About Us

Founded in 2017 by travel industry veterans Jake Haupert and Michael Bennett, Ed.D., Explorer X consciously-designs custom travel experiences and small group adventures that will take you to the most incredible destinations around the world and invite you to venture into its most unique cultures. Combining exciting outdoor activities, immersive cultural interactions, incredible local accommodations, and amazing culinary experiences with meaningful conversations and time for exploration and reflection, these journeys put you face-to-face with contemporary issues and ancient truths, allow you to see the world through new eyes, and focus as much on the inner journey of discovery as they do on the outer journey of exploration. As pioneers in the art of transformational travel, we believe that by engaging in travel in a deeper, more intentional, and more meaningful way, travel has the power to transform our lives and create lasting change in the world.

What to Expect

Traveling with Explorer X is a holistic experience in which you will engage with your Travel Mentor before, during, and after your Journey to truly create the trip of a lifetime. You will stay in amazing local lodges and hotels, indulge in the incredible locally grown food and wine, take stunning photographs, have once-in-a-lifetime experiences and adventures, develop new friendships, and make memories that last a lifetime ... But we will also invite you on an equally powerful inner Journey that we hope will allow you to better understand yourself, reconnect with your passions and your dreams, and re-kindle the spirit that burns deep with inside each of us. Of course, you won’t do this alone. Your Travel Mentor will support and guide you in using your adventures as catalysts for shifting perspectives, transforming your life, and creating real change in the world.

Our Philosophy

We believe that travel, at its roots, is about exploration … It's about adventuring off into the unknown, exploring the world and ourselves, and being open to whatever it is that we find … It’s about connecting with new people, places, and cultures and wrestling with ideas and perspectives and beliefs that simultaneously inspire us and challenge us to our core ... It’s about building compassion, understanding, empathy, and awareness and is the ultimate tool for growth, learning, and global citizenry … It’s about being awed by the beauty of nature and feeling that sense of being so small (yet so powerful) … It's about reconnecting with ourselves so that we can live with more meaning, purpose, and intention … and make a lasting impact in the world.