Responsible tourism: North America overland tour, Las Vegas to Anchorage
North America's National Parks are one of the few places in this world with pristine and untouched wilderness. It goes without saying that we recycle to local possibilities and leave our campsites exactly as we found them. Being out in the wilderness also means teaching our guests how to interact with wildife safely. We make sure to not put wild animals in any danger through frequent interaction with humans. For bears this means for example to never leave any food or trash open or unlocked in our camps to make sure these beautiful wild animals don't get used to different food sources other than what mother nature provides them.
Our Overland Vehicle is running carbon neutral. As much as we believe that the only right way is to save ressources and find ways to reduce CO2 emmissions we also think running our vehicle carbon neutral is at least a start: It is a necessary second-best solution for us as a small company. We decided to go with atmosfair, which is a climate protection organisation with a focus on travel. They actively protect the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies, among other activities. This means we are calculating the fuel consumption for a whole year. 3 liters of fuel equals 3 kg of CO2. For the amount of CO2 emissions we will pay atmosfair to compensate and reinvest in green energy projects.
We believe that traveling broadens your mind. Group travel allows you not only to encounter the culture of the places you are visiting it also allows you to interact with people from different countries learning about their living experiences. Being out in the nature and sleeping under the stars brings you freedom and may give you different perspectives and views on you life back home.
Being a small family run business, we pride ourselves on developing relationships with the locals, most notably the local suppliers. When we provide accommodations, or when we provide certain activties, we do everything we can to work with small local businesses. Going shopping, we look for local farmersí markets to purchase local produce. If we are providing accommodations, we work with people like Mary Jane and Tony Lustufka who have been running a local bed and breakfast for over 20 years. The activities we provide through third party suppliers are with locals like fishing with Jim Lavrakas or a small family run bear viewing company like Smokey Bay Air. This is supporting the local fishermen culture in Alaska which at the same time provides unique experiences for our clients.
Reviews of North America overland tour, Las Vegas to Anchorage
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2016 by Julie Woods
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I did the 20 day Alaskan Adventure and a part of the Canada Gold Rush Adventure tours. Not only was the weather absolutely awesome they took us to locations that I would never had known if I was doing this trip on my own (i.e. Maclaren Lodge, Adventure Camp). We were able to enjoy many pre arranged activities (i.e., hikes and boat cruises) but they also gave us free time so we could do optional activities or just to have a quiet day (enjoying beautiful vistas). Not only did we see many animals but were able to see the Northern Lights on many occasions. Hiking Exit Glacier was exhausting but well workers it when you get to the top!!!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be open to sharing your holiday with people from different parts of the world who may not share the same language. You quickly realize that words are just a small part of how we communicate with others. Be open to new experiences...this was my first experience with pit toilets and although there was a bit of a shock with some of the toilet facilities on this tour it added to the absolutely awesome experiences! Lastly, be sure to bring a warm sleeping bag as the nights can get pretty chilly!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I really liked that the holiday provider chose locations that were sometimes off the traditional Alaskan tourist destinations. The Adventure Camp was one of my favourite parts of the tour (and not only because we saw 4 whales while sea kayaking!). The owners of the camp were amazing hosts and provided a beautiful location to enjoy a bit of what Alaskan life is really like.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Since this was my first trip on my own I felt very comfortable with the holiday providers as the owners were the people directly running the trip. They were always available to answer questions both before and during the trip. I would not hesitate to recommend this company to anyone looking for an exciting overland tour of Alaska (and Canada too!).