Untours Travel the World

Winter is taking its toll. The wet days and occasional snow fall have me yearning for a warmer, drier climate where an umbrella offers shade from the sun rather than protection from half frozen rain drops. It can certainly be worse I guess but it can definitely be so much better.

In a search for my next travel destination, I found a B Corporation called Untours. Founded in 1975 by Hal Taussig and his wife Norma, Untours, in fact, was the first certified B Corporation. Looking for a way to introduce travellers to a Europe beyond the standard bus tours and stemming from a book Hal wrote called Shoestring Sabbatical, in which he describes how travellers can live in Europe for extended periods without spending a fortune, Untours’s vision to, “foster a healthy and healing society that unites people of different cultures and economic statuses (and)… reconnect people to each other and to the earth,” was born.

Untours at the beginning were only offered in Switzerland, but today, one can wander through the cobble stoned streets of Buenos Aires, enjoy a slow Tuscan supper with the best wines in Florence, and sample maple syrup delicacies in Quebec City, as part of an Untour.

Untours was named “The Most Generous Business in the US” in 1999 by George Magazine and Newman’s Own because nearly all of its profits are donated to the Untours Foundation, which provides loans to those who could not access funds through conventional lending institutions, at low interest rates normally equal to the US inflation rate.

B Lab in 2010, presented Hal with the Hal Taussig Award, named after Hal himself of course, which will be presented annually to B community leaders who exemplify Hal’s values of providing positive workplace environments, minimizing environmental impact, and operating sustainably.

Thank you Untours for making our world wonderful!

LET ME KNOW, REPLY BELOW: Where are you going on your next Untour?

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