Away From The Crowds

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Away from the Crowds has been offering quality authentic travel experiences in rural Spain since 2007. We offer active, self-guided holidays in the hands of local experts with cycling, walking and donkey trek tours. Our unique holidays take travellers off the beaten track and give them the opportunity to encounter and explore the diversity and richness hidden in the undiscovered corners of real Spain. We take care of the logistics so that our travellers can simply enjoy! Customer satisfaction is essential to us and we are constantly striving to improve!
Member since: 30 May 2018

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

Economic responsibility

n many areas of Spain where we work, away from mainstream tourism, this sort of holiday is a pioneering concept and is seen as a long-lasting and viable alternative.
Investing in the local community and employing local people: five full time jobs in the travel agency office and one seasonal job for our bike mechanic.
The hotels where we offer are often in “out of the way places”, sometimes even remote, rural communities. The clientele is crucial to making their small businesses viable.
Taxi transfers, luggage transfers, bicycle hire, donkey hire, buying of artisan goods, eating out and even buying food and drink from small village shops…all make an important contribution to the local economies of the places to visit.

Environmental responsibility

Carbon neutral: we will compensate the CO2 footprint for each booking through a contribution to tropical reforestation projects in collaboration with the 'CeroCO2' platform. This calculation will include taxis, transfer of luggage and hotel accommodation for every traveller.
These are some of our actions:
Reducing the use of energy and other resources such as water.
Recycling office material including paper, plastic, batteries, ink cartridges.
Disposing of bicycle components such as tyres and inner tubes responsibly.
Choosing environmentally friendly options for bicycle lubrication and cleaning where possible.
Cycling into work whenever possible and providing benefits to those who choose to cycle into work.
Maximising the tasks done with every car journey.

Social responsibility

Our relationship with local providers is important to us. We strive to maintain a positive working network throughout all the areas where our tours are based. We endeavour to ensure that local businesses benefit from the sustainable tourism that we offer, thereby supporting the local economy of fragile rural communities.
In order to guarantee an authentic experience for our travellers we choose local or national providers, avoiding large international chains wherever possible. This way our travelers have the opportunity to meet friendly locals and enjoy cultural exchanges.
We pride ourselves on our tailor-made routes, meticulously planned with insightful local information regarding things to see and do off the beaten track. Our trips are only available to individual travellers or small groups to ensure that local life is not interrupted and our travellers have the opportunity to really experience daily life as it is.

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