We travel in places that few tourists reach and where foreigners are still a welcome novelty, and the money we spend there goes to families and rural communities who really need it. We also run expeditions in some places where the positive stories we bring back help, in a small way, change people’s opinions for the better.
We will brief you on the cultural norms for each place we will pass through. It takes very little to ensure that we aren’t offending people by being insensitive to their culture, and knowing the basics will help you get the most out of your experience.
Preserving the environment – many of our expeditions pass through fabulous wilderness, and we want to keep it that way. In an effort to minimise the environmental impact of our expeditions we give everyone who travels with us a water filtration bottle. In 2016 alone this saved over a thousand plastic bottles of water. We recycle our waste where we can, and try to minimise our impact on the local environment and its inhabitants.
We ascribe to the UNWTO (United Nations Word Tourism Organisation) Guidelines for Sustainable Development of Tourism. These are:
1) Make optimal use of environmental resources that constitute a key element in tourism development, maintaining essential ecological processes and helping to conserve natural heritage and biodiversity.
2) Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of host communities, conserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to inter-cultural understanding and tolerance.
3) Ensure viable, long-term economic operations, providing socio-economic benefits to all stakeholders that are fairly distributed, including stable employment and income-earning opportunities and social services to host communities, and contributing to poverty alleviation.
We also support the principles of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.