In addition to supporting local community projects, wherever possible Go Differently supports the local economies by recruiting their guides and drivers locally.
All our local staff are paid a fair wage for their labour ensuring that as much of the trip price as possible goes straight into the community.
By working in co-operation with local individuals and companies, particularly in less-developed regions, we advise on any potential impacts of our visits and strive to minimise these wherever possible. In this way, those who travel with us are not greeted as unwanted intruders but rather as welcome guests.
In the office we use paper from sustainable sources and recycling facilities as far as it is practical to do so. We also reduce wastage by trying to keep our paper-based literature/correspondance to a minimum.
Details of all our trips are re-produced on our website and available in downloadable electronic format rather than producing glossy brochures which quickly become out of date.
In many countries we co-operate with environmentalists who are actively working to preserve and improve their local surroundings. We are guided by the advice they offer and encourage you to do the same.
Our pre-trip Adventure Files include advice about our responsible travel policies and will encourage you to follow our guidelines. These include stressing the need to avoid wastage of local resources, minimising the pollution caused by leaving litter, and emphasising the need to respect local customs and cultural beliefs.
As locals themselves, our guides will also advise and help you to fit in with social expectations.
In order to ensure a minimal impact on the places visited, the maximum size of a group on any trip is 12. We believe this allows you to become actively involved in the lives of the local communities without imposing "foreign" morals and values.