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.
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.