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Discovering Sri Lanka Responsibly: A Guide by Experiential Traveller | Ashan Wijetilleke | Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

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ශ්‍රී LankaNZ is a free distributed Sri Lankan Community Newspaper that aims to reach a Sri Lankan population of over 18,000 all over New Zealand. The demand for entertainment in literacy media itself gave birth to ශ්‍රී LankaNZ

As a travel company deeply rooted in the lush landscapes and rich traditions of Sri Lanka, Experiential Traveller is committed to pioneering responsible travel practices that ensure both the beauty and culture of our island are preserved for future generations. Here, we outline our sustainable tourism model that aligns with environmental stewardship, cultural respect, and community engagement.

Sri Lanka’s stunning natural environment is invaluable, and at Experiential Traveller, we prioritize its preservation. We meticulously design each tour to achieve carbon neutrality, a commitment that involves planting trees to offset the carbon emissions generated by our travel activities. This vital initiative not only helps fight climate change but also actively contributes to increasing the lush greenery of our island. By reinforcing the green cover, we enhance the ecological health of the region, ensuring that each adventure offered by Experiential Traveller enriches both the environment and the experience of our guests.

Single-use plastics are a global issue, and we tackle this on our tours by encouraging refilling practices and providing glass water bottles to all our guests. This move significantly reduces waste and pollution, preserving the pristine condition of our beloved landscapes.

At Experiential Traveller, we avoid Overtourism by organizing tours in smaller, more intimate groups. This strategy ensures a personalized experience for our guests while minimizing environmental impacts. Smaller groups reduce strain on local ecosystems and wildlife, thereby supporting our broader conservation efforts and maintaining the serene natural ambiance of Sri Lanka’s beautiful landscapes.

Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage is as diverse as its ecology. At Experiential Traveller, we believe in respecting and uplifting the local traditions that make our culture so vibrant. Our guides are trained to educate travelers on the importance of respecting local customs and traditions, ensuring that our visits enrich rather than exploit our cultural sites.

We diligently ensure our tours respect and uphold local social values. Our engagement with communities is considerate of their lifestyle and privacy, fostering a culture of mutual respect and appreciation. This approach not only enriches the travel experience for our guests but also strengthens the bonds between visitors and host communities, promoting an atmosphere of understanding and shared values.

Following local customs is more than a policy; it’s a mark of our respect for the cultural identities that have been nurtured over centuries. This respect is communicated through our actions and teachings on each tour, creating a respectful and enlightening experience for all.

At the heart of our mission is the commitment to fair trade practices. We ensure that the benefits of tourism are distributed fairly across the community, providing equal opportunities for all. This includes prioritizing local businesses and suppliers in our tour operations, which helps keep the economic benefits within local hands.

Supporting women entrepreneurs in underprivileged areas is a key aspect of our community engagement at Experiential Traveller. We prioritize sourcing products and services from female-led businesses, significantly contributing to economic diversity. This initiative empowers women within their communities, fostering independence and strengthening local economies, thereby creating a more equitable and inclusive environment for all members of the community.

Lastly, we are dedicated to fostering knowledge and growth in the communities we visit through educational sessions on new income opportunities and ethical business models. These initiatives equip local residents with the skills and knowledge to thrive in a changing global environment, ensuring that the benefits of tourism are sustainable and widespread.

Traveling with Experiential Traveller means becoming a part of a movement that cherishes and sustains the natural beauty, diverse cultures, and vibrant communities of Sri Lanka. Our responsible travel practices ensure that while exploring the wonders of this island, you also contribute to preserving it. Join us in setting a benchmark for responsible tourism, where every journey enriches both the traveler and the destination.


By Ashan Wijetilleke – Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

For all your personalized and sustainable travel experiences, connect with “Ashan Wijetilleke,” the proprietor of Experiential Traveller via:
WhatsApp: +94-713-483-648
Email: info@experientialtraveller.lk


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