Traveling should be an opportunity to SEEK new and fresh landscapes, DISCOVER it’s peoples and cultures, and GROW exponentially from the adventure of it all. It should shake you up and change you. It should be about embarking on an inner journey as well as an outward one, and the experience should leave a permanent imprint on your soul.
Travel should impact one permanently and wholeheartedly, without leaving any trace of one having arrived at all. “Take nothing away. Leave nothing behind.”
Let us be your travel guides, companions, mentors. We’ve been there before and have mapped out the best routes and places to rest your head. We’ve personally tried the Pad Thai from the lady with the food cart at the end of Khao San Road. Let us share our vast experience and knowledge on hundreds of destinations across the globe and help you get OUT there!
We at Get Out There Tours are concerned about Climate Change and the impact air travel (to start with) has on our planet. Most airlines traveling to the destinations we travel to have Carbon Offset Programs where you can offset the impact of your flight by donations a small amount to an approved Offset Program. We should all be doing this each time we fly. Here is more information and as always feel free to drop us and email to find out more about how we offset other areas of travel:
Responsible Animal Tourism
We at Get Out There Tours endeavor to promote the ethical treatment of animals. We spend hours researching each trip to ensure that the practices of our suppliers are in line with our standards and that they are advocates of Responsible Animal Tourism as well. Unfortunately not all are on the same page as we are yet, but we see progression every day. In the past, even WE have not known better, but when we know better, we do better. We are constantly changing suppliers, sometimes at the last minute out of respect for our animal friends. In regards to Elephant Tourism, as it is unfortunately called, we believe that there are the good sanctuaries and the bad, but the good ones are needed to allow for the continued rescue of “trained” elephants worldwide.
Elephant Riding is not longer a practice we condone. In addition, Elephant Bathing as a tourist activity is not longer considered good for the elephants. The elephants need to cool off but extended time in the water or extended time laying on theirs sides is not good for the elephants, nor is being surrounded by dozens of laughing, tourists prancing about trying to get the best selfie. Further, we have learned, that any touching of the elephants is just not good. Over tourism has caused this to become chaotic and unnerving for our gentle giant friends, and we at Get Out There Tours are committed to just letting “elephants be elephants.” Join us on one of our visits to Chiang Mai where we take our guests to Chang Chill to hike in the hills with six amazing female elephants going about their day at their own pace. We don’t intrude upon their drawing or bathing, rather we watch them (sometimes up close, but still at a respectable distance) just BE. You will love this interaction, we promise.
We believe there are pluses and minuses at every sanctuary but the overall benefit to the previously enslaved elephants at a good number of sanctuaries is outstanding. Any questions, watch a mahout interact with his or her charge. You will see all you need to see in that relationship. We are here to assist our travelers learn about these amazing creatures while not harming but only nurturing their existence through education, donations, and one-on-one experiences. As we learn more, we will continue to alter our views.
This article provides some further information on the topic:
Before the concept of Get Out There Tours was ever formulated, there were hundreds of trips taken to both on and off the beaten track destinations. But it all started with a Delta flight to Frankfurt and a Eurail Pass, after all, every story has its beginning. The passion hit hard and fast and for the next 25 years, nearly one hundred countries would be visited.
For almost ten years, Laura worked in travel, first as a travel consultant and them marketing manager at STA Travel. Later, a travel writing stint while based in Cusco, Peru became a means to remain south of the border for a couple of years. Next came a true and deep love affair with Southeast Asia, especially Thailand and Burma. Today, Laura calls Thailand her second home and leads groups there personally each year.
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We are always seeking new tour operators in new destinations. What we are really looking for are out of the ordinary ways to travel to and within far off the beaten path locales. Our local guides know the ins and outs of a street market in Chiang Mai and the best time of the day to visit each temple at Angkor Wat. Do you have a unique way of showing travelers your neck of the woods? Shoot us an email with a description of what you offer and let’s talk.....