IF you want to make socially responsible choices before you travel, you can choose eco-friendly destinations or offset the carbon emissions from your flight.
Or you can choose to help out your local community and Australian charities when you select your next holiday.
A charity of your choice will receive 10% of the total booking amount if you book a holiday through the new Holiday for a Good Cause website.
It is as easy as clicking a button on the website to select a charity, as you pick where you want to travel.
The www.holidaysforagoodcause.com.au website offers a range of discounted accommodation at holiday hotspots around Australia and New Zealand.
The website is the first of its kind in Australia.
It was launched last month by LeisureCom Travel Group, an Australian online discount travel provider.
LeisureCom Travel Group business development manager Dan Berman said the company had decided to create the website because it wanted to give back to the community.
He said LeisureCom had come up with different ideas about how to help out local charities, and thought it made sense to use its own travel industry expertise.
“People do take holidays, and at the same time, this website gives them a chance to feel good about themselves,” Mr Berman said.
Money raised goes to high-profile Australian charities including Starlight Children’s Foundation, Guide Dogs Queensland, Paradise Kids, Fred Hollows Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis, Surfaid International, Red Cross, Wildlife Warriors, and COTA which represents the interests of older Australians.
LeisureCom chose charities working for a good cause, which were reputable and had a solid following, Mr Berman said.
Mr Berman could not estimate how much would be raised, but he hoped the total would be in excess of tens-of-thousands of dollars each year.
“It’s a new initiative, and very early days,” he said.
Prospective travellers using the website have a choice of about 280 resorts around Australia and New Zealand, with a possible 400 extra destinations available within two months.
An Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors spokesperson said the charity was thrilled to be one of the partner charities for the Holidays for a Good Cause program.
The funds would be used to continue helping wildlife within Australia and around the world.
People do take holidays, and at the same time, this website gives them a chance to feel good about themselves