Caring about the environment & its people
Headwater holidays are all about getting you to places you can't go in a car and, as such, are much more environmentally friendly than traditional "fly and flop" fortnights on the beach! In fact, last year, Headwater walkers hiked a staggering 462,000 kilometres; our cyclists pedalled an amazing 520,000 kilometres; our canoeists paddled an impressive 9,000 kilometres, and our dedicated cross country skiers notched up a further 39,000 kilometres. That makes a record-breaking total of 1,030,000 carbon neutral kilometres in just 12 months!
Our sustainability ratings
As an environmentally responsible tour operator we’ve added a sustainability score to each holiday – look out for these on the individual holiday pages. This is a percentage score based on the environmental impact of each element of the tour from the point of arrival in the holiday area. This includes all local transportation and transfers as well as the environmental awareness of the local suppliers that ‘service’ a Headwater holiday – anything from the food miles involved in the hotel chef sourcing his ingredients to how responsible the hotel’s policy is on the washing of linen, towels and napkins.
We’ve also assessed the part our customers can play in sustainability too by awarding higher scores to holiday itineraries that provide the opportunity to inject cash into local communities through perhaps buying local souvenirs, visiting local heritage attractions and eating out in cafés and restaurants in small towns and villages.