Grass Roots travel has really interested people in recent times as they not only provide for a unique traveling experience but also offers very affordable schemes as well. There are many companies offering such trips but the best are Intrepid Travel and Gap Adventures.
Intrepid Travel is a tour operating company that offers small group tours to numerous destinations across Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Antarctica. It was started by two university friends after their experience touring Sahara in a converted tipper truck. Intrepid offers close to 1000 planned small grassroots travel program. It is a carbon neutral organization and is working towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their offices and their trips.
It lays emphasis on touring the locations and experiencing things through the view point of the locals. Traveling is done by local public transport and local cuisine is served and most importantly interaction with the natives. It also plans out tailor made specific tours for closed groups or families or gays and lesbians. The trip duration is mostly between 8 and 28 days but they also offer an epic tour of 150 days from Istanbul to Cape Town. And the cost is kept at a moderate level so that everybody can enjoy the Grassroots Travel Experience.
Gap Adventures founded in 1990 by a man who had the desire and the brains required to change the face of traveling forever. It gave away with the concept of super luxurious getaways and everything and simply served an authentic yet true to its roots traveling experience. It believes in sustainable traveling policies. It emphasizes on the virtues of cultural travel and pure adventure. This company is better known as the Latin America Travel Specialists as they offer 450 different trips in this zone itself. It offers trips to Asia, Africa and Europe but it is a little less widespread than Intrepid Travel. Most trip packages are between 5 days and 20 days but Gap Adventures also provides 80+ days of epic adventures through Latin America and the north coast of Africa. Gap Adventures doesn’t provide for custom closed groups but it has dedicated Arctic trips named as Canadian goose. Prices for the various trips are moderate.
Both the companies heavily support a Sustainable Travel Program Mindset
and have similar types of setups of operation. So choosing one over the other can be a matter of simply personal preference because mostly these grassroots or small group traveling program’s success depends on many different factors like the nature of fellow group members and the knowledge of the assigned guide etc.
But most importantly your willingness to let go and amazed by natural beauty.Discover Intrepid