Our Responsible Travel Policy

We are proud members of Responsible Travel, one of the world’s largest green travel companies. Here is our responsible travel policy:

Our mission is to help those interested in photography to manage to portray Romania’s soul through its people, landscapes and culture. Besides typical activities that are part of a photo tour, like sunrise and sunset shoots in some of the most beautiful locations in the country, we include wonderful cultural experiences that put you in contact with locals.

Economic responsibility

Through our activity we want to support the local economy and ensure that travel brings them a real benefit. As a result:

  • All our employees are Romanian and have graduated from a local university
  • All the guides we collaborate with are Romanian and they are licenced by the Tourism Ministry; the pay is done legally.
  • We include locally-owned accommodation, either guesthouses owned by small families or hotels that are the result of an investment made to create jobs in the communities where they are built
  • We work with local providers only for our transportation services. Our main suppliers are 100% Romanian owned transportation and car rental companies
  • Each year we donate money to a local cause. For example, last year we decided to support Magic Home, the building of a pediatric oncological hospital

Environmental responsibility

Our aim is to have a very low environmental impact:

  • We encourage slow paced traveling, where tourists usually stay in the same location 2 or 3 days. They also travel in small groups as to lessen their impact on the places they are visiting.
  • Most of the time we rent cars with up to 1,5L gasoline engines in order to have low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. When possible, we also use other means of transportation such as horse carts or bikes. We also encourage tourists to walk
  • When visiting natural parks or protected areas we follow the strictest rules
  • When staying in rural areas tourists get to eat locally grown and sourced, often organic food
  • Most of our documents are kept in a digital form only so there is hardly any paper being used
  • At the beginning of each group tour we provide the participants with one water bottle, after which we constantly refill it, thus minimizing the use of plastic bottles
  • We provide tourists with relevant suggestions to minimise damage to the environment. For example, when staying at a hotel we encourage them to use their towels for more than one day, thus reducing the use of water needed to wash them
  • We provide suggestions for destination visits to appropriate local projects with direct or indirect environmental benefits. We include visits to a bear sanctuary, the home of previously captive bears have now been rescued and live in good conditions
  • We make tourists aware of the benefits and positive impact of traditional farming (which uses manure) versus modern agriculture (which uses artifical fertilizers)
  • We support visits to local farms and guesthouses that produce their own foods and arrange meals at restaurants that use local organic ingredients

Social responsibility

Social responsibility is part of our mission statement. As a result:

  • We show tourists Romanian traditions and customs that are still well-preserved. We have tours focused around local holidays, such as Christmas or Easter and we allow tourist to get involved into the preparations. We include, when possible, visits to traditional festivals and cultural events
  • We bring travellers to off-the-hidden-path, less visited places that are interesting, thus supporting the development of those areas
  • During our photo tours we do not intrude into people’s lives, we are simple observers and we are respectful of all nature, people and places we encounter along the way. By travelling in small groups we easily blend in local communities
  • We help conserve the Romanian heritage through different means: we choose hotels that are housed in traditional or historic buildings or we offer meals made from bio products obtained locally
  • We bring tourists in contact with local craftsmen or simple people that are still practicing traditional occupations, such as shepherding. During their visits they learn by getting involved, for example when taking part in an egg-painting workshop in Bucuvoina or a pottery workshop in Maramures. At the end of their visit travellers can usually purchase crafted objects as souvenirs
  • We ensure that a local guide accompanies all group visits to local communities

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