See­ing the Big­ger Pic­ture

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - CONTENTS -

This month we’ve com­piled a di­verse man­ual on trav­el­ing re­spon­si­bly, which in­cludes ideas for be­yondthe-guide­book itin­er­ar­ies that are eth­i­cally sound and cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive, tips from ac­tor Adrian Gre­nier on light­en­ing your travel foot­print, and more.

Be­yond-the-guide­book itin­er­ar­ies re­main im­mensely pop­u­lar, and the pas­sion­ate trav­el­ers who seek them out have a vested in­ter­est in choos­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that are eth­i­cally sound, cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able. Op­er­a­tors have long re­ferred to the con­cept as re­spon­si­ble tourism, and now it's en­ter­ing the zeit­geist. We can all eas­ily adopt a more con­sci­en­tious ap­proach to travel in ways both ma­jor and mi­nor. Below, check out four new itin­er­ar­ies from top op­er­a­tors, and in the en­su­ing pages, dis­cover strate­gies to pack lighter, con­nect with lo­cals on a deeper level, and leave the places you visit just as you found them—per­haps even a lit­tle bet­ter. IN­DONE­SIA

Pere­grine Ad­ven­tures launched five new tours this year to un­crowded coastal com­mu­ni­ties in South­east Asia, in­clud­ing an eight-day ex­cur­sion through­out this coun­try. The com­pany’s small, car­bon-neu­tral ships stop in tiny port des­ti­na­tions Moyo Is­land and Bangsal. Ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude meet­ing tra­di­tional sarong weavers, ex­plor­ing rice pad­dies and stay­ing in lo­cally owned ac­com­mo­da­tions. pere­grinead­ven­tures.com; from $3,170 per per­son. AUS­TRALIA

Part­ner­ing with lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions is key to Coral Ex­pe­di­tions’ phi­los­o­phy. Next month, the eco-cruise op­er­a­tor will em­bark on its sec­ond Cape York & Arn­hem Land Indige­nous Aus­tralian Art itin­er­ary, which be­gins in Darwin and ends in Cairns, and in­cludes stops on is­lands along the Great Bar­rier Reef. The 11-night voy­age cel­e­brates Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage with vis­its to gal­leries and meet­ing places, such as Báb­bara Women’s Cen­ter, where women silk-screen and then sell tex­tiles. coral­ex­pe­di­tions.com; from $8,290 per per­son.

PERU

Dur­ing a nine-day trip that spans ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites and cities, guests on Clas­sic Es­capes’ An­dean trips visit the Cuyuni peo­ple, who live near the Sa­cred Val­ley just an hour from Cuzco. Here, vil­lagers dis­cuss how they em­brace mod­ern farm­ing and tourism while main­tain­ing an­ces­tral tra­di­tions. clas­sicescapes.com; from $3,495 per per­son. TAN­ZA­NIA

This year, lux­ury sa­fari group andBeyond launched a trio of phil­an­thropic itin­er­ar­ies to help trav­el­ers con­nect with the peo­ple of Africa. Th­ese in­clude the 10-day Travel with Pur­pose ex­cur­sion, dur­ing which tour mem­bers bike to the agrar­ian Mayoka and Moya com­mu­ni­ties for a wildlife drive not far from the Ngoron­goro Crater and a con­ser­va­tion les­son with stu­dents from a lo­cal school. andbeyond.com; from $9,584 per per­son. — ME­LANIE LIEBER­MAN

Sail­ing around Rinca Is­land on a tour of In­done­sia's clear wa­ters with Pere­grine Ad­ven­tures.

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