We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
A lot of people love the idea of a cycling holiday as it gets you in touch with nature and your environment, however many fear they aren’t up to the physical challenge of being on a bike for a few hours each day. On this holiday, we have the ideal solution: we kit you out with an electric bike! Electric bikes are much more environmentally friendly than other forms of motorised transport, and the small battery makes them an ideal candidate for charging via solar power or other renewable energy resources. A recent study on the environment impact of electric bicycles vs other forms of transportation found that electric bikes are about:
• 18 times more energy efficient than an SUV
• 13 times more energy efficient than a sedan
• 6 times more energy efficient than rail transit
• and, of about equal impact to the environment as a conventional bicycle.
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.