(The Gear Loop) - A new, sustainable travel company has launched in the form of Slow Adventure, which aims to support local communities and projects every time you book a getaway.
With bespoke expeditions based around nature and the natural environment, every Slow Adventure is uniquely designed and delivered by local members, creating what Slow Adventure refers to as "community-led tourism", where local people who are "passionate about conserving and regenerating the environment and unique culture" choose how people engage with their local area.
The first human-powered adventures will begin in the wilds of Sweden and Scotland, where participants will be greeted by nature-based accommodation, local, slow, foraged, caught, grown, hunted food and human or nature-powered outdoor activities, such as paddling, kayaking, trekking, fishing and more.
In Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden, adventurers will hike on snowshoes to a mountain lodge and feast on lunch by a campfire. This experience is then followed by ice fishing, a wood-fired sauna and hot tub and a chance to see the northern lights. During their slow adventure, guests will learn about the Sami culture, one of Sweden’s official national minorities and reindeer herders.
In Lochaber, Scotland, adventurers can learn to forage and survive on an expedition into wilderness with an experienced ecologist and bushcraft expert, canoeing to a remote peninsula and putting their new skills to the test by foraging and resting up in a traditional bothy.
Co-founder and Managing Director, Sara Mair Bellshaw, says: "I am determined to continue to help small businesses in rural areas and encourage visitors to slow down to connect more with nature and local culture. We’re building a global movement of people who understand that it’s no longer possible to adventure without giving back".
Further destinations to be added in 2022 include Finland, Iceland, Ireland and Italy, while 5 per cent of every booking goes directly back to the communities to support local conservation and regeneration projects.
The customer can choose the project they wish to support at the booking stage. The conservation projects supported by the Slow Adventure Impact Fund are proposed by the local members and partners based on their expert knowledge of the best run projects in their regions.
Slow adventures start from £190 per person per night including accommodation, food and activities. You can find out more by visiting the website.