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Responsible Travel

The World Outdoors environmental ethic is built upon five pillars:

Leave No Trace

The World Outdoors was a very early adopter of Leave No Trace and we educate and encourage our guests to better care for the world's lands and waters. Leave No Trace principles were developed in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Seven Principles are:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare. Know the terrain and any regulations applicable to the area you're planning to visit, and be prepared for extreme weather or other emergencies. This will enhance your enjoyment and ensure that you've chosen an appropriate destination. Small groups have less impact on resources and the experience of other backcountry visitors.
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces. Travel and camp on established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow. Good campsites are found, not made. Camp at least 200 feet from lakes and streams, and focus activities on areas where vegetation is absent. In pristine areas, disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly. Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your camp for trash or food scraps. Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug six to eight inches, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
  4. Leave What You Find. Cultural or historic artifacts, as well as natural objects such as plants or rocks, should be left as found.
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts. Cook on a stove. Use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. If a campfire is built, keep it small and use dead sticks found on the ground.
  6. Respect Wildlife. Observe wildlife from a distance. Feeding wildlife alters their natural behavior. Protect wildlife from your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors. Be courteous, respect the quality of other visitors backcountry experience, and let nature's sounds prevail.
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Responsible Travel

Definitions abound for ecotourism, responsible travel, sustainable tourism and conscientious travel and they all get a little jumbled up. We like and have adopted the 2002 Capetown Declaration for our commitment to responsible travel which:

  • minimizes negative economic, environmental, and social impacts;
  • generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities, improves working conditions and access to the industry;
  • involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances;
  • makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, to the maintenance of the world's diversity;
  • provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues;
  • provides access for physically challenged people; and
  • is culturally sensitive, engenders respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.

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Commitment to Recycling

Since The World Outdoors was founded in 1988, we have worked to support environmental causes close to both our homes and our hearts. Many years ago we started a comprehensive environmental review to examine our operations and committed to constantly seek ways to reduce our environmental impact. In our office, we recycle all paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass and part of our energy needs are wind-sourced. In short, we're striving to be a model environmental corporate citizen, both here and in the field.

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Use of Sustainable Products

We have eliminated plastic water bottles on all of our domestic trips and are working to do so with our international outfitters wherever possible. We use only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper for all of our printed marketing materials. We continue to replace printed materials with electronic versions at every opportunity.

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Community Partnerships

Whether it be in Tanzania, Nepal or Peru, we strive to be excellent partners with the communities that we visit on our tours. Our goal is to enhance the well-being of the host communities while helping to conserve their natural and cultural heritage.

For example, on our best-selling international tour, the Peru Machu Picchu Multi-Sport, we partner with the community of Cachiccata. We visit the local school to which some of our guests have subsequently donated supplies and used computers. This poor community in the Sacred Valley was deforested years ago to supply fuel for the heating of homes. The World Outdoors is now engaged with our Peruvian partner, Apumayo Expediciones and members of the community to restore the habitat and we plant a native tree (Quiswar and Chachacomo) on behalf of each guest that takes this tour.

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