Explore has been offering off-the-beaten-track, responsible, small group adventure holidays for over 30 years. Since launching in 1981 with just six tours in a four-page brochure, the company now offer over 550 trips in more than 140 countries, including adult discovery tours, family adventures, short breaks, cycling and trekking trips.
Responsible tourism is – and always has been – one of the driving principles of Explore. We care deeply about travelling in a way that positively impacts the people and places we visit. To us responsible travel means that:
- We ensure people who work for Explore are treated fairly and paid a fair wage
- We learn about and respect the customs and culture of the country we are visiting so that we do not offend local people
- We ensure that local people benefit economically by employing them as leaders, guides and drivers – and by eating in local restaurants and using locally owned hotels where possible
- We minimise our impact on the environment by travelling in small groups, offsetting our carbon emissions, reducing waste and supporting conservation projects
We’ve worked hard at these things to ensure we are welcomed in the places we all love to visit, meaning local people benefit and our groups enjoy a better trip.
Explore is always pushing the boundaries with the trips that it offers and the places that it visits and recent additions include Burma, Papua New Guinea and Belarus. Explore has two sister brands: Explore Tailormade, which specialises in making authentic tailor-made travel accessible to a wide audience by catering for all budgets, and Edge Adventures which offers good value small group trips for the 18 to 30 somethings travel market.
2016 Tourism Concern Members Discount:
Explore hosts the Tourism Concern ethical trek. In 2015, 10 Tourism Concern supporters hiked Mt Toubkal in Morocco. Explore gives you the opportunity to climb to the summit of North Africa’s highest peak – Jebel Toubkal (4167 metres). This 5 day group trek allows you to travel from the ancient walled city of Marrakech to the High Atlas Mountains, enjoying traditional Berber hospitality as you make the ascent.
Keep an eye out for the details of the 2016 ethical trek!