Sustainable and Responsible Travel, not just fashion words!
How you see the world matters. We care deeply about the places we travel to, and we work hard to ensure your visit has a positive effect. We seek out experiences and places to stay that mirror our values and passion, and invariably we find that these almost always leave a more meaningful impact on our travelers.
Responsible travel is part of we are at Travels with Audrey. Since the beginning, we’ve strived to work with local people and businesses in our destinations. Not only do we feel this gives you the best experience, it also brings benefits to local communities. As a result, local people are motivated to preserve what attracts visitors, be it their culture, wildlife or environment. Conversely, we actively avoid ‘tourist traps’.
There’s plenty you can do on your trip to travel the right way, from recycling to being aware of cultural sensitivities, as well as acting as our ‘eyes and ears’ for the great, and not so great. Natural and cultural heritage sites, including scenic landscapes and revitalized historic towns, are prized tourism assets that distinguish one destination from another.
WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL?
Responsible travel is simply this: Being socially and culturally aware when you travel, understanding your affect on the places you visit and trying to make that affect a positive one.
At Travels with Audrey, LLC, we are committed to the guidelines put forth by UNESCO on sustainable tourism. We work with local affiliates and partners to protect local economies from the negative impacts of the travel industry and safeguarding traditions and culture.
"I have lived and studied in several European countries, have family and friends living in Europe, so my respect for the regions I specialize in is genuine and profound. Furthermore, my lifetime of experience in the travel industry has led me to ensure responsible travel in the following ways":
EMBRACING BOUTIQUE TRAVEL
All tourism has the potential to offer both positive and negative impacts on local regions. Specializing in what I call “boutique travel” (customized private guided tours) is part of my unshakable commitment to sustainable tourism and is entrenched in my travel philosophy.
When creating customized itineraries, it is my mission to offer a balance between visiting well-known sites and attractions off the beaten path, lesser-known villages and regions that may not otherwise reap the benefits from tourism and are real gems, all of which supports local economies.
Our guides are licensed locals able to offer insights into the local history, culture and customs, and our itineraries are designed to support local businesses and artisans. For instance, the food for your meals is purchased by local chefs from local markets, and you can browse unique, family-owned shops. We love to take you to out-of-the-way restaurants where you dine on authentic regional cuisine, most often only known to locals, take you on farm visits, family run wineries and distilleries.
Our guides and tour managers do not partake in commission stops; all recommendations are genuine so we may assist our guests in supporting regional communities. Even in popular locations, I offer guests the chance to enjoy authentic local life experiences. I have seen firsthand how this approach to travel ensures a more harmonious relationship with communities and supports local economies but most of all how it enriches the lives of our travelers.
When selecting everything from accommodations to the places we enjoy culinary delights, Travels with Audrey is committed to making a difference. I hope that each of our guests will help support these efforts to think local and be sustainable.
We believe it's our responsibility to help you travel the right way. We do this through collaboration with the people we work closely with in each country we specialize in.
RESOURCES FOR THE RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER
We aim to educate our guests on the best responsible travel practices for the destinations we visit. When you reserve a trip with Travels with Audrey, we include suggestions for ways to travel responsibly and have a positive impact while on your journey.
Audrey De Monte
Owner, local host and cultural ambassador at Travels with Audrey LLC
Proud Member of the National Tour Association
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