Local travel is what we do. It's the backbone of our operations, and a fundamental aspect of our day-to-day business. As a strong believer in and practicer of responsible travel, Urban Adventures is committed to its core tenets, which include local travel.
Visiting local markets and communities in Cusco's Sacred Valley
As a proud member of the Local Travel Movement, Urban Adventures strives to create unique, local experiences in all of the tours we do. This is why all of our destinations are run by local experts, not by a corporate team located halfway across the world with no sense of the local vibe. All of our tours are carefully crafted to ensure quality, authentic local interactions with businesses and business-owners, food and drink, transportation, and uniquely local aspects of day-to-day life.
We share the same local travel values promoted by the Local Travel Movement, and we encourage our passengers to do the same.
- People: Be mindful of the local citizens, and seek understanding through shared experiences. Consider their customs and values while in their homeland, and when in doubt, ask your guide for advice.
- Environment: Be mindful of the local environment, and act with conservation and sustainability in mind. Follow local guidelines, as recommended by your guide, and make proactive decisions on your own.
- Culture: When travelling to other cultures, remember that not everyone's customs are the same as yours at home. Be respectful, and be mindful of openly questioning a customary practice, even if you disagree with it. Try to understand from their perspective. You may learn something! Your guide will be an excellent point of reference here, so check with them if you're unsure.
- Economy: A critical consideration to remember is to make every effort to use local businesses and put your tourism dollars in the right (local) pocket. Urban Adventures uses local vendors and businesses, and your guides will be able to advise you on the best ways to support the locals.
Experiencing really local transportation in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience the destination as locals do, to gain insight into their lives, and engage and interact with them in a way that really illustrates what that destination is all about. Whether you're chatting with Bostonians about the best slice of North End pizza (and learning that there is no right answer), or enjoying a meal with a local family in their Istanbul home, local travel experiences stay with you forever. Local travel has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined.
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Wherever we go in the world, we take a responsible attitude with us. That means travelling in a way which both respects and benefits local people, their culture, their economy, and their environment. Please read on for more information on our Responsible Travel policy and how you can be a responsible traveller for your entire journey.