ETHIC AND PHILOSOPHY OF TRAVEL

Travel by limiting the impact on local cultures

It said that travels broaden horizons … But it is also true that we must commit ourselves to making this happen. Worldwide there are a multitude of different cultures for ages, colors, customs, traditions and religions. Unfortunately, there are also many, sometimes too many, stereotypes imposed by people and media which can be misleading.

Travel is undoubtedly the most effective way to approach the different realities in person, to know and appreciate their characteristics and differences, so that our opinion can only be the result of our direct experience.

History, ancient and recent, has marked the populations and culture of the countries we visit in better and in worse. The most evident aspects sometimes create an unexpected cultural impact on the visitor due to the perception that one has of different customs, habits and traditions. In many cases, a good deal of adaptation is required in order to fully enjoy the travel experience.

Preparing yourself specifically for the type of trip is essential in order to fully understand and appreciate the local culture.

The journey is undoubtedly the most effective way to approach the different realities in person, to know and appreciate their characteristics and differences, so that our opinion can only be the result of our direct personal experience.

To the less attentive sometimes happen to choose the most cost-effective service, unfortunately neglecting that sometimes, especially in the poorest countries, it is developed by immorally leveraging local survival needs. We do not approve of this kind of conduct and decide, while doing everything in our power to stay competitive, not to rage on reality already dramatic.

T he style of our tours is centered on absolute respect for people, local culture, traditions, religion and the environment, creating the ideal conditions for your experience. We are committed to enhancing cooperation with local staff by compensating in an ethical way.

To the less attentive sometimes happen to choose the most cost-effective service, unfortunately neglecting that sometimes, especially in the poorest countries, it is developed by immorally leveraging local survival needs.We do not approve of this kind of conduct and decide, while doing everything in our power to stay competitive, not to rage on reality already dramatic.

We are often asked to suggest a way to offer a solidarity contribution. In all honesty it is one of the most difficult questions. In many countries in the World is likely to meet children and adults who struggle every effort to survive, often through dangerous jobs, humiliating or simply not adequate. In our view, unfortunately, there is no single way to solve these situations because each situation is different and must be analyzed and contextualized differently nature.

Cash donations require careful selection. Too often local newspapers report the misconduct of known international solidarity structures involved in “marketing” for raising funds for the “Third World” or the adoption of “orphans” … with both parents still living.

The traveler has the power to contribute positively to an improvement by showing all respect for people and local culture. From a more material point of view, the journey itself contributes to the local economy.

It is certainly already a considerable contribution to avoid stubbornness following the cliché “… it is a poor country … and therefore everything must be paid extremely little …” often incorrectly fed by blogs and forums, as it represents in itself a against sense and does nothing but oppose the development of the country itself.

Price bargaining for direct on-site services, such as taxis or for purchases in the markets, is a very common practice. However, it is essential to remember that the locals are only trying to survive. Too often we are misled by the comparison with Western costs and by the lack of in-depth knowledge of the economy and the local reality and we try to get the lowest price simply to congratulate ourselves on the fact that we have managed to spend as little as possible by finding ourselves bargaining at long for pennies.

It is certainly a good idea, for those who wish, to donate school materials to children or institutes, or to contribute in terms of voluntary collaboration, subject to the supervision of the authorized staff, by dedicating one or more days of your trip to selected local organizations.

Should you wish to consider more important donations, we will do our best to offer you our assistance by putting you in contact with selected associations.

It is certainly already a considerable contribution to avoid stubbornness following the cliché “… it is a poor country … and therefore everything must be paid extremely little …” often incorrectly fed by blogs and forums, as it represents in itself a against sense and does nothing but oppose the development of the country itself.

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