One village at a time, you will discover the world
A world different from yours, with its own rhythms, cultures, religions, traditions, and lifestyles. In search of authenticity, make sure your travels through these remote and often isolated communities are marked by humility, understanding, and sharing so that your legacy will be one of respect, positivism, and joy in having participated in the protection of these fragile treasures.
To this end, we offer these recommendations for our travelers:
- Tolerance and positivism: The accommodations posted on the VAOLO platform are offered and run by villagers themselves. Authentic and hospitable villagers who have chosen to open their doors to you. They will do the utmost to make your stay enjoyable and to offer you a unique experience. Be positive and tolerant as it may differ from your habits.
- A pleasant guest: It is a great privilege to be able to travel and to discover new worlds. Do not fall into the stereotype of the demanding tourist who expects everything on his own terms, but rather place yourself in the role of the welcoming guest passing through, pleasant and grateful, wishing to share meaningful encounters with the hosts.
- Openness: Every culture, religion, and way of life has its own rules and traditions. For a more meaningful encounter, adopt the position of a visitor who seeks to understand and respect these differences with humility, rather than judging them according to the standard of your own beliefs and assumptions. Respect local dress codes, especially in sacred places. Learn some basic words of local language: everyone will truly appreciate it and it will provide a further opportunity to establish contact with local people!
- Understand the value of money: Money, goods, and food are not valued the same everywhere. Be aware of it and respect the socioeconomic balance, precarious and fragile, and adapt your behaviour accordingly: limit demonstrations of wealth, do not waste water and food, bargain with respect, and do not give money or gifts to children (it encourages parents to send them out to beg instead of going to school). If you wish to bring goods to give (clothes, books, toys, etc.), make sure you do it through a local association, a school, a library. They know the needs of their community better and will know what to do with it.
- Photos: We all want to capture a child’s smile, a picture of active village life. Do this in the respect of others. Always ask permission before taking a picture of villagers. Respect the wishes of villagers not to be photographed and remember that the best photos are often not those we take with a camera, but those we keep in our hearts and our memories.
- Respect for the environment: Your presence will leave behind a legacy. Make it one with the smallest negative impact and a positive footprint in protecting the living spaces, natural environments, and the cultural heritage of your hosts, the true wealth of these communities. In particular, do not take away objects or memories that would diminish this natural wealth, think of limiting the impact of your waste and your consumption (water, air conditioning, etc.), and respect the cultural and natural sites.