Author Archive for Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill is the Founder of both Hands Up Holidays and Impact Destinations. Hands Up Holidays specialises in sustainable luxury family trips that help kids appreciate how fortunate they are and inspire them to become future leaders by blending curated sightseeing with meaningful volunteering opportunities. For example, in Zambia, experience Victoria Falls, white-water rafting, safari, and help build a home for a widow and her children. Impact Destinations provides ultra-luxe sustainable trips that leave a legacy: a traveller’s philanthropic donation unlocks a unique experience. For example, whilst on safari in South Africa, fund and witness a rhino relocation from a heavily poached reserve to a safe one in Botswana. Christopher’s companies offer over 30 destinations worldwide and personally oversees every client’s trip.

Rwanda is open for visitors - explore it in eco-luxury!

Rwanda is open for visitors – explore it in eco-luxury!

Rwanda has adopted a tourism strategy that safeguards its attractions for the long-term: deliberately restricting visitor numbers and focusing on the high-end traveler. I love this approach, as it fosters sustainability. Moreover, you can make a difference in Rwanda, even as a family. Rwanda has experienced an influx of new eco-luxury properties: One & Only […]

Europe's out; where to for American travelers?

Europe’s out; where to for American travelers?

The EU has just announced that US citizens cannot yet enter Europe, so where can Americans travel this Summer? Here are some locations currently (or soon to be) accepting Americans, along with ideas for how to make a luxury trip there meaningful and fulfilling: 1. Mexico *Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent […]

Explore the USA this Summer... and make a difference

Explore the USA this Summer… and make a difference

Especially for those of you who live in the US, this is a great time to explore the US and discover the wonders in store. (Even if you live in the UK or elsewhere, the US is still a good option, if you can accept a quarantine period when you return home). In a post-lockdown […]

Earth's top 5 eco-luxury places to stay

Earth’s top 5 eco-luxury places to stay

Further to my last post about travelling sustainably when we can travel again, this post highlights my Top 5 favourite accommodation providers that take sustainability seriously, both in their design and construction, and their daily practices. Kasiiya Tented Camp, Costa Rica The latest eco-luxe camp in the Americas, the forest and wildlife have top priority […]

Top tips for responsible travel in a post-virus world

Top tips for responsible travel in a post-virus world

When we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdowns and start to travel again, it is important to do so in a responsible way. We have already seen the positive environmental effects of the virus: fish visible in Venice’s canals, air quality improvements in major cities, much less waste… not to mention the sharp fall in CO₂ […]

Coronavirus fears? Head to the wilderness

Coronavirus fears? Head to the wilderness

Coronavirus is on everyone’s mind right now – understandably so. We need to be sensible and treat it with respect. But you still want to travel, yes? Help is at hand. One solution for you is to head to the wilderness – areas of sparse populations are perfect for exploring and staying virus-free. Here are […]

How to help in Australia on a luxury trip

How to help in Australia on a luxury trip

As you know, Australia is suffering from catastrophic wildfires. In addition to the human toll, millions of wildlife have died. But you can still visit Australia safely, in fact you can even make a positive impact while you are there. And Australia needs you more than ever! Why? Looking at just the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection […]

The top 5 destinations to make your New Year's resolutions a reality

The top 5 destinations to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality

Welcome to 2020! Have you made your resolutions? Popular resolutions relate to becoming a better person, being more generous and showing concerns for others, living life to the fullest, being more environmentally aware, or spending more time with your friends and family. Of course these are fantastic. What would you think if you knew that […]

How the Rich List Can Save the Red List

How the Rich List can save the Red List

The Sunday Times’ Rich List is eagerly awaited in May every year, as it reveals the 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in the UK. Brexit has done no favours for most people on this list, but fear not, those featured still have at least £80m (over US$100m) in net wealth. Significantly, since 2005, as part […]

Luxury family volunteer vacation Belize

Christmas is a time for giving (back)

The fast-approaching Christmas and Chanukah seasons are a special time, especially so for families. It is regarded as the time for giving, and it is even better to give-back. Travel and celebrate the essence of Christmas and Chanukah: give back and help those less fortunate on a festive family trip that changes lives… not just […]

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Meaningful trips inspired by the Rugby World Cup

We are well into the Rugby World Cup, hosted for the first time in an Asian nation – Japan. This year’s event is set to be the most openly contested ever – so hard to pick the winner, with at least 6 countries laying plausible claim to the title. Japan’s historic win over one of the […]

Luxury family volunteer vacation Morocco

The top 5 Fall destinations… to be transformed

Mid-September to mid-December can be tricky to get right in terms of travel destinations, mostly due to unsettled weather, rains and even hurricanes. But help is at hand! There are parts of the world where these months are ideal: the rainy season has finished and resplendent in greenery in India and Bhutan, the scorching heat […]

Top 5 destinations for making (what’s left of) the Summer meaningful

Top 5 destinations for making (what’s left of) the Summer meaningful

We may be in the second half of summer, but there is still time to get out and make a difference with your family. Here are my top 5 recommendations for where to go make your Summer meaningful and bond closer with your kids, creating memories that will last a lifetime. 1. Zambia Zambia co-hosts […]