Wonderful scenery, amazing people, unforgettable experiences... these are what make a holiday extra special. On a Meet The People Tour you get all of this - and so much more.
Offering small groups of people an opportunity to gain an authentic insight into a country’s people and culture, we visit fair trade producers and development projects far removed from any tourist trail. Around a shared interest in fair trade, you will experience life in local communities and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of a country’s natural wonders and cultural heritage.
Undertaken on fair trade terms and working in partnership with local people in long-term relationships, the focus of this small group travel is on making a light footprint.
While our tours may vary a little in the blend, they share the same essential ingredients:
An opportunity to meet local people in their local environment
The chance to enjoy beautiful wildlife and scenery
Time with fair trade producers and other development projects
Visits to important religious and historic sites
Time to discuss and learn about a wide range of local and international issues
Travel in small groups of like-minded individuals
Great travel experiences.
Why book with us?
Running unique tours of this nature is not inexpensive but over 98% of our travellers say our holidays provide value for money. And with over 96% of travellers rating their experiences as being very good or excellent, you can be sure of an authentic, rewarding and memorable holiday. Last year nearly half of our travellers had been on a Meet the People Tour before, and with over 96% of those returning from tours recommending our holidays, you can be sure that you'll be travelling in friendly groups of like-minded fair trade supporters, all looking for great travel experiences.
A perfect partnership
Meet the People Tours are organised by Skedaddle in partnership with Traidcraft. Combining Traidcraft’s expertise as one of the leaders of the international fair trade movement with Skedaddle’s experience of running tours for over 20 years, we can ensure a very special and unique holiday.
Skedaddle was set up in 1995 by Andrew Straw and Paul Snedker, both seasoned travellers and experienced cyclists, Saddle Skedaddle has established itself as the largest independent cycling holiday company in the UK. To find out more, visit www.skedaddle.co.uk
Paul worked at Traidcraft for over 8 years as Director of International Business Services in Traidcraft Exchange, and left in 2001 to run Skedaddle full time. Lizzie Cottier is the Product Manager for the Meet the People Tours, looking after our existing tours and developing new ones, and when she's very lucky, occasionally gets to join one! Lizzie joined Skedaddle in 2005 after working for Shared Interest and volunteering with the Newcastle Fairtrade Partnership.
Skedaddle's links to, and knowledge of Traidcraft and fair trade, and experience of the tourism industry, make us ideally placed to work with Traidcraft on the development of these unique tours.
Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, dedicated to fighting poverty through trade. Traidcraft began running a small range of study tours over 20 years ago and they have since changed and evolved over time. With the growing interest in fair trade and the broader cultural and development issues connected to it, the partnership with Skedaddle has enabled the Meet the People Tours to develop and grow giving more supporters and friends the opportunity to see the benefits of fair trade and see Traidcraft's work, fighting poverty through trade. Find out more here www.traidcraft.co.uk
Throughout our brochure and website look out for this badge highlighting the tours where you can meet fair trade producers currently working with Traidcraft.