It is important to us that when we travel to different parts of our amazing planet that our exchange is always a mutual one. It is our responsibility to take time to think about how our actions can benefit or how they impact the people, communities, economies, environments and ecosystems we visit. We always consider how we can make a difference (or sometimes more appropriately – NOT make a difference)
Escape Adventures’ goal is to be fully honest with ourselves and with you about any possible negative impacts of travel or our cycle tours. Our mission is to fill our tours with as many positive outcomes as possible, to put it simply we choose to be good humans with wholesome values. We have small business values and you can trust us to be open and honest with you and to carefully consider the way we operate every part of our business. If you have suggestions about how we can do better please let us know!
Our Escape Adventures crew and bikers come from a huge variety of backgrounds. We celebrate this diversity and welcome all cyclists regardless of their education, culture, ethnicity, sex, gender identity and expression, the nation of origin, age, languages spoken, colouring, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs. We believe that the more diverse our groups are the more interesting and fun your tour will be!
We believe our social responsibility is supporting locals and respecting local cultures, customs and beliefs. The following goals help us to support local economy at the grassroots level as well as offer our bikers full immersion, genuine experiences
The environment is our home, caring for billions of animal and plant species, its the home of our future generations – it is a delicate and highly threatened foundation. Today it is essential that we change our habits at home and in the way that we live and travel and adopt a more caring attitude towards the environment.
There is no denying that the tourism industry is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. A 2018 study found that tourism accounts for around 8% of the world’s carbon emissions, and nearly half of that comes from transport (flying, driving, buses, taxis, ferries etc).
The flip side of this is that travel and tourism account for one in four of all new jobs created around the world and over 10% of all jobs worldwide. Reference: WTTC. So the big question is: How can we reduce the negative environmental impact of our travel and do something to help mitigate or even better, turn those negatives into positives?
There are many carbon calculators available online which will all give you a different answer as to how many trees you could plant to mitigate the carbon emissions of your travel. This is not an exact science and we will never say that we are carbon neutral or that we are off-setting or mitigating our (or your) carbon footprint.
What we will say is that we have looked at many carbon calculators to get an approximation of how many trees they would plan to offset a long-haul flight. Using this as a baseline we have multiplied this by a factor of 5 to give us a guideline of how many *FOREVER TREES we can plant to make a positive difference and to make sure that enough of the trees we plant will not only make it to maturity but also keep on contributing for generations to come.