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InsiderPerks.com offers free travel & tourism videos

June 23, 2009

Launched in March 2009, InsiderPerks.com is the first website to focus on professionally produced travel and tourism videos. The site offers over 400 videos showcasing the attractions and amenities of over 200 cities from around the world. InsiderPerks.com is an impartial service that chooses what attractions to film based on popularity and uniqueness. It also offers the possibility to book the travel related services through partnerships with the online travel agencies Expedia, or directly on the attraction’s websites.

InsiderPerks.com, the new travel site where travelers get to check out their destinations on video before they book them, announced today the next major step in its expansion. The site plans on adding local travel videos focusing on tourism attractions in each of its featured cities from around the world. The site will also cover additional destinations as it expands its video coverage on a state by state basis, beginning in the United States and then moving on to Europe.

Information at your fingertips
The site, which is free, features videos profiling over 200 destinations around the world. The site was developed for travelers to use unbiased, transparent videos and help them search for key attractions and things to see and do. The site also makes sure to include videos produced by local visitors bureaus, if available, to ensure visitors are always aware of everything each city has to offer. Each city can be viewed in approximately 1 minute, with easy access to a specific attraction with 1 more click. Each video featuring a tourism attraction, restaurant or hotel will include all the information needed to plan a visit including hours of operation, admission pricing if applicable and an overview of the attraction. The site will produce between 10-15 videos to start for each destination, and has already begun filming in Cleveland, OH. The videos will also be available on a wide variety of platforms to ensure maximum exposure for each attraction, including YouTube, TripAdvisor and as a podcast formatted for iPhone and iPod Touch users on iTunes.

Professional videos show it all
Insider Perks pays for and produces all of its videos, filmed and edited by professionals. The videos give users a complete picture of what the attraction has to offer in an informative, unbiased manner, in order to facilitate decision-making.

Useful, unbiased, fun and all in one place
In addition to travel videos, the site also provides map information, nearby sites of interest, weather forecasts, and local news. This information, along with the videos, helps facilitate the user’s search by putting all of the right information at their finger tips, without ever having to leave the site.

InsiderPerks.com was founded by Brian Searl, who is a former broadcast editor and videographer for WOIO-TV a CBS affiliate in Cleveland, OH.

[Source: PRWeb.com]

InsiderPerks.com

InsiderPerks.com



Opportunities in travel

June 22, 2009

Many types of online businesses come and go in the blink of an eye. But the trillion-dollar travel industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds, creating a big demand for specialized services.

Here are a few of today’s hottest specialty travel opportunities:

Adventure Travel and Outdoor Excursions
Adventure means different things to different people. For some it might be sailing or snorkeling in the crystal indigo waters off the coast of Cancun, Mexico; others might get a thrill from petting a shark or climbing 4,000 feet in the cockpit of a Soviet jet trainer. It certainly means a lot of fun for a lot of people. Statistics provided by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) show that during the past five years, 98 million adults have taken an adventure trip–rock climbing, mountain hiking, whitewater rafting, spelunking, parasailing, skydiving and other activities. “Soft adventure” vacations are milder and may feature walking, bicycling, fishing, camping or horseback riding.

Many adventure and eco-tour operators have developed their niche because of a desire to share their passion and experience with others. Jennifer Sage, owner of Viva Travels, plans custom guided and self-guided bicycle tours in France and Italy.

Luxury Travel
Luxury traveling caters to a posh demographic and does not have any competition from the thousands of discount travel sites. Affluent customers are willing to spend more to get more, which means a luxury travel specialist will need to resonate with people who consider exotic travel to be a lifestyle.

Many upscale travelers are retaining agents who act as “travel concierges,” making all the arrangements from travel and lodging to dinner reservations and theater tickets, often for a flat fee of up to $1,000. Even more well-heeled clients might opt for a members-only travel concierge like a New York City firm that charges $250,000 just to join and another $10,000 in annual fees.

For Women Only
Recently, Road and Travel magazine reported that women influence 85 percent of all travel decisions and comprise 40 percent of all business travelers. “Girlfriends getaways” have become a booming trend in the travel industry, spurring new start-ups like Chick Vacations, owned by Heather Hills. When she created the site in 2007, Hills wanted to show women they don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy “raft the Amazon” or “climb the Himalayas” adventure travel.

Another female demographic to target is older women. According to the recent statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, mature women outnumber men by a ratio of 100 to 81 (55–64); 100 to 82 (65–74); 100 to 69 (75–84); and 100 to 49 (85+). The Travel Industry Association of America predicts older female travelers will be one of the driving forces behind senior traveling in the long term.

Although spas and cruises remain popular choices for women, dozens of other special interest trips are springing up: wine-tasting in Napa Valley, making handicrafts with the locals in Costa Rica or shopping in Versailles.

Mancations
“Mancation” is one of the latest buzzwords in the travel industry, a spin-off on the girlfriends’ getaway marketing phenomenon. Although the term is new, the concept isn’t–as evidenced by the dozens of guy-getaway themed movies that have been around for ages.

Last year when James Hills was helping his wife, Heather, launch Chick Vacations, he discovered the field of guys getaways was virtually nonexistent online. “A lot of buzz was starting to generate, and we knew this was going to be a good subject,” he says. “We took some of the same philosophy from Heather’s site and applied it to the Man Tripping site to show that guys’ getaways don’t need to be booze-soaked orgies. There is a lot more to being a guy than sex and drinking, so I am looking forward to exploring and promoting that angle.”

Mancations provide the opportunity for men to get together and bond with guys from work or old friends from college. Although golf outings, sports events and fishing trips are the mainstays of male bonding, some of the fellas are branching out with high-velocity adventures like skydiving and bungee jumping, while others opt to kick back with spa treatments and back waxes.

Honeymooners
Couples who are deeply immersed in wedding plans are often more than happy to turn over the reins of planning a honeymoon package to a travel professional. The couple generally knows where they want to go and may sometimes have a vague idea of what to do when they get there, but the rest may be up to you. Once you have a sense of their likes and dislikes you can then make some recommendations—whether it’s cruising in the Bahamas, kanoodling in Hawaii or camping in the Rockies. Upon their arrival, surprise them with a spa treatment basket, champagne on ice or tickets to a special attraction. Unique personal touches and attention to details will increase the odds you’ll be recommended to family and friends.

Grandtravel
“Grandtravel” is a specialized niche that is one of the fastest growing travel trends, representing more than 21 percent of all trips taken with children last year, according to the TIA. Grandparents today are not like grandparents of yesterday; greater numbers are more energetic, active, and adventurous. They don’t want to stay home and look after the grandkids. Instead, they want to pack the kids up and take them along on fun-filled vacations, while leaving the parents at home to take a breather. Because geography separates many families, special trips bring grandparents and grandchildren together to strengthen bonds and create lasting memories. As an added bonus, most of the time senior and children’s discounts can be factored into the package for added savings.

Disabled Travelers
Travelers with disabilities have more opportunities than ever to explore the world with the assistance of hi-tech support and creative planning. A study done by the Open Doors Organization, the TIA, and the Society for Accessible Travel and Hospital (SATH) indicates that disabled travelers currently spend approximately $3.3 million a year on travel. “Dialysis cruises” using portable dialysis equipment are planned for patients and their families; road trips are taken with wheelchair accessible vans and buses; and transportable nebulizers and oxygen cylinders are made available for travelers with respiratory problems.

When planning a tour for those with physical limitations, consider the accessibility of the facilities on your itinerary. Are there steps that will need to be navigated? Even one step could be a problem for someone in a wheelchair or using a walker. Does the museum have elevators large enough to accommodate wheelchairs? Are the restrooms in the basilica handicapped accessible? Are aisles and walkways at the quaint little antique village wide enough for wheelchairs and scooters? Are the sidewalks in the town rough and uneven?

As each country has its own standards, disabled clients traveling abroad may face additional challenges regarding transportation and accessibility. Advance research and planning are a necessity so your clients can have a safe and enjoyable trip.

Travelers with Pets
Traveling with pets is a very specialized niche that is growing quickly as demand increases and resources expand. According to TIA, more than 29 million Americans traveled with their favorite canines and kitties during the last three years. Pet lovers cross all economic spectrums, but luxury and business travelers are more likely to spend the extra cash and make the necessary arrangements to bring their beloved companions with them.

Loews Hotels was the first national hotel brand to welcome pets with their “Loews Loves Pets” program. Fido and FiFi even have their own room service menu with recipes prepared from scratch. Since then, many vacation resorts and hotels have added “pet-friendly” to their list of amenities because they realize animal lovers who travel with their pets usually have money to spend. Focusing on this particular trend has given them a distinctive edge over the competition that you can take advantage of.

There are many ways to segue into this niche. For example, you can be a pet travel concierge like Puppy Travel or a subscription-based site that provides up-to-date information for its members at Pets on the Go™. When planning trips for pet lovers you will want to map out dog-walking routes, pet-friendly restaurants, pet shops, groomers and find information about local veterinarians and other services for the discriminating pet owner.



Oyster offers virtual search for consumers, branding tie-ins for advertisers

June 22, 2009

Advertisers looking to connect with consumers at the moment they are ready to make a purchase might find it in a travel site debuting today. Oyster, a New York-based hotel review site, serves up details on about 500 hotels in Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Miami, New York and Las Vegas — but there are more destinations on the way. Visitors can search by hotel rating, price, location, amenities and more. The site’s search engine can find information on a variety of hotels, such as luxury, family, pet-friendly and romantic. Going to Miami? Topical searches range from nearby adventures to family services. Photos with captions paint a picture of each location, so consumers know what they agree to before plunking down the bucks for the business destination or the vacation spot of their dreams.

The unedited photographs provide details of lobbies, hallways, guestrooms and amenities, such as pools, restaurants and bars and spas. And while content provides consumers with the tool to find the perfect hotel, the possibilities for brands like Tommy Bahamas, Virgin America and Hyatt Hotels to tie in advertising are endless. That includes Crest, Colgate and Charmin because the site reviews bathrooms, too.

Visitors to Oyster won’t find advertising on the site today, but possibilities to generate revenue come from targeted paid advertising, as well as transactions, such as selling the room night to the site visitor, according to Eytan Seidman, who cofounded the site with brother Elie Seidman after leaving the Microsoft Live Search team, now Bing.com.

The product roadmap site visitors will find an engine to search and retrieve airline flight information to any hotel destination reviewed, Seidman says.

Oyster features 50,000 unedited photos and nearly a million words of copy that search engines can index and rank well over time. “That’s where our search expertise comes into play,” Seidman says. “The on-site search index is Google-fast. Queries load in less than one second.”

Seidman says the site runs on a custom index that supports information on tens of thousands of hotels, compared with most engines using off-the-shelf databases that can’t perform. He believes the site will rank well in search engines because it has great content to which other sites will link and was designed from the ground up to accommodate search engine crawlers from Bing, Google, Yahoo and others.

Oyster has nearly a dozen on-staff reporters who visit locations anonymously, take pictures and write reviews on everything from restaurants and spas, to the brand of toiletry and television in the rooms. Pearls, rather than stars — from one to five — rate the destinations. A space for comments gives hotel patrons a place to write about experiences, too. A view of the surrounding location on Google Maps offers information on nearby roadways, businesses and more.

Bain Capital Ventures and Oyster founders funded the company. 



Discover the $9 fare on Jet America

June 22, 2009

Jet America

Jet America

Start-up airlines aren’t the best bet for reliability, but at just $9 a ticket it might be worth taking a chance.

A new airline, Jet America, will begin service July 13 from Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport and Toledo Express Airport to Newark, N.J., and Melbourne, Fla.

On Aug. 14, the airline will add service between Toledo and Minneapolis. You can book online now at www.jetamerica.com.

If you are flexible on dates, you actually might find the $9 fare (with taxes, a round-trip ticket will cost $49.20). At press time, those fares were still available. So far, the new airline has only one plane that will fly all the routes.



Jet, Kingfisher hike air fares, Air India to follow soon

June 18, 2009

Air travellers in India will have to shell out more for their tickets from Wednesday with Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and their no-frill subsidiaries hiking fuel surcharge by Rs 400 each on all domestic sectors and Air India indicating it will soon follow suit. The rise in fuel surcharge came in the wake of a 33 per cent increase in the prices of air turbine fuel (ATF) over the past three months, the airlines said.

For Jet Airways, the hike would take the total fuel surcharge on a ticket below a distance of 750 kms to Rs 2,450 and beyond that to Rs 3,400. For its no-frill subsidiaries Jet Airways Konnect and JetLite, it would be Rs 2,150 and Rs 3,100 respectively.

A Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson said the hike would apply uniformly for flights across all distances and all classes of travel, including subsidiary Kingfisher Red. The increase has been made effective by all these carriers for bookings from Wednesday.

An Air India spokesperson said “We are also seriously contemplating an upward revision in fuel surcharge in view of the continuous increase in ATF prices” and a decision was expected in a couple of days. Air India currently levies fuel surcharge of Rs 1,950 and Rs 2,700 on air tickets up to and beyond 750 kms respectively.

Officials of no-frill carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir were mulling their options saying they were yet to take a decision. These carriers currently charge Rs 2,000 as surcharge.

The increase in fuel surcharge comes following an over 12 per cent rise in ATF prices by state-run oil firms on June 15 and over 33 per cent since March this year. The international crude oil prices have firmed to a seven month high of USD 72 per barrel on hopes of demand revival in the US.



Luton Airport to charge £1 to drop-off passengers

June 18, 2009

London’s Luton Airport (IATA: LTN) will begin charging drivers £1 to drop-off passengers from July 1. Drivers will pay at barriers at the exit of the zone. They will have to stay with their vehicles while inside the drop-off zone and will have to leave it within ten minutes. Luton already charges £1 for the use of luggage trolleys and the same amount for clear plastic bags in which to take liquids through security.

Travellers can also pay £3 to use a “priority lane” to get through security more quickly. The airport said that drivers who did not wish to use the drop-off zone could leave passengers at the mid-term car park from where a free shuttle bus leaves every ten minutes for the two-minute journey to get to the terminal.

Abertis, the airport operator, also runs Cardiff and Belfast airports, prompting concerns that similar fees could spread to other airports across the UK.

Birmingham airport already charges drivers £1 for 15 minutes at its drop-off area near the terminal.

London Luton Airport (previously called Luton International Airport) is an international airport located 1.5 NM (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is 30.5 NM (56.5 km; 35.1 mi) north of Central London. The airport is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway. It is the fourth largest airport serving the London area after Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, and is one of London’s five international airports along with London City Airport.

Read more here.

[Source: The Times Online]



New travel site offers a cut of the cash

June 18, 2009

Simonseeks.com

Simonseeks.com

A new travel site launches today, Simonseeks.com, which hopes to provide user-generated travel advice with a twist. The brainchild of moneysupermarket.com founder Simon Nixon, the guide will encourage users to share their tips with the community by offering them a cut of clickthrough revenue – the commissions received on flight, holiday and hotel bookings that originate from the site – and display revenue from advertising.

Simonseeks enters a crowded user-generated content (UGC) market – dominated by longstanding forerunners Tripadvisor and Virtual Tourist – with lofty ambitions, aiming to establish itself as one of the top 10 travel websites in the UK within its first year.

Nixon, who founded moneysupermarket.com 10 years ago and is reported to have made over £100m when the company was floated in 2007, hopes to create a cottage industry of travel writers. “I am confident that within a year of launch, we will see professional simonseekers who have been able to give up their day job and earn an income from their travel writing.”

In preparation for today’s launch, the site has been pre-populated with more than 1,000 reviews written by an assortment of established travel writers and celebrities, including Sir Cliff Richards’ guide to the Algarve and Barbados, and Raymond Blanc’s guide to the South of France.

[Source: The Guardian]



Save on summer travel

June 17, 2009

Summer is almost here, so before you load the kids into the car to escape town, there are few money-saving tips you might want to consider.

When traveling internationally:

  • Visit destinations where the U.S. dollar is closest in value to the local currency.
  • Look for all inclusive packages, such as resorts or cruises and pay upfront in U.S. dollars.
  • Ask your travel agent about locations that may be less costly as they are in their ‘off season’.

Save money on hotels:

  • Ask your travel agent about upgrading your hotel reservation to a room with two king size beds instead of getting two hotel rooms when traveling in groups or with kids.
  • Ask your travel agent to find hotels where kids stay for free or cheaper when traveling with kids.
  • Ask your travel agent to find a hotel room with a kitchenette so you can take care of a few meals yourself instead of eating out for every meal.
  • Your travel agent can suggest properties that might offer complimentary breakfast or heavy hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon.

When traveling by car:

  • Pack the car as light as possible – the more weight, the harder the car works and the more gas you use.
  • When renting a car for a large group of people, renting one SUV saves on gas mileage vs. renting two smaller cars.
  • Make sure tire pressure is accurate so that gas is spent efficiently.
  • Use only the grade level of gas that your car owners manual calls for, nothing more.
  • Use cruise control to run the engine efficiently and save on gas.

Save at home while you are away:

  • Turn the air conditioning off or down.
  • Put your lights on timers.
  • Unplug large appliances like TV’s and computers.
  • Turn off automatic sprinklers.

Other Tips:

  • Buy travel insurance: it may cost more upfront, but has the potential to save you thousands.
  • Fly in and out of airports that may be farther outside of the city to get cheaper flights then take public transportation into the city.
  • If a family member has a business trip, consider adding your vacation onto the end of the trip so there is one less plane ticket to pay for.
  • Consider a volunteer vacation–the volunteer portion of your travel may be a tax write-off.


Photo of the day: Fort Aguada, Goa

June 16, 2009
Fort Aguada, Goa

Fort Aguada, Goa

The beaches of Candolim and Sinquerim (below Fort Aguada) are popular with charter and upmarket tourists. The pace is a little less frenetic than at Calangute and Baga up the coast. Independent travellers are rare here, most of the hotels being favoured by package-tour operations. The beach at Fort Aguada is notable for its rocky and attractive headland, while Candolim has the rusting hulk of a grounded tanker, the River Princess – it’s not a very pretty princess. Some of the best-value beach accommodation in Goa lines
the quiet back lanes of both villages.

Guarding the mouth of the Mandovi River, Fort Aguada was constructed by the Portuguese in 1612. It’s worth visiting the moated ruins on the hilltop for the views, which are particularly good from the old lighthouse.
Nearby is the new lighthouse (adult/child Rs 5/3; 4-5.30pm). It’s a pleasant 2km ride along a hilly, sealed road to the fort, or you can walk via a steep, uphill path past Marbella Guest House. Beneath the fort, facing the Mandovi, is the Aguada Jail. Most of the inmates here (including some tourists on compulsory, extended stays) are in on drug charges. Needless to say, it’s not really much of tourist destination.

There are various boat cruises on offer. The best value are John’s Boat Tours (Tel: +91 832 2497450), further up behind Candolim Beach. The half-day dolphin trip (Rs 795, with a no-dolphin, no-pay guarantee) includes lunch and beers on the boat; the popular full-day ‘Crocodile Dundee’ river trip (Rs 995) includes lunch at a spice plantation and free drinks. It also offers an overnight backwater trip on a Kerala-style houseboat (Rs 4000 full board), and a variety of nonwatery trips. The Taj Holiday Village organizes para-gliding and rents jet-skis and windsurfing equipment.



Emergency phone numbers for vacation travel

June 15, 2009

With summer here, you are probably about to pack your bags, the car and the family for your vacation. And, one other item you need to prepare is your cell phone. You should have the numbers in your directory you may need in case of emergency. Here’s an quick reminder of those important contacts that you may be forgetting.

One of the first numbers to program in your cell phone is your credit card hotline. If you have a stolen or lost card, you need to report it immediately. Next, emergencies on the road. After calling for help, you need to contact your insurance company. Depending on the circumstances, your insurance card may not be readily available. Unless your insurance has other arrangements, select a towing company and put in that number. It can save time if you may be stranded.

Before you find yourself locked out of your car or home, do some research and put in the number of a reliable locksmith. Next up – health insurance. The number is probably on the back of your card; and can be an easy, quick way to call if the number is already programmed. Speaking of health, your doctor’s number should be in your directory. This will come in handy when out of town and you need information.

Do you travel a lot? Go ahead and program the number of your travel agent or airline that you use. Need a business number and don’t want to call 411 and pay? Try, 1-800-GOOG-411 and get the number free. Again, for business only.

You may want to have a co-worker’s number in your phone, just in case. And, add your own home and work phone numbers, so if you lose your cell phone. Hopefully some honest person will call you and return!

Top ten numbers you might need:

1. Credit card hotline
2. Car insurance company
3. Towing company
4. Reliable locksmith
5. Health insurance company
6. Your doctor
7. Airline – If you travel a lot
8. For business number info – 1-800-GOOG-411
9. Co-worker’s number
10. Your own numbers

Here is another one for you. Microsoft recently launched a new search engine called Bing. It offers a service similar to GOOG-411 with even more features, including driving directions. To reach it, just dial 1-800-BING-411. It is a free service!



BusJunction helps you find a bus route

June 15, 2009

BusJunction.comBusJunction.com works something like Expedia or Orbitz in the way it helps travelers find their way in a crowded market. But unlike those two popular airfare Web sites, BusJunction doesn’t sell tickets; it steers its users to the online ticketing on the bus companies’ home pages. It’s an aggregator of data, like Kayak.com, not a booking site.

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ten links for today

June 12, 2009

1. The one country you have to visit

2. Volcano Boarding

3. Giant Sandcastle Hotel

4. The Master Packing List For Compact Travellers

5. 15 Awesome Sites to See in Namibia

6. Smoke-free Hotels

7. World’s Worst Cultural Mistakes

8. Israel’s Museums

9. Tanzania Safaris: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara

10. Taking the Subway in Tokyo – The Basics



MakeMyTrip offers free air tickets on booking hotels and holidays

June 12, 2009

MakeMyTrip.com has tied up with low-cost airline SpiceJet, offering “free unlimited SpiceJet air tickets on the booking of hotels or holidays” through the online travel agency.

 

MakeMyTrip.com

MakeMyTrip.com

The free ticket is given to every traveller on every purchase. The offer is valid on hotel room-nights booked online and holidays booked through call centre or through walk-ins in the company stores across 25 locations.

 

Travellers can get unlimited tickets depending on the number of hotel-room nights or the length of holidays they book.

According to MakeMyTrip, customers need to confirm their free tickets 21 days in advance of their preferred travel dates. The number of free tickets increases with pax and duration of stay. Thus, a family of four, travelling for four nights will receive 16 tickets. The customer needs to pay the taxes on the tickets.

[Source: eyefortravel]



Photo of the day: Oman

June 12, 2009

Oman



Considerations for Responsible Trekking

June 11, 2009

trekking

Trekking can place great pressure on wilderness areas and you should take special care when trekking to help preserve the ecology and beauty of the country or place. The following tips are common sense, but they are also mandated by some governments, and you, or your guide, could be fined for not observing them.

Rubbish

  • Carry out all your rubbish. If you’ve carried it in you can carry it out. Don’t overlook those easily forgotten items, such as silver paper, cigarette butts and plastic wrappers. Empty packaging weighs very little and should be stored in a dedicated rubbish bag. Make an effort to carry out rubbish left by others.
  • Minimize the waste you must carry out by reducing packaging and taking no more than you will need. If you can’t buy in bulk, unpack small packages and combine their contents in one container before your trek. Take reusable containers or stuff sacks.
  • Sanitary napkins, tampons and condoms should also be carried out despite the inconvenience. They burn and decompose poorly.

Human Waste Disposal

  • Contamination of water sources by human faeces can lead to the transmission of hepatitis, typhoid and intestinal parasites. It can cause severe health risks not only to members of your party, but also to local residents and wildlife. A toilet tent can or usually is set up at each camp; please use it.
  • Where there is no toilet tent, bury your waste. Dig a small hole 15cm deep and at least 100m from any watercourse. Consider carrying a lightweight trowel for this purpose. Cover the waste with soil and a rock. Use toilet paper sparingly and burn it or bury it with the waste. In snow, dig down to the soil otherwise your waste will be exposed when the snow melts.

Washing

  • Don’t use detergents or toothpaste, even if they are biodegradable, in or near watercourses. For personal washing, use biodegradable soap and a basin at least 50m away from any watercourse. Widely disperse the waste water to allow the soil to filter it fully before it finally makes it back to the watercourse.

Erosion

  • At some places, hillsides and mountain slopes, especially at high altitude, are prone to erosion. It is important to stick to existing tracks and avoid short cuts that bypass a switchback. If you blaze a new trail straight down a slope it will turn into a watercourse with the next heavy rainfall and eventually cause soil loss and deep scarring.
  • If a well-used track passes through a mud patch, walk through the mud: walking around the edge of the patch will increase the size of the patch.
  • Avoid removing the plants that keep the topsoil in place.

Wildlife Conservation

  • Don’t assume animals found in huts to be nonindigenous vermin and attempt to exterminate them. In wild places they are likely to be protected native animals.
  • Discourage the presence of wildlife at the camp by not leaving food scraps behind.
  • Do not disturb or feed wildlife or do anything to destroy their natural habitat.

Cultural Conservation

  • Respect the culture and traditions of local people, whether they are villagers, your camp staff or your horse drivers, especially if you’re in a foreign country.
  • If applicable, do not give sweets, money, medicines or gifts to local people, particularly children, as this encourages begging.
  • If applicable, do not buy local household items or religious artifacts from villagers.

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