'Onwards Travel' is a non-profit company that uses tourist dollars to support community development. While international tourism can be extremely damaging for some communities, this organization provides a more ethical way for travelers to visit remote locales.
Onwards Travel was founded by Jacob Taddy after he observed how youth-led tours transformed a small agricultural town in the Dominican Republic. Taddy started Onwards Travel as a way of accelerating tourism-led growth in different communities. The company helps to bolster local economies by providing a steady stream of tourists that help support local business. Beyond bringing in tourists, Onwards Travel also provides microfinance loans, business training and professional development for local entrepreneurs.
The company offers a more ethical way to travel by using tourist dollars to support local economies rather than multinational hospitality chains.