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 and advise clients to use rechargeable batteries in their cameras/ torches etc. 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.
Energy- We encourage our clients to think responsibly about their energy use during their trip. They are advised, upon booking a trip with us, in our comprehensive pre-departure information to turn off lights and air conditioning/heating before leaving hotel rooms and this information is re-iterated at the start of the trip by our Tour Leader.
Friends and Neighbours-As a company we aim to ensure that as much of the trip cost as possible benefits the communities through which we are travelling. This trip is in fact run in conjunction with a local Jordanian operator. The tour is accompanied by a local Driver and (depending on group size) a local Tour Leader. We also use local guides at Petra and Jerash and, local 4 wheel drive vehicles and drivers in Wadi Rum. We stay at small locally run hotels and use local restaurants. In Wadi Rum we stay at an inclusive Bedouin Camp that employs a number of staff. Staying, and eating in, these locally run facilities enables more interaction with local people and helps us to support local communities more directly.
Volunteering and Charity-As a company we have been running tours in Africa, South America, Middle East and Central Asia for many years. In all these 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. We also 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 £15,000. 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.