Responsible Travel & Tourism
At Adventure World we promote responsible travel to areas that conserve the natural environment and improves the well-being of those indigenous people. We believe that responsible tourism promotes positive cultural and environmental ethics and practices.
Understanding the potential harm that can come from promoting tourism through many of the delicate environments in which we operate is reflected on our ideology of 'leave no trace' tourism.
One such example is our choice of the Kapawi Ecolodge in the southern Ecuadorian basin on the Pastaza River, one of the areas with the highest biodiversity on the planet. The Kapawi Project was founded in 1993 as a unique community-based tourism concept in co-ownership with the Achuar Indian community.
Working with our local ground operators, several who have won the prestigious AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) Responsible Tourism Award, we aim to promote responsible, sustainable tourism in all areas we visit.
Adventure World also offers a range of Volunteer Tours to various destinations, call us for details!
How to be a responsible traveller:
- When we visit beautiful places it's natural to want our holidays to have a positive impact on local people and their environments. Tourism is now the world's fastest growing industry, but of course with that comes the increased responsibility on us to try to reduce any negative impact our journeys may have on the environment.
- Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism.
Before you travel
- Read up on local cultures and learn a few words of the local language - travelling with respect earns you respect.
- Remove all excess packaging - waste disposal is difficult in remote places and developing countries.
- Ask us if there are useful gifts that you could pack for your hosts, local people or schools.
While on holiday
- Buy local produce in preference to imported goods.
- Do not buy products made from endangered species, hard woods or ancient artefacts.
- Respect local cultures, traditions and holy places - if in doubt ask advice.
- Use water sparingly - its very precious in many countries and tourists tend to use far more than local people.
Why not participate in a local activity like a carnival or a fête? This way you really get the chance to understand local cultures and traditions - not to mention have a great day out!
Cruelty, confinement, neglect and abuse means millions of animals worldwide pay a heavy price for tourist entertainment - many even pay with their lives. Tourist activities that involve the mistreatment of animals exist for one reason: tourists choose to support them. Adventure World endorses the work of the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA).
So keep in mind the following points from the WSPA when deciding what to do on your travels:
- Many zoos and marine parks keep animals in poor conditions with their basic needs denied.
- Not only do animals pay for souvenirs with their lives, but strict laws in Australia prohibit bringing animal products into the country.
- Posing for a photo with a wild animal is far from a happy snap. Many of these animals have been taken from the wild and are commonly drugged to control behaviour.
- Animal performances place enormous stress on animals and can involve violent training techniques. It's unnatural and demeaning for a wild animal to have to 'perform' for the sake of entertainment.
- Beware of animal rides. Many animals are poorly fed and given no shelter from the elements or access to water. Some are drugged or beaten to ensure they remain submissive.
- Exotic meat is often a recipe for torture and the result of an excruciating death.
- Animals used for blood-sport and certain fiestas and religious festivals are subjected to torment and fear and are often killed inhumanely.
Reporting animal cruelty is a vital part of Compassionate Travel. Make your report to the local police, tourist office, animal welfare society or Adventure World and include the date, time, location, type and number of animals involved. If possible, record what you have seen on film as photographs and video footage are invaluable evidence - but never pay to take them. For more information visit the WSPA website
Flying and global warming
Most of things that we do in our lives contribute to carbon dioxide emissions and global warming. Air travel - although currently a relatively small contributor (less than 5%) - is the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions.
When we're on holiday, we tend to be more laid-back about things like reusing plastic bags and water bottles or turning off lights. If we can adjust our attitudes and general habits regarding responsible travel we can make a real difference.