Our Values - Responsible Tourism in the Adventure Industry
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins
Infinite Adventures believes that traveling broadens your mind. Group travel allows you not only to encounter the culture of the places you are visiting it also allows you to interact with people from different countries learning about their living experiences. Being out in the nature and sleeping under the stars brings you freedom and may give you different perspectives and views on you life back home.
Traveling and being responsible also means to leave a minimum impact on the places we visit. This includes the environment as well as local culture. Responsible Tourism has become a quite popular term in the recent years and is easy said. With our experiences round the world we know what we are talking about. We do our best by treating people we meet with the utmost respect, recycle to local possibilities and leave our campsites exactly as we found them.
Being a small family run business, we pride ourselves on developing relationships with the locals, most notably the local suppliers. When we provide accommodations, or even when we go ice climbing, we do everything we can to work with small local businesses. Going shopping, we look for local farmers’ markets to purchase local produce.
When we travel throughout North America, there are many different cultures we associate with helping to preserve and develop a better understanding of their heritages. The Native Americans of Monument Valley and Gitxsan Territory are just two of the cultural project we support. The visit to Monument Valley includes a local jeep tour that takes us through the spiritual valley and into the home of a local rug maker. Here we enter a Hogan, Native American dwelling, and discuss the hardships of living within the desert. All the while the elderly woman works on her loom to make rugs to support her family. The ‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum is an excellent way to support a village that has been around for centuries. Our visit helps perpetuate the authentic lifestyles of the people who have always lived there. This experience allows our passengers to understand how these native peoples have evolved over the centuries before and after European contact.
Our Overland Vehicle is running carbon neutral. As much as we believe that the only right way is to save ressources and find ways to reduce CO2 emmissions we also think running our vehicle carbon neutral is at least a start: It is a necessary second-best solution for us as a small company. We decided to go with atmosfair, which is a climate protection organisation with a focus on travel. They actively protect the climate by compensating greenhouse gases through the use of renewable energies, among other activities. This means Infinite Adventures is calculating the fuel consumption for a whole year. 3 liters of fuel equals 3 kg of CO2. For the amount of CO2 emissions we will pay atmosfair to compensate and reinvest in green energy projects. We also do encourage our passengers to carbon offset their flights when joining us on a trip in Alaska or Canada. In Germany we work together with a network called Forum Anders Reisen who offer our clients to carbon offset their flights. You also can go direclty to atmosfair.com and make sure your flight is carbon neutral! When booking directly with Infinite Adventures we will donate $20 per booking to a project with atmosfair. If you are interested in compensating your flight, click here.
The successful implementation of the Risk Management Plan requires a continuous and systematic approach at all levels of the business. In order to manage risks in accordance with ‘best practices’, Infinite Adventures will remain vigilant in acknowledging national and global risk management standards as well as remaining committed to its established ethical and moral values. Infinite Adventures is supported by Resilient Solutions, LLC.