of education is the one gained through firsthand experiences, where individuals immerse themselves in nature, create lasting memories, and forge a deep connection with their environment. Unlike reading about nature in a book, stepping outside and engaging with the world firsthand is a transformative journey.
Coaster is not just about facilitating travel; it's about curating opportunities for individuals to embark on meaningful adventures, fostering a sense of wonder that inspires a commitment to climate action, and learning from guides who know their environment best. This commitment is rooted in the understanding that the more intimately people connect with their surroundings, the more passionately they will strive to protect and preserve our planet for generations to come.
What are we currently doing?
- Inspiring Responsibility: Coaster recognizes that experiencing the beauty of nature fosters a sense of responsibility. We emphasize the importance of enjoying these landscapes with future generations in mind, giving our users a compelling reason to commit to climate action.
- Educational Initiatives: We integrate educational content into our platform, showcasing the environmental impact of travel and promoting sustainable practices. By providing users with insights into the ecosystems they explore, we empower them to make informed choices that benefit the planet and the people.
- Prioritizing opportunities for local guides of color: When curating our marketplace, we emphasize the importance of giving opportunities to guides who have been historically underrepresented in this industry. Informed by the fact that communities of color are three times more likely than white communities to live in a place that is nature deprived (source), and how this impacts the access people of color have to outdoor adventure activities, Coaster addresses this disparity by prioritizing employment opportunities for guides of color.
What are we working on?
- Eco-Friendly Accommodations: We prioritize partnerships with accommodations that adhere to sustainable practices. Coaster identifies and promotes eco-friendly hotels, lodges, and campsites, ensuring that our users have the option to make environmentally conscious choices.
- Transportation Options: Coaster encourages people to book adventures in locations close to home! If that is not an option, Coaster encourages low-carbon transportation options for reaching adventure destinations. Our platform provides information on public transportation, electric vehicle rentals, and other sustainable means of travel, making it easier for users to minimize their ecological impact.
- Plastic-Free Adventures: We advocate for and support guides and participants in adopting plastic-free practices during adventures. Coaster provides guidelines for minimizing single-use plastics and recognizes and rewards those who actively contribute to reducing environmental harm.
- Green Certification: Coaster is establishing a green certification system for guides and tour operators on our platform. This certification recognizes and promotes those who adhere to sustainable and eco-friendly practices, setting a standard for responsible adventure travel.
What's on our roadmap?
- Carbon Offsetting: Coaster is committed to offsetting the carbon footprint of every adventure booked through our platform. We have partnered with reputable organizations to invest in projects that contribute to carbon sequestration, renewable energy, and sustainable development.
- Community Clean-Up Initiatives: Coaster organizes and sponsors community clean-up events in the areas where our adventures take place. By engaging our users in hands-on environmental stewardship, we build a sense of community and shared responsibility for the well-being of our planet. And an event for travelers to make new friends!
We believe that adventure and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. Our commitment to connecting people with the outdoors is matched by our dedication to leading the climate movement within the travel industry. By taking these concrete steps and inspiring a sense of responsibility, we aim to make every adventure booked through Coaster a positive force for the planet. Together, we can explore, experience, and preserve the wonders of our world.