Our Story

With over ten years’ experience of creating tailor-made holidays, Dave and Simon became increasingly sceptical of the assumption that ethical travel has to mean compromising on standards or comfort. We know our customers want to enjoy their hard-earned holiday, so we take care of them every step of the way, from expert advice before their trip to 24-hour support while they are away.  A holiday and booking experience with the Beyond Tourism Co. brings you:

Unique Experiences: These are experiences that will help you get under the skin of the country and connect you with the people that live there We've worked hard to uncover lots of activities that would be difficult to find yourself and the connections we have built with communities enable us to offer you something very special.

In Depth Knowledge: Dave and Simon specifically chose not to simply offer the whole world,instead concentrate on those countries they know extremely well and are absolutely passionate about. As an example Simon has been to Thailand 7 times (including getting married there) and he is still not even considered the Thai Expert!

Personalized Service: We completely understand what a big decision choosing the right holiday is for you. We will not ever rush you into a decision, instead we will take time to ensure you get the very best holiday that meets all of your interests.

Flexible Budgets: Tailor made travel can be expensive however it certainly does not need to be anywhere near as expensive as some companies will lead you to believe. Whilst we cant promise to make every budget work, we will certainly try to provide you with an amazing holiday, tailored to your specific interests, regardless of whether you are looking for a luxury holiday or a trip of a life time on a shoestring budget. 

What We Do

 
 

Our Partners

We've taken the time to develop the best experiences and tours that we can, always looking beyond the obvious to find the really unique things about each country – the things that will stay in your memory long after you get back home.To do this we work with our local partners, who will take care of you when you're there. We're proud to have great relationships with them and after all, no one knows a country better than someone who lives there day in, day out!

 

Meet The Team

Dave - Co Founder

About Dave

Dave’s interest in responsible travel goes back to travelling and teaching around Southeast Asia in the late 1990s. Alongside stunning and remote places with great local tourism businesses, he saw ones that already suffered from inappropriate tourism. It was then he decided to help harness the power and potential of tourism for good.

After a postgraduate degree in Development Studies, he went on to a career in several NGO'S as a campaigner and policy officer specializing in fair trade and ethical supply chains, before setting up The Beyond Tourism Co. in 2012.

Dave's knowledge and background means he is able to differentiate between those experiences and hotels that claim to be responsibly run and those that are truly trying to make a difference. He keeps the Beyond Tourism on its true path in making sure all our amazing experiences and holidays always make a difference in the places we visit. 

What is your best Travel Experience

We were told about these lovely Islands off the North West Coast of Malaysia that were still relatively untouched. What we found after a lengthy and uncomfortable boat journey was as close to paradise as I think I may ever find. The Perhentian islands at the time were just starting to offer accommodation. The pure white sand beaches were pristine and empty and our daily swim in the crustal clear waters would often be shared by an incredible array of marine life, including numerous turtles.  There are many incredible Islands and beaches in the world but it was the lack of expectation that made this experience so incredibly special for us.

What is your best travel Tip

By all means read up about your trip in a guide book but make sure it is not your only source of information. Have an idea of what you want to do however ask anybody form the area you are visiting to see what else there is to see and do. This will open you up to a much wider variety of experiences. Guide books more than not offer quite a one sided view to a country.

Simon Forster - Co Founder

About Simon

It was working with a community in Nicaragua in the early 2000's that Simon saw 1st hand how beneficial tourism can be to local communities if managed properly. On his return to the UK he completed a Masters degree in Responsible Tourism Management and went on to work his way through various travel companies both large and small  as responsible tourism manager and country specialist. 

Having worked for both large group travel and small tailor made companies, luxury travel companies and travel companies aimed at backpackers, Simon has developed the skill and knowledge of what makes great holidays for whatever type of travel you are after. If you let Simon know what makes you happy, he will find the right experiences for you.

What is your best Travel Experience

On a recent trip to Guatemala myself and my guide visited the Yaxha Mayan site in the mid afternoon. What I found was a completely deserted site, just me the guide and all of the wildlife that lived in and around the ancient Mayan Ruins. Sitting o top of one of the ancient temples watching the sun sink over the Jungle, it seemed for a moment like I had the entire country to myself. It felt otherworldly, totally unexpected and I very much doubt I will experience another sunset like it.

What is your best travel Tip

Try not to go on any trip with expectations. Do your research and feel prepared, however if you go looking to meet your expectations you are bound to miss so many other amazing experiences that can occur every day.

CONNECT WITH US

0203 475 4799      Info@beyondtourism.co.uk