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.

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.
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