EST Adventure

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EST Adventure is one man’s dream come true. No achievement in life, no peak climbed and no journey to the remotest part of the world can be fully appreciated if there is no friend with you to share the joy. It is for this very reason that EST Adventure was established – to share with you the wide experience gained by a small group of people in expeditions, explorations and adventures over the past fifteen years.
Member since: 19 Mar 2018

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

Economic responsibility

Our economic commitment

Our first goal is to act in an economically responsible way. Such aspect of sustainability is important because it ensures that local economies are benefiting from our business. Through our economic commitment, we seek to support the local economy and therefore aid the functioning of our local society. As it is the case with our environmental commitment, our actions for preserving the local economy are implemented both in our offices and during our trips. Below you will read about activities that we engage in order to aid the local economy.

In our offices
We hire exclusively local staff.
We buy all our working and travelling equipment locally, unless we have no other choice.
We encourage our staff to get involved in charity and fundraising projects that help the local economy, like how we collect plastic caps and donate them to the “Cap for Handicap” initiative, which sells the caps to buy orthopaedic aids for people with disabilities.
We don’t work with middle men, foreign-owned companies, or disreputable organisations. We achieve our responsibility aims through working with locally owned accommodation, transport or other local organisations.
We don’t engage in any form of bribery or fraudulent activities.

On our trips
We always hire local guides, rather than bringing guides from our home city. This way, we don’t only help the local economy, but we also ensure that our travellers are provided with personal and genuinely local perspectives.
We book accommodation at locally-owned (i.e., ‘ethno’) places. We avoid large hotel chains because we want to support the local economy and provide our travellers with authentic experiences. We believe it is better to pay local owners than large businesses.
We also encourage our travellers to collect their bottle caps during their trips and provide them to their guide, so they can also be donated to the “Cap for Handicap” initiative. Every little bit helps.
We take our travellers to taste local food, in local restaurants. Again, this helps us to support the local economy and give our travellers a sense of local tastings.
We encourage our travellers to not bring any pre-packed food or beverages on trips. We always strive to provide locally bought food or beverages, or whenever possible, we make sure that local markets and shops are visited during our trips.
Where we are able, we provide our travellers with opportunities to buy locally-made products, such as paintings, weavings, baskets, and carving products to support the local economy in which they are part of, and they always make a great souvenir or gift.

Environmental responsibility

Our environmental commitment

Our second goal is to be committed to the environment. We are well-aware of the fact that our environment needs to be preserved, not only during our visits to the natural habitats of Serbia, Bosnia, and Montenegro, but also within our own working settings. For this reason, we seek to preserve the environment both in our offices and during our trips. In our offices, we always ensure that we are protecting the environment through an efficient and responsible use of resources. And when planning trips, we always make sure that they are designed in a manner that reduces the negative environmental impact. Here is the list of activities we engage in for protecting the environment in our offices and during our trips.

In our offices
We avoid printing, unless we have no choice. We find it important to recycle all papers, which we do through collaborating with a local recycling company.
We prefer to send our brochures in a pdf than in a print form.
We recycle all plastic bottles whenever we drink water or soft drinks.
We seek to be energy efficient by engaging in actions such as setting automatic computer shutdown at 6 pm.
We use energy-efficient lightning, such as LED bulbs, in our offices.

On our trips
We inform our travellers regarding the ecosystem in Bosnia, Serbia, and Montenegro.
We are partners with the Via Dinarica system, which promotes the execution of sustainable and ecological tours across the Dinaric Alps.
We remind our travellers not to pollute the environment or leave litter during trips. All places visited must be left in exactly the same state as they were when arrived. Expanding on that, our tour guides raise awareness on how travellers can practice the principles of reuse, recycle, and appropriate waste disposal during trips.
We encourage our travellers to refill water bottles during trips, so as to avoid the unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and subsequent waste disposal.
We tend to use, when available, vehicles with low carbon emission on all our trips.

Social responsibility

Our social commitment

Our third goal is to be committed to our society and its members. We use social responsibility as an ethical framework that obliges us to act for the benefit of both individuals and the society at large. We understand that social responsibility is a duty of all our employees and travellers who wish to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems. We place a value on respecting our employees, travellers, locals, and local cultures. This way, we ensure that we are friendly and useful to everyone involved in our business. Here’s a list of activities we engage in so as to foster social responsibility in our offices and during our trips:

In our offices
We ensure the happiness and satisfaction of our employees. If issues arise at work, it is our uttermost duty to address them and foster fair employment practices.
We consider cultural issues when planning trips to new destinations.
We encourage our staff and travellers to act in a socially responsible manner.
We are always willing to participate in social projects that aim to enhance the well-being of people in our community.

On our trips
We do everything we can to provide fun, enjoyable, and safe trips to our travellers.
We provide our travellers with rules of conduct and tips on how to get involved in local culture and society.
We work with accommodations and organisations that respect both travellers and local communities.
We foster the respect of cultures in all destinations we travel to and abide to laws of each region.
We inform our travellers regarding relevant customs and traditions whenever we are in a situation where locals may feel sensitive.
We provide information about Balkan, effects of war in the 90s, and relevant history. This way, we ensure that our travellers are introduced to the local background.

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