Every tour has a story to tell. Not just the story of the city, but the story of the people who call it home. That’s why, on our tours, you won’t just see the sites from behind a bus window. We’re about stepping into the community, and understanding how we, as guests, can better connect with a place and its people. We’re about tasting, touching, and smelling the city, about hearing the tales straight from the people who live there. And about seeing the world in a whole new way.
Our responsible tourism mandate is also what guides our newest line-up of tours: the In Focus series. These tours are run in conjunction with local NGOs, non-profits and accelerators around the globe. We've worked with these groups on the ground to develop experiences that show travellers what their projects are about and how they're giving back to the community.
Travelling with us means you help local economies blossom. How? On our tours you’ll go to local restaurants, visit local shops, and explore the city with local guides. Simply by doing this, you’re helping to bring more employment and business opportunities to locals in every community we visit.
Local sourcing is a principle across all our tours. We use locally owned infrastructure and work with locally owned businesses to make sure the money you spend on travel is injected back into the local economy, and that profits from tourism go into local hands.
For example, our food tours are designed to promote local dishes and local ingredients, with market-to-table experiences, cooking workshops and discussions about food and culture. We will also take you to local markets, and to meet farmers and shop owners.
We select our local partners carefully and all our tours need to meet sustainability criteria.
Making sure you have the Best.Day.Ever. is our highest priority. However, we would never compromise the needs of local communities to meet the needs of international visitors. We always respect local customs and cultures.
We limit our impact on the daily lifestyles of local people. We don't want to be disruptive, and are about fitting in rather than pushing people out.
We have a strict policy against visiting schools, orphanages and other organisations that care for children. (Check out our Child Welfare Policy for more information.)
We actively ban guide and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on Intrepid Urban Adventure trips, and we avoid patronage of bars and other establishments where prostitution is promoted.
We actively support and encourage fair employment practices. This means fair hours of work, favourable safe work conditions and equal pay for equal work for our staff and guides.
As visitors to a country, we want to be travelling in a way that demonstrates our gratitude, respect, and interest to learn about and practise local customs and cultural practices. That’s why you’ll be informed about and asked to comply with appropriate dress and behaviours in public — particularly in religious and culturally sensitive sites.
We not only aim to show you local culture but to let you experience it first-hand. All our tours provide opportunities for you to interact with local people. Expect that you’ll be learning and practising some of the local language and maybe even entering a local home.
We are proud to take the less-travelled routes. When we visit major tourist sites, we offer a twist, so that you can have a more authentic experience of these sites, and locals in less-travelled communities can benefit from the tourism economy.
“Locals know” is our brand promise. We don’t just show you the cultural and natural heritage in our destinations, but also help you to get to know the destination from a local perspective.
All our tours are designed to minimise negative impacts on the natural environment. That’s why our group tours are run with a maximum of 16 participants and most of them are walking tours. If transport is needed, we primarily use public transit and high-efficiency vehicles for areas where no public transport is available.
We don't accept 'culture' or 'tradition' as an excuse for cruelty and we actively discourage participation in activities that exploit animals. We do not offer tours that include interactions with animals, and we follow strict guidelines for wildlife-watching. (Check out our Animal Welfare Policy for more information.)
If we enter nature-protected areas, we follow their regulations. We carry out all non-biodegradable waste, so as to not leave any trace. If we see trash on the way, we might ask you to help us collect it and take away. We work with knowledgeable guides who will explain everything you want to know about the surrounding natural environment, and will provide advice on how to minimise your footprint on the places we visit.
On our tours, you won’t be able to purchase any products made from endangered flora and fauna, and you’ll be discouraged to do so by your guide if they’re offered for sale in the markets.
We limit usage of single-use plastic and will inform you about recycling policies and encourage you to use reusable water bottles and to say no to straws.
If you’re into green and sustainable cities initiatives, ask your guide and they’ll tell share some of the exciting local projects around this topic.
Responsible tourism principles lie at the core of everything we do, from the way we employ people to how we run our tours. But we also go a step further and support local organisations and projects.
The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit entity of Intrepid Group and supports a range of projects in areas such as human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection and education. Since 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $AU 10 million to over 130 organisations around the world. Not only can you support one of the local projects but you can also create your own fundraising campaign to support initiatives of your choice. Visit The Intrepid Foundation’s website to learn more and donate.
Intrepid has a staff volunteering program, and every employee has 20 hours to help an organisation of their choice. If you’d like one of Intrepid Urban Adventures’ team members to help solve your challenges, send an email explaining your problem and why we should help your organisation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our ongoing programs, we also get involved ad hoc with projects and events that we believe in. We support projects that promote responsible tourism, sustainable development, green cities, and sustainable living. We’re particularly interested in supporting young professionals and social entrepreneurs. We are open to donating our knowledge, skills, and time to support help your project thrive. If you’d like Urban Adventures to support your initiative or event, get in touch with email@example.com.
Examples of projects we’ve supported in the past include Europe on Track and The ASEF Summer University, just to name a few.
We are the world’s largest travel B Corp™. We’ve always been about balancing profit and purpose, and in 2018 we joined the B Corp™ community to certify our commitment to using business as a force for good.
It's an independent global stamp of approval of the work we already do – like evolving to be more inviting, inclusive, engaging and you-friendly with our new Ethical Marketing Guidelines. It's all backed up by our vision of changing the way we all see the world.