Wondering which tour operator to choose for your Sri Lanka holiday?
Here’s a close look at 7 reasons why choosing a local matters.
Locals can help you travel deeper. They have a deeper connection (quite literally) with remote, rural communities that often open doors to unique local experiences that others don’t even know exist.
Your Little Black Book! An owner-run local company is like your own ‘little black-book’, where the team has the luxury to travel frequently, get to know the newest hotels, the newly opened backroads, routes that are off the guide books, latest treks and where the seasonal wildlife has moved. It can make such a difference to how your tour gets designed.
Companies run by locals can make experiences more meaningful as they (and their Guides) know the cultural nuances, those quirky traditions and deep rooted rituals and beliefs, inside out.
A dash of ‘oomph’ to your bespoke holiday in Sri Lanka : can only be tailor made by people who love the challenge of constantly innovating. When your holiday includes local immersive experiences that guests wouldn’t find by themselves, it can be so different to any other tailor-made tour of Sri Lanka.
Giving back 100% to Sri Lanka : Responsible local tour operators in Sri Lanka will always ensure that Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans benefit most from your tour. Ensure that 100% of what you pay stays right here in Sri Lanka as your tour should benefit the country’s economy. Always ask if the money you pay for your tour is transferred to an account in Sri Lanka or elsewhere in the world.
Independent : Local tour operators not affiliated to any particular group of hotels can make unbiased recommendations choosing the most appropriate from among the best, the newest or the ones with great stay-pay offers to suite each guest.
Local touch for the global traveler : Bespoke experiential holidays curated by small locally owned companies where the team is well traveled – in Sri Lanka and globally, can stay true to being completely local, but with those discernible professional touches loved by the global traveler.
“We would love to share some wonderful personal experiences in this beautiful biodiversity hotspot coloured by roots that go thousands of years deep. To us, its home.“
Chamintha and Rajindra Jayasinghe
Founders and Chief Explorers
Ayu in the Wild Holidays