Each one of our Hands on Journeys tours has been built around our three key beliefs of what any travel experience should be: Incredible Sights, Cultural Immersion, Empowering Communities.
The world is an astonishing place, and each country contributes a multitude of different attractions and sights. Some may be under the radar and harder to find, but it’s our mission to continually find those hidden gems and couple them in with the most famous stops on our itineraries.
Our promise to you is to not just take you to these world-famous attractions, but with the help of our local experience leaders and expert guides, to share the history and facts behind them.
Without interaction, travel is no different from seeing star-studded attractions on the big screen. The people we meet, stories we share and moments we treasure on our travels usually can be attributed to the locals we have met. Cultural immersion is at the forefront of what we do because we believe in it. The best way to understand a destination is through the eyes of the locals, and our small group tours do just that.
We promise to introduce you to new communities as strangers and to leave as friends. To show you the day-to-day life, the inside scoop and to immerse you in the destination beyond the pages of a guide-book.
Through our #EmpowermentTourism concept, you might be helping a community open a cooking school, providing an underdeveloped college with clean water or empowering a small group to finally open a business. When we say our tours are life-changing, we mean for the locals as much as you. The communities we work with trust us because we have opened up two-way conversations, shared countless ups and downs, overnight stays on dusty floors and most importantly human connection. We’ve made friends around the world, and we can’t wait to introduce you to our extended family.
At its core Empowerment Tourism is about lifting a community up, not passing down handouts. Through new skills and investment, we want people around the world to thrive, on their terms, and not be reliant on any external sources.
We promise our projects are sustainable, well thought out and leave a lasting impact. Our cultural immersion programme offers a two-way benefit for both locals and travellers alike. We aim to never remove jobs from locals and most of your time on the ground will be seeing first hand and meeting those your funds have supported and impacted rather than trying to achieve all the actions in the relatively short space of your visit.