Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.
How Yemen holidays makes a difference
We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such a region can have a negative impact on the lives of those who live there as well as the environment. On all our Yemen holidays we therefore go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive… after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring
Our Yemen holidays support the Socotra Archipelago Conservation and Development Programm (SCDP), set up to ensure the long-term preservation and environmentally sound development of the fragile eco-Archipelago. When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions
On all our Yemen holidays we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and guides, and ensure that all supplies are purchased locally for the journey. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. In addition, a number of the drivers own their own vehicles which gives them a greater independence and profit
We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. We realise that we are exceptionally privileged to be travelling in areas where most of the people have far less than us and that the desire to ‘help’ can be very powerful. As such we have set up a number of projects ourselves – such as tree planting in Rajasthan, educational trusts in Pakistan and tourism development initiatives in Kyrgyzstan – and in addition we now have arrangements with a number of carefully chosen Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), which we feel do a great job of helping local communities deal with the pressures and problems of the modern world.
All our Yemen holidays donate a certain amount from the proceeds of the tour you are on to these charities and we are happy for you to give more should you wish. We are also happy for you to visit the organisation – wherever possible – so you can see for yourself exactly where your money is going. We feel this is the best way to deal with the travellers’ conundrum of giving without spoiling.