This may be considered a ‘new’ way of travel but we’ve always been conscious of the give and take of eco-tourism: we walk through the homeland of varying cultural groups and in order to interact with them, we use their humble lodges wherever possible. When not, in some of the higher and remote regions, we camp near villages, trading with them for food we need along the way, assisting them with medical help in the simple way we can, donate items, even on occasion cash for purchasing equipment at local schools.
Yes, for those who've had enough of mass tourism. It's about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment – and far more.
If you travel for relaxation, fulfillment, discovery, adventure and to learn – rather than simply to tick off 'places and things' – then responsible travel is for you.
Responsible travel suits the curious adventurer and enthusiast. Its travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It's about doing this in a fair way that helps ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome. For example, a local guide from the destination will open your eyes to their cultures and ways of life far better than an expat guide could ever do – they will also earn a much needed income from you.
The responsible traveler prefers smaller groups, and to meet some local people (as well as fellow travelers) rather than be surrounded by 1000's of people from back home. They don't like being herded about in a large crowd, nameless faces and understand that traveling in smaller groups makes local people and cultures more accessible.
The responsible traveler wants to get a little bit more out of his travels, and to give a little bit back to the special places and people that he encounters. The responsible traveler values authenticity – experiences integral to local people's traditions, cultures and rituals - rather than those created for tourism, or those whose existing meanings and uses have become lost as they have been packaged up for tourism. He believes that traveling with respect earns him respect. He gets to know and understand local peoples relationship with environments, and that income from tourism can be a powerful incentive for conservation. The responsible traveler values diversity – of people, cultures and environments.Cut loose and experience this world.
Responsible travel maximizes the benefits, and minimizes the negative effects of tourism.
- We can suggest some reading on local cultures and the learning of a few words of local language - traveling with respect earns you respect
- Remove all excess packaging - waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries
- We shall be glad to offer tips for responsible travel in your destination
- If you’d like to bring something to donate to the people along the trail, we shall be glad to make some suggestions of what will be appreciated.
- Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places - if in doubt ask advice or don't visit
- Use water sparingly - its very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people