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RESPONSIBLE TOURISM


RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

We love travel, but we are also extremely aware of its social and environmental impact. Because of this, we are committed to making only gentle footprints in the countries we explore. By keeping our groups small, supporting local and global charitable causes and approaching all that we do ethically,   we are able to minimise any negative effects. Safety, financial security and high levels of service are always top priorities too – we are fully bonded and regulated by the below travel authorities who ensure protection you can trust.

Responsible Tourism
We try to ensure that we tread only very softly in all the countries we visit. Travel enriches people’s lives and boosts communities who rely on tourism. However, mass tourism inevitably brings some negative side effects. We recognise that it is unreasonable for local communities to maintain their traditional lifestyles and possibly primitive living conditions for the benefit of tourists, and that everyone should have the right to improved living conditions and more comfortable lifestyles.

The Walking Partnership

This initiative provides direct financial support to local walking clubs. Sign up for the scheme and your walking group will receive funding in the form of a financial contribution every time you or one of your members books a holiday with Ramblers Walking Holidays, as well as other great benefits. If you feel that your group would benefit, sign up now! And remember to nominate your group each time you book. Read more on rwhtravel.com

Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators, ?Ramblers Walking Holidays’ profits that are not required for the running of the business are channelled into The Walking Partnership and the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust which supports environmental conservation projects in the UK. In the UK our Trust supports the Ramblers (formerly the Ramblers Association) and smaller UK charities that provide outdoor experiences including the disadvantaged, the disabled and inner city children. Read more on rwhtravel.com

Heart & Sole

Our initiative, Heart & Sole, which is managed by Ramblers Walking Holidays office staff, is intended to make a long term, direct impact, particularly in less developed countries, where even a small amount goes a long way. We are currently working with SPANA in Morocco, Cockermouth Mountain Rescue, and SOS Children’s Villages in Costa Rica, Cape Verde, Malawi and Morocco.

In South Africa, we sponsor a primary school at Royal Drakensberg, we help support a breakfast club at the Monchy Primary School in St Lucia, in Narlai, India we donate essentials to school children at the Bhero Kakar Primary School and we support Andros Routes, a volunteer organisation on Andros, Greece which promotes sustainable tourism on the island. Read more on rwhtravel.com

What we do

Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an ‘up close and personal’ experience of your destination, but minimises impact on the immediate environment. As members of AITO we support their Sustainable Tourism ethos recognising the social, economic and environmental responsibility of tour operating.

  • We aim to operate within the Travellers’ Code set out by the Friends of Conservation and we try to ensure our holidays give consideration to local people and cultures. See the code online here.
  • We often use local guides, transport, porters and food to benefit the local economy without exploitation.
  • We try not to insulate you too much from the realities of local life. You’ll be on holiday to gain new experiences, and you’ll have them in abundance.
  • We like to develop long term relationships with our destinations, hoteliers and other local partners and support valuable local projects in the places we visit through our staff ‘Heart & Sole’ charity.





OUR TOP 10 TIPS FOR A RESPONSIBLE HOLIDAY
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Do your homework

Find out a little about the history and culture of the country you are going to be visiting. Look at a map, read a guidebook or call us if you have any major concerns. Their concepts of time or of what is important may be wildly different to what you are used to. Making the effort to learn a few words of the local language will usually go a long way. And don’t forget, the reason you left home in the first place was to experience something different.
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Avoid displays of wealth

Being able to afford an airline ticket is enough to show your relative wealth. Keep your valuables in a safe place until it is appropriate to use them, or leave them at home in the first place.
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Bargaining

Don’t pay inflated tourist prices just because something might be relatively cheap and not worth the effort of bargaining for - this may well be against local practice and push prices and local expectations up. Bear in mind that what is a small amount to you, may be an important sum to the seller. Equally, don’t drive a hard bargain just because you can. Pay a fair price. Tip what is reasonable locally, not at the Ritz. Again, your tour leader will be able to give you advice.
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Pack in, pack out

Don’t leave anything you brought with you on the trail, including fruit peelings and seeds, which take a long time to decompose and may result in the inadvertent introduction of non-indigenous plant species. Litter is both unsightly and can harm local wildlife, and a discarded cigarette can be a serious fire hazard. Don’t bring in what you don’t need in the first place; unnecessary packaging can be left at home.
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Personal hygiene

Adapt the rules of personal hygiene to the environment you are visiting. When trekking in wild places, you don’t need to wash your hair every day. Use detergents as little as possible to protect sensitive environments and local water supplies. Sometimes it’s OK to forego your daily bath or shower, look a little windswept or have a couple of days’ stubble on your face. If water supplies are limited, use only enough to stay clean.
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Local sanitation

Comply with local sanitation requirements. We are so used to being able to flush more or less anything down the toilet that we forget that, in many countries, this is not a practical proposition. Observe local rules and if in doubt "Bag It and Bin It - Don’t Flush It!"
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Local dress codes

Be sensitive to and comply with local customs and dress codes. Information on key local codes should be on your holiday information sheet but make sure you do your own research too.
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Photos

Always ask permission before taking pictures of local people to avoid causing offence.
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Don’t encourage begging

If you want to give gifts, ask your tour leader for advice on what would be appropriate and how to go about it.
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Give the local food a try

Be sure to try the local food. You should, however, avoid drinks and peeled or uncooked food from unknown sources.



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