Travel to Remote Places
This page is all about supporting our friends, and promoting responsible, sustainable tourism. As travellers, we are at our best when we travel with humility, interested in all that our hosts have to offer, and willing to support local economies in small ways. Small gestures from a steady flow of respectful travellers encourages independence and growth.
We would suggest that the following should be considered as a MINIMUM when trying to travel responsibly.
1. We should not judge people in the way that we might judge people at home. We may not agree at all with their customs, but we are travelling to learn not to preach.
2. Learn and respect local attitudes to dress and behaviour. It is best, for example,not to combine trips to indiginous places with wild drinking holidays...
3. Also learn local customs regarding money and tipping. Giving money to children may turn them into beggars.
4. Try to support the local economy as well as the tourist economy. It may take a while to feel the difference, but engaging with the local economies will spread your wealth outside of the tourist areas, which in many countries are not locally owned.
Many places we have visited have been extremely difficult to access, and finding the right gatekeeper is sometimes very difficult. On some of our research trips we have allowed a carefully selected local tour company to prepare the way for us and make all local arrangements, on other trips we have had to work on a more ad-hoc basis. The following are some of our favorite guides. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a trip with them and we will put you in touch. We benefit from this as well as you as it helps us to be seen to be encouraging responsible tourism. Sometimes we may negotiate a small fee with the guide, or a discount on a future research trip. Everything goes to support our work.
We can however accept no liability for any of the actions of any of the guides or companies listed below. Their inclusion does not constitute a recommendation. Please send me an email if you would like us to put you in touch.