Off Season Adventures

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Off Season Adventures is a bespoke travel company. We curate immersive experiences designed to delight and empower both traveler and destination. Currently, our collection of destinations includes Tanzania, Uganda, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Nepal.
Member since: 27 Sep 2019

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

Economic responsibility

We start by focusing our tours during the off season, which creates economic stability in the tourism sector. By booking directly through our local partners, guides, encouraging clients to buy local souvenirs, and staying at locally owned & operated lodges, not only do our travelers have better experiences, but as much money as possible stays in the destination.

To date, 84.0% of the full cost of all tours booked with Off Season Adventures has gone directly back into the local economies. With international airfare included in the package cost, 69.4% of our clients’ tours has gone back into the local economies. These flights are not booked by Off Season Adventures, but is helpful in understanding the full picture.

My head of operations and head of sales are in the US. All destination partners are local organizations and they employ local guides, drivers, etc. We do not directly own the organizations or contracts abroad. 

We only partner with locally-owned operators. They use local labor and accommodations whenever possible. We brief our travelers on buying locally-made goods and services while in the country. Our partners know that these are the establishments to take our travelers and they advise them on what is made in country and what is not. The only exception would be if they are traveling to a specific place or require a certain international brand for accommodations. This is rare for us to include on our custom tours. All tours you will have through RT will be all local labor and accommodations. 

Environmental responsibility

We operate on a completely paperless basis when communicating with clients and our contacts on the ground, recycle all plastic bottles from the tours, and invest in conservation of local forests.

Our partners at Carbon Tanzania conserve huge tracts of forested land in Tanzania. Their Yaeda Valley REDD+ Project is what we have contributed to since the inception of Off Season Adventures. The Yaeda Valley is an area that the Hadzabe tribe have called home for thousands of years. This not only has a positive environmental impact, but also has a positive impact on the local population of the Hadzabe.

We recycle the water bottles from our tours. Using reusable water bottles is a challenge because there would be limited places, if any, to re-fill them. In our destinations it is highly recommended that they use the plastic water bottles for health reasons. Wherever possible, we use the bigger water bottles which are made of less plastic, rather than a bunch of smaller ones. 

We encourage clients to limit their water usage, require them not to litter, and discourage the changing of bedding and towels. They are given briefings on how to interact with wildlife, as well, if within a wildlife destination. Most of our tours require them to stay within the safari vehicles and they are briefed on what to do and not to do while in the vehicle. If they are tracking with gorillas or chimpanzees in Uganda, the UWA briefs them prior to the tracking.  

We have our 501c3 projects which lead to environmental and economic benefits for local communities, but we also encourage things like gorilla and chimpanzee tracking in Uganda, descending to the Crater in Tanzania, nature walks and hiking, and camping in Ethiopia- all of which lead to funding environmental protection and conservation.  

Eradicating single use plastics is a challenge in our destinations, especially in terms of water bottles. Many of the solutions in research have not been able to be achieved in practice. In a few cases, we can pack the clients' lunches in reusable glass containers, but this is not always the case. I would like to work on this category more in the future, but it is hard as a small company to make several of these changes.  

Regarding carbon reduction schemes the two members of my staff are in different locations than I am, so we do not commute to an office. When I need them on the rare occasion to meet together, we take buses, trains, or public transportation. Unless it is very important for one of us to visit a destination, we do not fly. All communication is electronic with staff, partners, and clients. 

Wherever possible we support local foods. By going with local accommodations, they are often getting their food sources from local suppliers, or at least within the country. We have some great experiences in Tunisia with farm to table, and all food at Tanzania accommodations is from the country- that I know for sure. 

What I love about Carbon Tanzania is that their approach is two fold- environmental and economic. They are able to preserve huge tracts of land in Tanzania and train the Hadzabe tribe, who use the land for their survival, to better maintain it, all while utilizing metrics. They now have multiple projects outside of the Yaeda Valley in Tanzania. These contributions are only for Tanzania experiences and we are working with our ground partners to find other great organizations like this for our other destinations. Each destination essentially has its own savings account for conservation and contributions to our 501c3 for infrastructure improvements. 

Social responsibility

We reserve 5% of our clients’ total package cost to invest in the local communities and environment through our partnering 501(c)(3) Second Look Worldwide. These investments are tangible projects which our clients can see during their trip. All projects are determined by the communities and dependent on their most direct needs, however, we are focusing on projects that support water management solutions.

We recently completed our first community initiative, the Kakoi Water Project, a project that will provide a year-round source of water to the village of Kakoi and its surrounding communities, including three other villages, two schools, and a dispensary. By supporting these local communities that border Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, we contribute to their well-being and encourage them to make an extra effort to protect animals in the area.

All travelers are briefed on the local culture by me ahead of their trip, but also on the first day and throughout the tour while in country. Things like taking photos, greetings, and conversation topics are all mentioned. 

All of our trips will have a main guide leading them through the country. When they visit communities, there is always a local guide which will be hired for that excursion. 

For our 501c3 projects travelers will be able to see where their 5% is going. We are still building out the exact projects for Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Nepal, but we should have those soon. In Tanzania, we are working with the Kakoi village for the water project and in Uganda, we partnered with a non-profit tourism organization that has a series of projects they and we support. Our clients spend at least a day participating in these activities.

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