The Natural Adventure Company is dedicated to offering unforgettable self-guided walking and cycling holidays that place our customers in the very heart of a diverse selection of outstanding natural environments and provides the opportunity to soak up the culture and history of the regions they visit.

As lovers of the natural world ourselves, our aim is to operate in the most ecologically responsible manner possible. And we think this should be the essence of the ‘self-guided’ concept. We are not a “mass market” operator. We choose to offer and present our holidays in a way that offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy nature while leaving the smallest discernable footprint on the environment. Our holidays are designed to contribute to the local and rural communities and economies that we visit. As most of our holidays are walking or cycling-based, we aim to keep our operations as environmentally friendly as possible.

Declaration

The Natural Adventure Company aims to have a positive impact on the environment by being a leading voice, an educator and influencer of the industry on relevant sustainability issues. That is why we are joining www.tourismdeclares.com which – launched in January 2020 – is a network of organisations, companies and individuals working in tourism who have come together to join other industries and regions in declaring a climate emergency.

Tourism declares climate emergency

By declaring an emergency, travel companies are publicly committing to the following five actions:

1. Developing a ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ detailing their planned response.

2. Transparently sharing progress publicly every year.

3. Ensuring their plan focusses on cutting carbon emissions, in line with current advice from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stating that, by 2030, we need to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below their 2017 levels to keep the planet within 1.5 degrees of warming.

4. Working together with competitors, suppliers and partners to share best practice and grow the community.

5. Advocating for system change across the industry and calling for urgent regulatory action to accelerate the transition towards zero-carbon air travel.

Our Responsible Travel Policy

Economic Responsibility

All our accommodation in each destination is hand-picked and regularly tested by members of the Natural Adventure team so you can rest assured you will return to comfortable accommodation at the end of your days walking.

In remote locations where we believe the hiking includes spectacular views and nature, we stay in locally owned hotels or local guest-houses. These are always clean and comfortable and serve local fresh locally sourced food. In specific locations where we believe there is a genuine opportunity to experience a unique local flavour, we also stay in local guesthouses where our clients are greeted with traditional hospitality, clean and comfortable rooms and locally sourced fresh food.

We typically use local public transport, buses and trains to transfer our clients at the beginning and the end of the itinerary. We encourage our clients to use public transport (and trains instead of planes) where possible and offer private car transfers which are neither economical nor environmentally friendly only where there are no alternatives, or as additionally charged options. Baggage transfers between hotels are made by local drivers and not by taxi companies wherever possible. By using local transport services we support the local economy in the regions where we operate.

In Bulgaria where our operational office for the Balkan region is located, we are supporting the local NGO Rekichka, which has been implementing a number of projects related to the development of sustainable tourism and biodiversity protection in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union.

Environmental Responsibility

Our aim is to operate in the most ecologically responsible manner possible. And we think this should be the essence of the ‘self-guided’ concept.  We choose to offer and present our holidays in a way that offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer while leaving the smallest discernable footprint on the environment. To minimize environmental footprint we limit the size of our parties. We encourage our clients to use our information packs and maps in electronic format, including using our smartphone GPS app.

In 2011 another of our founders, Alexander Pazderski, made a widely publicised record-breaking kayaking trip on the Danube, paddling in winter conditions from Vidin to Silistra (almost the entire Bulgarian section of Danube, more than 400 km) in only 4 days. This trip typically takes 12 days if you are an experienced kayaker. The challenge was aimed to raise awareness of four endangered bird species in Bulgaria living along the Danube: the Phalacrocorax pygmaeus, Aythya nyroca, Haliaeetus albicilla and the Pelecanus crispus.

Social Responsibility

Our hiking holidays are designed to contribute to the local and rural communities and economies that we visit. We encourage our clients to soak in and respect the local cultures, taste local food and wines, participate in local community projects. We work closely with our local partners and accommodation providers so we can provide unforgettable experiences to our clients whilst contributing to sustaining and promoting local culture and traditions.

Article credit to: https://www.thenaturaladventure.com/tourism-declares-climate-emergency/

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