If you’re looking for adventure, an opportunity to travel with like-minded travellers and to get off the beaten track then this type of trip is for you! We will sometimes be covering long distances over a period of a few days but will then most often be camped up for a few days with opportunities for adventure activities, visiting local communities, time in a town or city to chill out or wildlife viewing experiences. The roads are sometimes bumpy and you need to expect the unexpected! This type of travel is through regions where things can change and experiences are more important than luxury – borders sometimes close and there may not always be hot water in the showers! You will generally be camping out under the stars, sometimes out in the bush, but generally more on campsites. (Our South America and Central Asia trips also use small locally-run hostels and guest houses). The trips are fully participative so you will be involved shopping for food in local markets, cooking for your group (on a rota system), collecting water and setting up camp. If you’re not confident about doing any of these things beforehand, don’t worry our crew are there to help you and you’ll be good at it by the time you finish!
You will be travelling on one of our own purpose built overlanding vehicles with up to 24 travellers, many of whom will be travelling on their own. It is a great way for solo travellers to travel. We have lost count of the number of travellers who have met their future spouse on one of our trips! Our vehicles are fully equipped with tents and cooking equipment and are designed for great all-round viewing and a sociable seating plan. You will be accompanied on your trip by a Driver and Tour Leader and, depending on your trip, we often use local guides at sites of specific interest for more detailed information.
This type of travel will provide you with a plethora of memories and stories to tell, new-found travelling companions and friends and a well-exercised spirit of adventure!
Responsible tourism: London to Istanbul trans Europe tour
Wildlife: As part of our trip we will visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania. In 1998 a Romanian woman, Cristina Lapis, saw 3 bears in a small cage outside a restaurant in central Romania where they were used to attract customers. She later found more bears used in a similar way in other areas of the country. Her dream was to rescue these distressed animals and to change public attitudes to stop this cruel and illegal exploitation of one of Romania’s magnificent native animals.
Now that dream is being realised, with over 60 bears enjoying a new life in the Sanctuary – 70 hectares of oak and hazel forest in the Carpathian Mountains above the Transylvanian town of Zarnesti.
Here, the bears climb trees, swim in the pools and forage on the vegetation. For many of them, having been caught from the wild as cubs, this is a new and stimulating experience.
The Romanian bear sanctuary has helped to create better awareness of the issues affecting bears in Romania. The Romanian public, media and also the authorities have now taken this project to their hearts. The sanctuary has given new life to once-captive bears and is a symbol of optimism for the protection of Romania’s rich natural environment.
Waste: Before joining any of our trips all our travellers are provided with detailed pre-departure information advising them on how to reduce the environmental impact of their travels. This includes information on reducing waste on your trip. This information is reiterated in the pre-departure talk at the start of your trip. We encourage use of refillable water bottles, thereby reducing the environmental impact of plastic bottles. As a company we try to operate our office as paper free as possible and recycle as much as we can. Our brochure is printed on stock produced from sustainable sources and uses vegetable based inks.
Friends and Neighbours: As a company we love finding out about and using local restaurants and guides. In Prague our city tour is conducted by a local guide from a small locally run company. We enjoy getting off the beaten track and finding small independant restaurants and bars-enabling more interaction with local people and helping us to support local people directly.
Volunteering and Charity: this is a relatively new geographical area of operation for us as a company. We have been running tours in Africa, South America, Middle East and Central Asia for many years. In all those areas we have projects that we support on a regular financial basis. These include a school in Cairo, a Children's Home in Zimbabwe and a community project in Peru. As a company we run bi-annual charity comedy nights to further raise money for these projects and projects local to our UK office-these have included a project for Teenage Runaways; a Trailway project; our local Age Concern group and a local skate park. So far these comedy nights have raised about £12,000. We look forward to finding a community project on this trip that we can similarly support. As a company we feel it is important to give something back to the communities we visit and, if we can, to people that would not normally benefit from tourist income.