Exodus Travels

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We recognize that the cultures, environments and economies we visit are fragile requiring a sustained commitment from us to ensure that we have a lasting positive effect. Our tourism can be a real help to local communities providing income, positive cultural exchanges and the financial incentive to protect the natural environment
Member since: 31 Jan 2002

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

  • We will use locally owned and run services by preference.
  • We use locally owned and run accommodation in preference to foreign owned hotel chains In most destinations we will aim to where possible purchase our equipment and food from locally produced source.
  • We will only import goods when absolutely necessary.
  • We support local income generation and small business enterprises by supporting locally owned shops and restaurants, and using local guide services.
  • We will work together with our business partners in the host destinations to implement the highest of standards and work out an agenda on how these standards can be met.
  • We will provide regular and ongoing training, in the principles and practices of responsible tourism, both to our staff in the office and those employed out of the office.We will try to ensure that foreign operators and guides are not used in preference to local operators and guides.
  • We will provide financial support for local economic projects thereby actively encouraging local community involvement in Tourism Projects.

Environmental responsibility

  • We will take into consideration environmental issues when looking at new destinations.
  • We will ensure that our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people so we ensure that our type and scale of tourism is appropriate to local conditions and operate within the limits set by local appropriate infrastructure and carrying capacity.
  • We aim to take responsibility for maintaining and improving the environment
  • We look for appropriate systems for minimising water and atmospheric pollution from tourism developments.
  • We aim to achieve zero litter policies.
  • We aim to integrate environmental considerations into all economic considerations.
  • We will provide financial support for local environmental projects.
  • We aim to reduce the levels of energy use in our offices and by our staff by recycling where possible and reduce paper use by increased training and use of computer technology.

Social responsibility

  • We encourage clients through our leaders, the literature and slide shows to act in a responsible way and with an insight and understanding of the host destination.
  • We will take into consideration cultural issues when looking at new destinations.
  • We will ensure that our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people so we ensure that our type and scale of tourism is appropriate to local conditions and operate within the limits set by local appropriate infrastructure and carrying capacity
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  • We will try to ensure that foreign operators and guides are not used in preference to local operators and guides.
  • We will provide financial support for local economic projects thereby actively encouraging local community involvement in Tourism Projects.

It began in Afghanistan in 1974 when two friends organised an overland truck into the Hindu Kush. Since then, they have explored most of the world - and founded a travel company. Their trucks are now much more comfortable, but the thrill of discovery remains.
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