Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company.
As much as possible, we try to use accommodations that are locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. This ensures that our money remains in the community by providing income for people in the area. When meals are not provided, our local guides strongly recommend and encourage clients to visit local cafés and restaurants to try local delicacies. On our way to the town of Gjirokastër, we stop by a traditional village to have a home-cooked lunch and foster friendship over a meal. Clients will also have a chance to witness the running of a working farm in Leskovik, to learn about how livestock are raised and sample some authentic organic produce.
Our local operator is always trying to operate with the locals and wider communities in mind. They have fundraised within their organisation and partners to help children with learning disabilities, providing school materials for a day care in the outskirts of the Tirana. They were also involved in the Albanian Paralympic activities where they provided vehicles for the event and helped people globally with different disabilities to participate in the activities.