Best of the American west holiday
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PlanetWe spend a significant amount of time at five different national parks and various areas of natural beauty during this trip, making it essential that our staff minimise the impact of our groups.
We train our supplier in the USA and our Tour Leaders on our Responsible Tourism policy, making them ambassadors for sustainable travel policies. As our team our there are are all hikers at heart, who explore these parks in their spare time, they are eager to travel sustainably with our groups. You will be advised to stick to signposted trails at all times, and while picnic-ing in the wilderness you will be asked to take any rubbish with you.
The southwest USA is a haven for wildlife such as bear, bald eagle, elk, moose and beaver, and we want to ensure that they do not have access to other food sources that might lead to more frequent interaction with humans. Our Tour Leaders educate travellers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks. In addition, the included entrance fees on the tour help to preserve the status and upkeep of the national parks on a continued and sustainable basis.
As tap water is safe to drink in these areas, we urge customers to take a water bottle to fill up, rather than generating plastic bottle waste.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleThe USA has a huge amount of history to uncover and particularly interesting in this area is the history and culture of the Native Americans. Our local leader will be able to explain the customs and traditions of the Navajo Indians while we're in Monument Valley. While we're in this area we'll be spending money in Navajo-owned shops and cafes, which is a good way to bring in money to their economy.
We also shop at local stores for picnic items, and our Tour Leader will encourage the group to eat in family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.
Spending time in the visitor centres of the national parks, going rafting or wildlife-spotting with guides from the local area, and interacting with National Park Rangers, all helps to further our positive interactions with the locals and to preserve these jobs as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.
We travel in small groups of 12-13 people to minimise the effects of travelling that sometimes larger groups have. For example, it allows us to stay in smaller properties and eat in more local establishments, which wouldn't be able to accommodate larger coachloads of 40-50 people.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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