11 INTRODUCTION responsible travel Responsible Travel has always been of huge importance to us. Our Responsible Travel Fund supports ongoing projects worldwide and we are extremely proud to have donated significant amounts over the years. Much of this has been through donations made during booking - for every £ 1 you donate we will match it ( up to £ 1000) making a dramatic and valuable contribution. www. imaginative- traveller. com/ responsible- travel Over the years Imaginative Traveller has supported numerous small local projects and set up several initiatives designed to benefit the areas we visit. We have ongoing environmental and humanitarian projects in Egypt, India, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Bolivia and Guatemala. www. imaginative- traveller. com/ projects Our volunteer tours are a superb way to combine an exciting adventure holiday whilst immersing yourself within a community or project. Get involved! our projects volunteer tours climate care There is an increasing public awareness that the burning of fossil fuels is changing the world's climate. At Imaginative Traveller we believe that travel has many benefits, for the communities who depend on tourism for their livelihood, for the National Parks that are protected to encourage visitors, and for travellers who have the opportunity to gain a much greater understanding of other cultures. So, although we appreciate the benefits of reducing unnecessary travel, we do not think that to stop travelling completely is the answer! As part of our Responsible Travel Policy we are now offering our travellers the opportunity of offsetting the impact of carbon emissions from their international flights through ClimateCare. For each tonne of carbon that our travellers offset, ClimateCare will ensure that a tonne of carbon is reduced through their accredited emissions reductions projects. For each tour we have included a recommended amount, calculated by ClimateCare, for those wishing to offset their international flights. These are based on direct return flights from London Heathrow. For those travelling from other countries, or who are interested in more information about the projects developed by ClimateCare please visit: www. jpmorganclimatecare. com Imaginative Traveller is constantly looking at other ways we can reduce our emissions. In the future we aim to be able to offer our travellers the chance to offset their entire tour, including transport and accommodation.
INTRODUCTION 12 We can also offer Extra Accommodation, Adventure Travel Insurance& Flights imaginative additions flightsinsurance website pre & post tour accommodation airport transfers etracks food and drink Imaginative Traveller tours are usually LAND ONLY and do not include international flights. However, as a one- stop travel specialist, we recommend you also book your flights with us. We source our flights daily, giving you the best price from a wide range of airlines so let us do the groundwork for you. Why should I book my flights with Imaginative Traveller? • Being ATOL licensed we provide you with financial protection. • Access to directly negotiated rates means cheaper and often more flexible fares. • Our knowledge of the tours means we book the most convenient connections. • We can provisionally hold flight seats for you with no obligation to purchase. • We can usually accept a £ 150 deposit giving you more time to save for the trip. • We can offer discounted domestic connections within the UK. • Upgrades, child discounts, Round the World tickets and air passes available. • We are the link between your flights and your tour should any difficulties arise. Why not make the most of your time away? Do some exploring before the trip begins or add a couple of nights after the tour to really getting to know a country. We offer competitive rates in all destinations - book in conjunction with your main tour. Take the hassle out of arrival. If a transfer is not already included and you'd like to start your holiday in a relaxing way by being met at the airport by one of our authorised drivers, then book an arrival ( and departure) transfer in conjunction with your main tour. Imaginative Traveller tours are not ordinary holidays. It is thus vital you have adequate travel insurance cover. Imaginative Traveller can offer you comprehensive travel insurance specifically tailored to our travellers. This covers ALL our trips and activities. Please see page 243 for further details, ask your travel consultant or visit our website www. imaginative- traveller. com www. imaginative- traveller. com The perfect place to source your trip! ALL our tours are online as well as the vitally important detailed trip and country dossiers. You will also find a Frequently Asked Questions page, a useful ' Compare Tours' button, blogs, image galleries - you can even create your own wish- list. An exciting new concept is our Live Chat facility which helps you out with any questions you might have at the touch of a button! THE place for all the latest news, flight inclusive deals, special offers and travel related articles. Sign up at www. imaginative- traveller. comand be kept up to date with Imaginative news! Many of our tours include meals. To see what is included within your tour look out for the symbols: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner