'Travelling with a clear conscience' (or at least as clear as possible)
We are acutely aware of the power tourism has to affect archaeological sites, local communities and the environment. At Andante we work hard to ensure our actions benefit, rather than harm, the ancient sites and beautiful places we visit.
Protecting the past
As archaeologists we bring hard currency into remote areas with important sites. Sometimes, people with very little need to see the legitimate ways their heritage can generate money. Our repeated visits mean sites begin to be treated as valuable resources, and are protected rather than plundered.
Off-setting the carbon produced by your flight
This year Andante will be paying to "off-set" all our customers' and staff flights. We contribute on their and your behalf to Beyond Carbon (formerly the TICOS Scheme (Tourism Industry Carbon Offset Scheme)). We support an alternative energy project in Albania with money we contribute through every booking, and have visited it during one of our Albania trips. It is easy to be cynical about such things, but please consider adding a little more to your balance payment to increase our contribution and help provide solar energy to Northern Albania.
Working with local people
As a company we try to use small, local and authentic travel partners, avoiding international chains and trying to find locally owned places to stay and local food to eat. Partly this is a matter of principle: partly we just think it makes a more enjoyable holiday!
Recycling and Reuse
From the paper and supplies we use in our office to planning our picnic kits, we re-use and recycle whenever we can. We use fair-trade products for our tea rounds and buy environmentally friendly products for the loo. On our tours we try to ensure that waste is disposed of in the most effective way possible. Last year we began collecting water for our guests in large, collapsible vessels from local springs so that they can fill up their water bottles from these. If we manage to do this for all of tours, we calculate we will save over 19,000 plastic bottles a year – certainly a goal worth aiming for.