Travel Philosophy

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You’re an independent traveler.

You’ve traveled internationally before and understand all the details it takes to go on an amazing vacation. You also know how it feels to be on your own in a foreign country, surrounded by different languages and feel excited by the thought of new experiences.

You are not interested in packaged tours or tour bus trips.

A crowded tour bus does not appeal to you at all. You don’t want to follow the crowd and eat at overpriced restaurants surrounded by other tourists. You want to explore, grow, learn, and move through each day with curiosity and an open mind. You are not interested in a cookie cutter “one size fits all” packaged tour. You value depth of destination expertise and personalized options.

You are culturally curious.

Traveling is a window to the world. You meet cultural differences with respect and gratitude. You believe that if everyone were more accepting and open to different ways of life, the world would be a more open, accepting place.

You value leaving a small footprint.

Sustainable travel is important to you. You feel that it is an individual’s responsibility to live with a small footprint, and you enjoy learning about best practices around eco-travel. You do not want to be a part of the overtourism problem. You choose to support local businesses that use sustainability and eco-friendly practices as a guiding principle to their organization.

You believe travel and personal growth go hand in hand

Traveling means taking in new things, learning new ways of doing things, questioning old, stuck beliefs and taking on a fresh perspective. You want answers to the big questions in life. You’re a seeker of higher truths and traveling is the way to do this.

You value experience over things.

Nothing is exciting if you know what the outcome will be. You want to take risks and experience life fully. You want to laugh until you cry, taste delicious foods, speak the local language, and open yourself to spontaneous adventures. A great trip to you is one where you come back with stories all starting with, “You’ll never guess what happened next!”