Responsible Travel

Everyone’s talking about Responsible Travel – what does that even mean?

Every new adventure we set off on has an impact on our beautiful world. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you go, just by being there, you can have an influence on the immediate environment. We are all responsible for making every effort to minimise our footprints as much as possible. Mainstream tourism has already caused some serious problems: Ocean that used to be crystal clear with colourful coral and tons of fish has turned into greyish water full of litter. Animals such as elephants, monkeys, tigers that belong to the jungle are being used and mistreated for a few moments of amusement. Travelling responsibly is essentially common sense.

Responsible travel is about keeping the impact you have on the places you visit as minimal as possible. You should leave each place with lasting, fond memories, not a trail of destruction behind you! If you travel responsibly, you will make a positive contribution to each destination, you will make the most of the experiences you have with the people you meet, in the environment that surrounds you and you will leave with inspiring travel experiences that you’ll treasure forever!

The ULTIMATE definition of responsible travel is to support the local environment, economy and people in the areas that we visit and we will only work with companies who support and share our core values. We are respectful at all times of local cultures and traditions, and being the big animal lovers that we are, we don’t ride elephants and won’t take you to the tiger temples.

Why We Don’t Ride Elephants

We love animals and knowing what we know about how the elephants are treated, we would never ride them. Ask us about better, more humane ways of seeing these magical creatures up close!

Ultimate Adventure Travel is very passionate about giving back to communities that are not as fortunate as the ones we live in/come from. We support two fantastic charities that empowers communities to be more self-sufficient.

Life Project Cambodia has a simple objective – they want to give communities in Cambodia the opportunity to create their own solutions to poverty. The work they do empowers the people in these communities to make the changes they need, rather than having to rely on others to do that for them – it promotes self-sufficiency, the long term benefits of which are undisputed.

The Kiva Foundation provides interest free loans to people in remote communities who would like some financial assistance for things such as education and improving their homes – things that will help them long term to build a better life for them and their families.

It’s easy to travel responsibly!

You can be an advocate for responsible travel too. Check out our handy tips on how below …

Before your adventure begins:

  • Learn about where you are going.

    The more research you do, the more you will be able to understand about the people, the culture and the environment. It’s only when you understand these that you can understand how you might affect them.

  • Learn some simple phrases in the local language.

    Taking the time to learn a few of even just the simplest phrases, is not only practical, but a big sign of respect towards the people of the communities you are going to visit.

  • Learn about the local etiquette.

    Knowing about dress codes and how it is appropriate to greet people (and how it is inappropriate), is important! Otherwise, you could end up offending locals by disrespecting their cultures.

  • Think about what you take with you.

    Things that have certain types of packaging, for example, could be damaging to the environments of communities that don’t have the same standard of waste disposal as what you’re used to at home.

When you get there:

  • Respect Your Surroundings.

    Observe how some things might be done and follow the examples set by the locals. For example, if no-one else is going in to a temple in hot pants and a vest top, maybe you shouldn’t either.

  • Support the local communities by buying local produce.

    You can find out if something has been produced locally and try and favour those options. By doing this, you can be confident that the money you are spending is going straight back in to the community.

  • Keep it local

    As above, try and stay in locally run accommodation if you can, book tours that support local tour guides, eat at local food venues. The benefit of this is twofold – your money goes straight to the community, and you get a much more authentic experience, the memories of which will stay with you for longer!

  • Be aware of limitations when it comes to local resources.

    If there is a shortage of clean water, it is not appropriate to spend half an hour in the shower! Conserve water, food and energy resources where you can so as not to deprive the local communities. Remember, they often don’t have everything available in the quantities that we do at home.

By embarking on responsible travel when we take our trips, we help to preserve what is so good about the destinations that we visit. After all, you will love your journey so much that maybe you will, one day, want to go back!

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