Traveller Code of Conduct
“Taking Only Photos”
Intrepid Exposures was founded to offer unique photography tours and workshops in locations away from the beaten tourist path. One of the founding principles of the company was to ensure that our tours are both sustainable for the local communities in which we visit, and are as environmentally responsible as possible.
Information for travellers
In order to ensure our tours are as sustainable as possible, we have created a traveller code of conduct to cover what we expect of each traveller during our tours and workshops. This guidance is designed to ensure you have the best possible experience whilst ensuring the areas we visit will not be harmed.
The information within this document is generic to all of our tours, before each tour we will also provide any up to date information that may be needed regarding the current sociopolitical environment in the locations we visit.
Conduct and behaviour
- We expect all of our travellers to be both polite and respectful to locals, fellow travellers, tour leaders and anyone else we may encounter.
- We expect all travellers to be respectful of local customs. Our tour leaders will discuss important cultural information and guidance on what to do/not to do. We expect all travellers to listen to this information and act accordingly.
- Understand your own cultural values and how they affect your judgment of others. In many of the destinations in which we travel, there are many different concepts of time, personal space, communication etc. Be understanding that these are not necessarily wrong, just different. If you are unsure or unhappy regarding an experience, please seek the advice of one of the leaders.
- Please don’t hand out sweets, loose change or small gifts, without seeking advice from our guides or leaders. In many places, this only serves to create begging mentality where none existed before.
- Although we understand at times there may be differences of opinion, we expect all travellers to be understanding of others points of view.
- Be flexible. All of our tours are designed to allow you the best, authentic experiences rather than set up experiences. Often this can be variable and we need to be flexible with our timings and itinerary.
- Take the opportunity to be an ambassador for your country. For many of the people we meet, this may be their first experience of a traveller from your country. Stereotypes formed from the news and media are commonplace around the world. Make it your aim to be a good example for those following after you.
- Whilst many religious sites are often used as tourist attractions; please be aware that their primary purpose is religious; we expect you to be respectful at all times. Religion specific guidelines will be given by our leaders before any visits
We take a zero tolerance approach to the following acts. Failure to adhere to these will result in immediate expulsion from the tour and rejection for future tours. Where the acts are also criminal in nature, we will inform the relevant authorities.
- Sexual tourism of all kinds, including that that involves children or adolescents
- The purchase and/or removal of archaeological artifacts
- The purchase and/or trafficking of items made of or containing exotic or endangered animal products.
During our tours we may visit areas that suffer from intermittent power and water shortages. We believe that as visitors, we should be mindful of the impact we have on the areas we visit. In order to limit the water usage, power usage and waste during our tours we suggest the following:
- Turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth/washing face/shaving
- Avoid cleaning clothes in the shower
- Turn off all plugs whilst out of the room
- Avoid leaving lights on during the day/when falling asleep
- Minimise use of Air Conditioning where available.
- Recycle water bottles to avoid excessive plastic waste
- Refuse plastic bags in stores where possible
- Dispose of any other waste in an appropriate matter
- Avoid littering even in regions where rubbish is regularly discarded on the streets by locals
- Try to buy goods packaged in biodegradable packaging such as paper bags as opposed to plastic wrapped.