Where to go when? Our guide to a year of fair trade holidays

If you are looking for a fulfilling journey to inspire and invigorate ,then browse our guide for holidays you don’t want to miss:

Early escapes with a warm welcome: Start the year with inspiring stories from communities and cooperatives in Latin America! Our tours in Cuba and Chile journey through stunning landscapes and cultural capitals visiting farmers whose ingenious techniques and fascinating histories are full of inspiration. Book now to ensure you don’t miss out!
More spring options in: Nepal and Western India

Summer’s in sight: As the warmer weather reaches the UK we head to Africa where the cooler (but still very pleasant!) temperatures in Malawi and Eswatini attract incredible wildlife. In between the fabulous fair trade visits we can often be found rhino and elephant spotting.
More summer options in: Peru and Thailand

Autumn Adventures: October is the perfect time to head to two of our favourite destinations for a celebration of culture and tradition. In Northern India we take a boat trip on the Ganges and meet weavers in Varanasi, whilst in Ghana you can put the cocoa pods to one side and try your hand at traditional Ashanti printing.
More autumn options in: South Africa and Vietnam

In search of winter sunshine: For those planning ahead, join us in Costa Rica for the coffee harvest, or travel with us to the heart of fair trade in Bangladesh where we meet paper makers, embroiderers and communities pioneering organic farming.
More winter options in: Sri Lanka and Southern India

To browse our full programme of holidays click here. To check availability, have your questions answered then you can call us on 0191 2651110 or email us at info@skedaddle.com

Christmas Appeal from Traidcraft Exchange

This Christmas and beyond, Traidcraft Exchange will be raising funds to help the most vulnerable producer groups affected by changes at Traidcraft plc.

You may have heard recently that Traidcraft plc has been forced to downsize and look to a new future or face closure due to falling sales and the reduction in value of the pound. The choice to restructure was unfortunately simple – reform and support some producer groups or close and support none. There will also be a direct impact on the income Traidcraft Exchange, their sister charity, gets from customers choosing to round up their orders.

Those travelling on Meet the People Tours are part of a very privileged group of people who have seen first hand the impact that both Traidcraft plc and Traidcraft Exchange has had on lives of thousands of people across the developing world. We’ve met the people whose lives have been changed for the better through trade.

It’s these people whose livelihoods are now at risk. Traidcraft will no longer able to buy and sell their products, and producers across the world, from GPI in Nepal to Noah’s Ark in India, will need to find new sources of income.

These producer groups do incredible work and we are continuing to run the Meet the People Tours so you can visit them, see their work, share in their successes, and understand their challenges.

Traidcraft Exchange is also working closely with Traidcraft plc and looking to support as many of these groups as possible alongside continuing their vital existing work with over 300,000 people living in poverty across the world.

BANGLADESHHere’s a message from Traidcraft Exchange:
“The tailored support programmes we offer will differ from group to group, but we are well placed to use our expertise and years of working closely with Traidcraft to help producers find new markets, develop new products, and make sure their incomes remain secure.

However, to do this, we urgently need to raise the money that would allow us to carry out work beyond our existing commitment to the 300,000 people we work alongside each year. This Christmas, we are running an appeal asking Traidcraft supporters to pledge additional resources to help us take on work helping these vulnerable producer groups.

It is vital that people like you pledge your support for the producers affected by this news. You can support the appeal by donating here 

If you’d like to be kept informed about the impact of Traidcraft’s news on producers, and the work that Traidcraft Exchange hopes to do to help them at this time of great difficulty, please do email hello@traidcraft.org to ensure you receive updates and information.

We’d love to hear from you, and learn about your experiences meeting producers across the world. You can also call us on 0191 497 6445, or write to us at Traidcraft Exchange, Kingsway North, Team Valley, NE11 0NE.”

CHILE TRAVEL ALERT: DIRECT FLIGHTS TO SANTIAGO

Calling all fair trade enthusiasts! South America just got a lot closer…

Our Meet the People Tour to Chile has always been a firm favourite for Skedaddle. As well as being the birthplace of our company, we’re lovers of MiFruta’s raisins, Lautaro’s wine, and Apicoop’s honey of course! So news that the first ever DIRECT flight from the UK to Chile has finally arrived has us beaming ear-to-ear.

How to get there?
Thanks to BA, as of the first week of 2017, you can fly direct from London Heathrow to Santiago – yippee! Telegraph Travel tell us more:

“Chile is of enormous appeal to leisure travellers, especially those looking for adventure, exploration and experiences, thanks to its outstanding and diverse natural beauty and attractions and its great food and wine.”

For more information see the Telegraph travel’s article in full by clicking here.

Feeling inspired?
For us, visiting Chile is about more than simply enjoying the stunning landscapes and tucking in to delicious local food and wine (although that’s always part of the experience too!). Our Meet the People Tour of Chile is about getting under the skin of a seemingly well-developed and comfortable nation. It’s learning about the challenges that you don’t hear about, it’s hearing from farmers and activists striving for better. It’s hearing inspiring stories of fair trade, solidarity, empowerment and overcoming adversity.

Thanks to BA’s direct flights, it has got a whole lot easier and quicker to make all this happen and we would like to invite you to join us!

Find out more about our trip to Enchanting Chile by clicking here.