Responsible Travel Policy
Intrepid Exposures was founded on the idea of enabling hobbyist photographers to go beyond the beaten tourist trail and explore countries and cultures much deeper than before. As a member of Responsible Travel, one of the core pillars of our concept is to ensure that all of our tours are sustainable for both the countries, environment and communities we visit. We are therefore committed to operating in accordance with the following responsible travel policy:
Caring for the environment
Intrepid Exposures aims to limit the impact on the environment in the areas in which we visit through a number of different ways. All of our participants will be given our code of conduct for travellers before departure. This code of conduct sets out simple ways in which each traveller can minimise the effects of their presence on the area. Throughout both our tours and in our office, we are committed to recycling and reusing materials where possible to ensure minimal wastage and pollution.
Supporting the local economy
One of the most direct impacts we can have during our tours is contributing to the local economy. In many of the regions we visit, tourism is still a small part of the local economy and so we intend to make sure that as much of our financial impact goes directly into the communities we will be visiting.
This is done through the use of local accommodation, employing our highly skilled local guides, working with talented local operators and suppliers. Finally, all of our food and drink (where possible) will be sourced from local stores, eateries and bars. This is designed to ensure that the local communities reap the greatest benefit from our time there and also giving our travellers the best insight into the community too.
Working with local operators and suppliers
Our success as a business lies in our support of local communities. Our commitment to working with local businesses means that both the operators continue to prosper and the local people, leading to benefits through the whole chain of parties involved with each tour. We insist that any operator we work with pay their local guides and staff above the average salary for the region to ensure that all members of staff on our tours are being fairly compensated for their work
Promotion of animal welfare
You also won’t find any of our trips supporting the exploitation of animals. We believe that experiencing a culture doesn’t have to be at the detriment to animals and for this reason you’ll never find us visiting attractions such as Tiger temples or Elephant trekking.
Before every tour, each traveller will be provided with up to date pre-travel documentation to educate them in the local culture and any important notes regarding the current socio-political situation. As outlined in our environmental responsibility, the pre-tour information will include details on minimising impact to local communities and the environment. Finally, we will provide all our travellers information regarding post-tour travel including recommended projects that cater to the needs of the local communities.
During our tours, our accommodation will be comfortable local run guesthouses and homestays. Where possible we will also try to incorporate accommodation that uses renewable energy or has active eco policies.
In many of the regions we visit, water and electricity may be limited, tourism in these areas can be particularly impactful. In order to reduce our impact, we will be informing our participants on the local issues and discussing any that may apply to the particular tour. Whilst on an Intrepid Exposures tour, participants may be asked to reconsider their use of AC, lights, fans and TVs, especially whilst out of the room. Tips to reduce water usage such as showering over bathing, minimising tap water usage and excessive cloth washing will also be offered to all participants. We will also advise participants to aim for recycling of plastic bottles through refills where possible.
In Our Office
Intrepid Exposures recognises the importance of sustainability for our administration staff within our office. Despite having a small office and staff, Intrepid Exposures believes that our small impact through recycling paper, cardboard, plastics and metal cans, and minimising electricity usage is an important responsibility. As a company we are now 100% digital for all of our administrative and booking documents. Our office doesn’t own a printer in order to strictly adhere to this.