Village Ways' holidays have been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. Travel writers and bloggers capture the spirit of our trips and it is well worth reading some of the articles if you are considering enjoying one of our adventures.
Indian journalist Bibek Bhattacharya travelled to the Indian Himalayas for Outlook Traveller magazine. Beautiful photos accompany a wonderful description of our walking holiday in the Saryu and Pindar Valleys. 'We turn a bend on the mountain trail and the falls come into view. It’s pretty dramatic, falling in many braids, its silvery flow lit up by a stray ray of the sun, surrounded by thick forests. At its widest point, a thin yellow rock band extends across the waterfall. Khim Singh points to it, “That’s the golden bridge. On full-moon nights, the gods use it to cross from one side to another, when they come to bathe.”'
Bibek Bhattacharya, Outlook Traveller magazine
Writing for the Guardian, Kevin Rushby enjoys the flavours of the Vall de Gallinera in Eastern Spain, one of our Grass Routes holidays, and is enchanted by this wonderful valley.
'Evaristo is one of many locals who are taking time to introduce visitors to their forgotten, bucolic idyll. It’s an innovative rural regeneration scheme that gives the outsider a privileged introduction to a host of local characters and experiences.'
Kevin Rushby, The Guardian
Michael Kerr from The Telegraph is among the first guests to explore our new Simien Mountains villages.
'I walked between the villages and around them, being invited into homes and classrooms and community gatherings. The locals were as curious about me as I was about them. A priest, having stared at me for a while after I took off my hat, told me he had never seen anyone with straight hair. Children, when I paused to take a photograph, would shout to all their friends to come and look at the faranji – the foreigner.'
Michael Kerr, The Telegraph
Sustainable travel expert Catherine Mack, writing in the rounds up the responsible tourism scene, with a focus on Village Ways:
'Village Ways, in particular, takes extra steps on its walking holidays to remote spots in Nepal, India and Ethiopia, because participating village communities are partners in the business, guided and marketed by head office in the UK, making this a truly unique grassroots travel organisation.'
Catherine Mack, Irish Times
Other publications which have featured Village Ways in 2016 include:
The Standard, on our Nepal trips
The Weekend Leader, profiling our Indian management team
Essential journeys website, introducing our Simien Mountains walking trip
And from previous years:
"There's much to recommend these walking holidays, launching in March with specialist Village Ways. Socially and environmentally responsible (the aim is to create jobs in rural areas and minimise the impact of groups of foreign tourists), they're brilliantly organised and cover spectacular yet so far neglected Himalayan terrain – in this case the Sailung Valley, east of Kathmandu. Trips are tailored to walkers' needs – whether that's a hot water bottle in your bed or a lesson in serving the local speciality, buffalo cheese."
Kevin Rushby, The Guardian, January 2014
"Aimed at sustainably developing tourism as a means to encourage conservation, the guided trips shift focus nightly to the largely Buddhist villages of Solambu, Teksingh and Pasiban, where trekkers stay in simple community guesthouses, with one night in a tented camp. Meals feature local vegetarian fare grown by area farmers."
Elaine Glusac, The New York Times, November 2013
"For visitors it’s a simple sell: charming walks, an insight into traditional rural life, and a total absence of hassle. Yes, you read right: it’s a 100% guaranteed hassle-free zone. No begging, no staring, no tipping, no horn please, no guilt – especially no guilt; this must be the most relaxing experience on the subcontinent. The biggest problem you’re likely to face is a tea overdose – barely an hour goes by without an offer of yet another cup from a smiling villager."
Paul Bloomfield, Wanderlust, 2009