News from us

Our CEO, Melissa Tilling, has been named among the Attitude 101 LGBTQ Trailblazers!

You can see the full list here.

TTG Media, the travel trade news outlet has revealed the shortlist for the Top 50 Travel Agencies 2021, and we made the cut in the online category! We are also one of 7 travel agencies that are all finalists for the first time!

Being nominated and shortlisted in our first year of business is fantastic, especially when the year is 2020! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our travel and charity partners and our customers. Without you we cannot deliver our social purpose to help fundraising for great causes selling #TravelforGood!

We’re certainly looking forward to 2021. Good luck to everyone on the shortlist!


Our weekly round-up from the Weekday Wellness sessions

Doing it for Mintridge!

THANK YOU so much for joining us for #WeekdayWellness on Mon, Tue and Wed at 8AM on ZOOM.
Apart from fitness and futrition we’ve been running #WeekdayWellness in fundraising support of the amazing Mintridge Foundation! We’ve asked for a donation of just £10 per week to take part.
A registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport.
They provide a support network for young people by harnessing the power of positive sporting role models, assisting young people of all ages, abilities and physical capabilities to develop confidence and resilience, creating awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing through sport. 

Their team of Ambassadors – Olympians, Paralympians and other professional sports stars from over 20 sports (both team and individual)work with young people in schools, clubs and academies across the UK. Starting with visits including assemblies, coaching clinics and classroom sessions tailored to each organisation’s requirements.

The ambassadors then provide one-on-one remote mentoring in a safeguarded environment, delivered via technology such as Fitswarm and Playwaze to build a lasting legacy for individuals. 

Learn more about The Mintridge Foundation and how you can give by booking with Charitable Travel, donate or keep up to date with all they do here.

This weeks' live & learn




Weekly recap

Nutrients for your immune system are so important.

Ensure you’re getting adequate sleep. This allows the body to rest and recover, and for the proper functioning of the immune system.

Look after your Gut. 70 % of your immune system is in your gut! We recommend increasing plant based foods, including lots of colourful fruits and vegetables, as these will help to feed the good bacteria in the gut. 

Incorporating pre-biotic foods such as artichokes, green bananas, legumes, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus are essential for feeding the good bacteria!

Perhaps incorporate kefir every morning! Fermented food also contains good bacteria, which helps contribute to a strong immune system!

Increase antioxidants. It’s especially important to ensure that antioxidant levels (vitamins C, E, and A) and micro-nutrients – that are components of anti-oxidant enzymes (zinc, copper, iron, and selenium), are sufficient to combat any oxidative stress.

Stress can suppress the immune system. In order to reduce stress levels try some mindfulness in your daily routine.

Ensuring adequate vitamin D levels – The new advice from the NHS for Vitamin D is that we should be taking 10mcg of vitamin D3 daily during autumn and winter!

Need more help from Jenny?


Our bi-weekly round-up from the Weekday Wellness sessions

Even more about #GutHealth!

On behalf of Charitable Travel, our partner destination Atlantic City USA, and out chosen charity, The Mintridge Foundation, THANK YOU for joining #WeekdayWellness.

If you love what we’re doing please tell your friends, colleagues and family to sign up here.

If you’ve signed up, joined us a few times, but have just been too busy over the summer to come back, or it’s just been too hot to think about HIIT sessions – WE UNDERSTAND! But, please come back and join in, taking the sessions at your pace and learning about nutrition.

In this edition we’re talking more about gut health and learning more about the amazing diversity of Atlantic City!

This weeks' live & learn




Fitness weekly recap

Exercise and Gut health?!
Bacterial diversity in the gut and regular exercise are important when it comes to gut health.

Do the right thing people!
However you need to do the right type of exercise in order  to grab those gut health benefits, otherwise you could actually end up doing more damage to your gut!

Make it easy… What!!??
Choose low intensity workouts and strength training routines, these are excellent for out gut health! Long strenuous activity can actually be more harmful to your gut bacteria!


Nutrition weekly recap

Optimise your gut health by introducing more pre-biotic foods into your diet! They’re found in foods such as onion, garlic, chicory root, green bananas, asparagus, lentils, oats, artichokes, leeks and more.

This is important for health! 
Pre-biotics are fuel for the good bacteria within our guts. Think of your gut as a ecosystem which needs nourishment from the right kind of foods.

Good bacteria.. so good!
Has been shown to support our immune system!

Stop the swelling?
Pre-biotics can also regulate inflammation and help to improve digestion, and produce immune-system-modulating SCFA (Short Chain Fatty Acids)

Need more help from Jenny?

Atlantic City: Wellbeing by the Ocean

Get Sporty in AC too!

Golfers will be thrilled, with Atlantic City having been ranked among the Top Ten Golf Cities in America and if, as some say, you don’t want to ruin a good walk chasing a small white ball there is plenty more outdoors to keep focused on fitness. Sailing, canoe or kayak rental are available at nearby local, state and national parks including Atlantic County Park at Lake Lenape. Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and Bass River State Forest offer scenic views and incredible hiking trails for rustic keep fit. Whether you are a ‘gym-bunny’ or love to get on the water or the wilderness Atlantic City has great options wellness options blended with lots of fun and entertainment.

We were delighted to welcome The Mintridge Foundation ambassador, athlete, hockey captain, canoeist, record holder and Paralympian Laura Sugar to our #WeekdayWellness Zoom session on Friday last week.

Laura’s #JustSayYes attitude and her achievements are incredible. Watch to the Q&A with Laura below.

Sign up here to join #WeekDayWellness at 8am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Jenny Tomei for great online fitness and nutrition advice.

Everyone knows that if you’ve booked a holiday and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advise against travel you are entitled to cancel your holiday. But are you worried about booking travel because of Covid-19 in circumstances where the UK Government doesn’t recommend against travel?

In this case Charitable Travel are delighted to offer our website visitors and customers access to travel insurance relevant to the current Covid-19 situation, providing additional peace of mind when booking their next holiday. Provided by Rush Insurance and underwritten by one of the leading providers of travel insurance and assistance in the UK, Allianz, with over 65 years’ experience in the travel industry.

Full details and conditions are available by clicking here but be assured that cover is provided for cancellation if you contract Covid-19 before departure, if you are asked to isolate by government track and trace facilities, if you are refused boarding at your UK airport due to showing

Symptoms, if you have to cut short your journey, and medical cover if you become ill with Covid-19 whilst overseas (including repatriation). Cruise travel is included too.

Rush can offer single and annual multi-trips, will seek to cover pre-existing medical conditions and can offer policies for individuals. Couples, families and groups.

Given our social purpose to help our customers donate to their choice of charity, at no extra cost, when booking a holiday we are desperate to get the country travelling again so together we can help great causes do their work. Getting travel insurance with Covid-19 cover is just another worry out of the way.


Our bi-weekly round-up from the Weekday Wellness sessions

#WeekdayWellness Goes Olympic!

On behalf of Charitable Travel, our partner destination Atlantic City USA, and out chosen charity, The Mintridge Foundation, THANK YOU for two brilliant weeks of fitness & nutrition, culminating on Friday 31st July with a live Q&A with amazing Mintridge ambassador and Para athlete Laura Sugar, more about that soon.
Thanks too for those who joined us to experience the fell good from the buzz of HIIT exercise and building a better relationship with food. Our stars this week are team Travel Trade Gazette, for their fabulous commitment sign up here. Remember these sessions are for you, so please feel free to give feedback, ask questions and share!

What did we learn?

Eating well can be yummy too!

What’s clean eating? Ask Jenny!

Need more help from Jenny?

Fitness Weekly Recap

Keep Regular
Get into a routine, and plan your week for the best cumulative results, building on the past achievements and hard work.

HIIT is hard
HIIT training is the best form of training at home because it doesn’t need much space or time, and it’s a great fat burner.

Get off of your butt!
Especially in lockdown, working from home, remember regular walks if you’re sat at your desk all day. Great for mind and body.

Set yourself short term, realistic and achievable goals! for example “this week I am going to join all three week day wellness sessions and take Jenny’s difficulty option on one set”

Nutrition Weekly Recap

Balance is best
Eat regular set meals that contain fibre, protein, and fats. fibre helps to keep you fuller for longer, which will help reduce any cravings

Keep it in mind
Eat mindfully, by chewing your food slowly

Be consistent
Keep consistent with your diet and try to eliminate snacking. Try to avoid low calorie diets, as these can cause a drop in metabolism, which means you’ll find it harder to lose weight.

Atlantic City: Wellbeing By the Ocean

Shopping, Arts, and Culture

Among the great choice is: Tanger outlets The Walk, a $76 million, 15 city block dining and retail outlet, with upscale retailers, downsized prices, and the recent addition of Bass Pro Shops; The Quarter at Tropicana, part of a $1245 Million expansion, with 200,000 square feet of retail, dining, entertainment and spa options.

More diverse shipping can be found along the Boardwalk and throughout the city’s casinos.

The AC area is full of history and places to celebrate it: Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton Colleges, Atlantic City Historical Museum, Atlantic City Ballet, the civil Rights Garden, New Jersey Korean War Memorial and Atlantic City Art Center.


Our weekly round-up from the Weekday Wellness sessions

Thank you for a great week of wellness with Jenny Tomei!

On behalf of Charitable Travel, our partner destination Atlantic City USA, and out chosen charity, The Mintridge Foundation, THANK YOU for a brilliant week of fitness & nutrition.
Thanks too for those who signed up to join us in the coming days and weeks to build on the feel good from the buzz of HIIT exercise and building a better relationship with food. Here’s a big shout out to James, Rhina, and Rebecca for keeping coming back for more!

Week One Highlights

Fitness: How to stay consistent with your exercise and nutrition!
Nutrition: How to establish good health after lockdown eases?

Remember, these sessions are for you, so please feel free to give feedback, ask questions, and share!

What did we learn?

Zoom Shot from Tuesday!

Eating well can be yummy too!

What’s clean eating? Ask Jenny!

Need more help from Jenny?

Fitness Weekly Recap

Track it
Track your workout sessions, in order to keep on top of your progress, this will help to keep you motivated

Slow and Gradual
Always start slowly if you’re new to exercise, then gradually increase the intensity of the workouts when you start to see improvements!

Pace yourself
You don’t need to start out exercising every day, just take your time, and ease yourself into a routine.

Consistency is everything, keep to an exercise routine that you can stick to, you will see more results this way.

Set Goals
Set yourself short term, realistic, and achievable goals. For example “This week I am going to try and manage two more half press-ups/ full press-ups than the previous week.”

Nutrition Weekly Recap

Get in the Habit
Form small habits, for example “This week I am going to drink two litres of water everyday”

Add Healthy – Don’t Deprive
If you’ve found you’ve been eating less healthy options in lockdown than you normally would, rather than focusing on the things you want to cut out from your diet, think about healthy options you’d like to add.

Atlantic City: Wellbeing By the Ocean

Where it all started

The beach is where it all started; pristine sand with healthy salt air and a developer who saw the promise it held. Now Atlantic City is one of the world’s favourite beach destinations. The beach differentiates itself from other gambling locales

During the summer, the beaches are guarded by the country’s first lifeguard organisation and the water is safe. visitors stroll, ride a bicycle, a tour the boardwalk on a distinctive rolling chair

The first permanent boardwalk was built in 1870 as a way to keep sand off of hotel carpets. Today, the boardwalk is more than 5 miles in length and 60 bet across at it’s widest point.

Win a mentoring session with double Olympian Marilyn Okoro. 

New social enterprise travel agency Charitable Travel has today (Monday 13 July) launched a partnership with The Mintridge Foundation and Atlantic City USA to provide free, Olympic inspired, Weekday Wellness sessions for families to help keep children active and learn about fitness and nutrition during the school holidays, with the opportunity to ask advice from world-class athletes.

Charitable Travel Weekday Wellness is a series of live, online sessions, hosted by personal trainer and Charitable Travel Wellness Ambassador Jenny Tomei, held at 8am via Zoom every weekday from 13 July throughout the summer holidays. Incorporating fun and flexible full bodyweight work outs and covering ideas and tips on diet and nutrition, the sessions will provide young people of all ages, abilities and physical capabilities with the chance to increase their fitness participation and create greater knowledge of health and wellbeing. The interactive sessions hosted by Jenny will also offer young people the opportunity to ask Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ advice.

The Mintridge Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to enhancing life skills in young people through sport, working with sporting role models from a wide range of disciplines to develop confidence, resilience and create awareness of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing. Over 40 team and individual athlete Mintridge Ambassadors will drop in to some sessions to answer questions from participants and parents can nominate children (aged between 9 – 18) for the chance to win a virtual Mintridge mentoring session with double Olympian Marilyn

Charitable Travel is the first of its kind, social enterprise travel agency providing travellers with the unique opportunity to donate 5% of the cost of their holiday to a charity of their choice through a partnership with JustGiving. The sport empowerment charity The Mintridge Foundation has been selected as one of the travel company’s recommended charities for 2020 thanks to its fantastic work in engaging and mentoring young people across the UK,
harnessing the power of positive sporting role models to improve lives. Atlantic City, USA, a destination offering a wide range of sporting activities on the beach, water and boardwalk is also partnering with the initiative to celebrate the importance of active lifestyles both at home and when on holiday.

Melissa Tilling, Charitable Travel commented:
“We have clear objectives to support local communities and are keen to embrace the need to keep talking about wellbeing, whether in fitness, mindfulness or nutrition. Charitable Travel’s Weekday Wellness will provide families with easy, free access to a daily session, Monday to Friday, covering a work-out, warm down, stretches and advice about the relationship we all have with food. Whilst the sessions are free, we would love those taking part to make a small donation of £10 per week to The Mintridge Foundation through a special JustGiving link shared during sign-up”.

Heather Colache, Director Tourism of Meet AC from Atlantic City commented:
“We are delighted to be supporting this great wellness activity with Charitable Travel. We want to celebrate the iconic tourism attractions available in Atlantic City but also remind visitors that we have great fitness, wellbeing and mindfulness opportunities on the water, the beach, the Boardwalk, in our resort hotels and our nearby county and state parks”.

Alex Wallace, Managing Director & Founder of The Mintridge Foundation, and Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year 2018 Grassroots Winner; Women of the Future 2017 Sport Winner said:
“Weekday Wellness is the perfect way to kickstart our partnership with Charitable Travel. Our mission is to promote greater physical and mental health through sport and this perfectly aligns. Having purpose and motivation over the past few months has been extremely difficult for so many and we are delighted to be joining the initiative to help so many build regular physical and mental wellbeing into their routines.”

To sign up to the free, Olympic inspired Charitable Travel Weekday Wellness sessions register here. Participation is free, however, those joining will be invited to donate £10
to The Mintridge Foundation to help support their work in communities across the country.

On 16 June 2020 six global charity nonprofit organizations came together for the first time to form The Future of Tourism Coalition with the global mission to place destinations at the center of recovery strategies – the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), Destination Stewardship Center, Green Destinations, Sustainable Travel International, Tourism Cares, and the Travel Foundation, with the guidance of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

With our unique approach to travel and tourism through social enterprise Charitable Travel are pleased to become a signatory to the guiding principles of The Future of Tourism Coalition. Through Charitable Travel our customers can give 5% of the price of their holiday to their chosen charity at no extra cost through our margin sacrifice in support of our social purpose.

The Coalition share that decades of unfettered growth in travel have put the world’s treasured places at risk – environmentally, culturally, socially, and financially. The travel and tourism industries face a precarious and uncertain future due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, with international tourist numbers projected to fall 60-80% in 2020. As tourism moves forward and recovers, re-centering around a strong set of principles is vital for long term sustainable and equitable growth.

To rally global change, the Coalition has put forth Guiding Principles that outline a bold vision for tourism’s path forward and is calling on tourism agencies, travel companies, governments, investors, non-governmental organisations and destination communities to commit to them.

The Guiding Principles provide a clear moral and business imperative for building a healthier tourism industry while protecting the places and people on which it depends. Those Principles call for signatories to:

  1. See the whole picture
  2. Use sustainability standards
  3. Collaborate in destination management
  4. Choose quality over quantity
  5. Demand fair income distribution
  6. Reduce tourism’s burden
  7. Redefine economic success
  8. Mitigate climate impacts
  9. Close the loop on resources
  10. Contain tourism’s land use
  11. Diversify source markets
  12. Protect sense of place
  13. Operate business responsibly

Charitable Travel CEO Melissa Tilling says “We are delighted to be a signatory to the guiding principles of The Future of Tourism Coalition. We believe social enterprise is contributing significantly to these guiding principles already every day but we’re also aware this is a ‘journey’ towards a sustainable and responsible future for our industry”.

She continues, “Looking at the signatories so far there is lower representation from the PATA region right now, but these principles are critical to the future of the region. We encourage our fellow PATA UK Chapter and global PATA community to get involved and embrace this change.”

Interested travel and tourism stakeholders are invited to show their support and become part of the movement by joining as signatories.

Our founder and CEO, Melissa Tilling appears in TTG this week with a guest article!

You can read the article here!

By Robin Searle

Water aid charity Just a Drop and social enterprise Charitable Travel have extended the deadline for people to take part in the Just a Drop Dash – a fundraising initiative launched in partnership with Wendy Wu Tours.

The Just a Drop Dash encourages participants to run, walk, ramble or hop 100km – the same distance as a popular hiking route from Banteay Srei into the Phnom Kulen National Park in Cambodia, finishing at Angkor Wat.

Those who take part before August 31 and raise a minimum of £100 will be entered into a draw to win a holiday for two to Cambodia and Vietnam, courtesy of Charitable Travel and Wendy Wu Tours. Every additional £100 raised through JustGiving pages will qualify for an extra entry into the prize draw.

Read the full article on Travel Weekly here, or to read more about the Just a Drop Dash and Charitable Travel 100k Challenge, click here!