Trails Beyond

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Trails Beyond is a boutique tour operator offering authentic, life – enriching adventure travel experiences in Greece’s lesser known places. We are a company made of and for like-minded travelers, people sharing the same travel ethos, values and vision, with passion about Greece, dedicated in delivering supreme services to our valuable guests. We are strong believers that traveling is not just visiting a destination, it’s all about the experience you get… we have created, therefore, unique, handcrafted explorations that benefit not only our travelers but also the places and people we visit. We continuously strive for minimum environmental footprint and utmost benefits both for the traveler and the hosting communities, through meaningful cultural exchanges. With Trails Beyond you won’t just visit Greece; you will immerse yourself in the country, you will experience Greece from a local perspective and enjoy an adventure you will remember for years!
Member since: 20 Nov 2018

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

Economic responsibility

We are committed to:
Using locally owned, and environmentally and socially responsible, accommodation wherever possible.
Support the local communities by choosing locally owned partners in our destinations, using local guides and drivers, family-run hotels and restaurants.
Ensuring that people who work for Trails Beyond are treated fairly and paid a fair wage
Developing long-term relationships with our local partners so that the economic benefit is ongoing.

Environmental responsibility

We are committed to:
Wild and domestic animal protection alongside broader good environmental practice.
Being environmentally friendly also in our own offices such as encouraging cycling to work, car sharing, recycling, lowering energy use and using planet-friendly cleaning products.
Minimizing our environmental footprint while on a tour, by traveling in small groups, avoiding the use of plastic bottles, recycling our cans, paper and plastics
The implementation of practices that help in the environmental conservation of the areas we visit.

Generally in mainland Greece (except for the islands) water is drinkable in most of the places, so we always advise them where water is drinkable or not. When they can safely drink water from the tap, we recommend them to refill their bottles of water / camel-backs so that we reduce the use of plastic bottles. In some of our trips, water is provided every day in the morning, so in this case we buy big water bottles, i.e. 5lt, and we distribute the water to our travelers in their camel-backs / bottles so that we reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles.

During all our trips, we strive for minimum environmental footprint, meaning that don’t want to pollute or affect in a negative way the natural environment around us. The first and most fundamental thing we say to our travelers is to leave no trash behind us, so even when we do picnic lunch outdoors, we collect all our trash and take them with us until we find a proper bin to throw them. We also recycle the products we use (paper, glass, plastic), after trying to minimize the volume of it. Wherever there is protected wildlife, we give our travelers at least some basic guidelines on how to minimize damage on the local flora and fauna and better protect it. For example, on Pindos range, in the alpine zone especially, we have the endangered species of a wild goat, rupicapra. If we are lucky enough to see any rupicapra from far away while hiking, we advise our travelers to be quiet, don’t make any intense movements or try to approach them as they will get really scared and run away. If we are on a beach where the caretta caretta have left their eggs during summer, when the reproduction season is, we give very specific guidelines on how to approach the beach, avoid their nests etc. so that we protect them and don’t ruin their habitat or put in danger their babies. So these are some indicative examples.

The most common initiative is recycle. Apart from that, several accommodations place signs in the rooms regarding the change of towels/linen daily etc and ask from travelers to throw them on the floor if they want them changed earlier than the normal etc. Other accommodations have solar panels for heating the water. Many of them use local, organic products in their breakfasts.

we try to promote sustainable and eco-friendly activities, such as hiking, kayaking, sailing, swimming or cultural/educational visits. During all our trips, we encourage travelers to reduce their waste, recycle, take their rubbish with them, reduce use of electricity and water consumption. We also encourage e-check in and e-vouchers, in order to print as less as possible. Another practice for example is that our tour guides have always a bag with them and we collect plastic trash we may find on our hiking paths to keep them clean and reduce environmental pollution. Or we produce economic benefit (through our activity) to the communities we visit that can encourage environmental conservation. We also try to raise the environmental awareness not only amongst our travelers, but mostly to the hosting communities who may lack such kind of information.

Social responsibility

We are committed to:
Ongoing training of our staff and local partners in the principles and practices of responsible travel
Ensuring that our type and scale of tourism is appropriate to local conditions and does not overload local infrastructure.
Encouraging positive cultural exchanges between our travelers and the hosting communities, offering a deep understanding of the hosting culture and preserving the local traditions and customs.
Encouraging our clients, through our literature, staff and leaders, to act in a socially responsible way.
Attempt to integrate the ethos of responsible travel throughout our organization.

We advise guests in advance about any out of the ordinary political/social situation in Greece (we operate only in Greece for the moment). Otherwise, we provide them with adequate info when they arrive, again if necessary.

We actually try to maximize our positive impact on local cultures, by educating our travelers about the culture of the places we visit. We also encourage them to buy local products, eat in family-run restaurants, interact with the locals, inform them about local traditions, history etc. or advise them accordingly if some type of behavior wouldn’t be acceptable in a destination.

As described previously, we always encourage travelers to buy local products and support local communities at the destinations we visit. This may include local artisans as well, such as wood crafters, artisans who make handmade ceramics, products from wax/honey, whenever possible we visit and support financially local farmers, bee keepers, olive oil farms etc.

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