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Explorer X is shaking up the travel industry! Below you will find a series of articles that feature Explorer X and talk about the art and science of Transformational Travel.
Jake Haupert is the co-founder of The Transformational Travel Council, creating change by empowering, guiding and supporting travelers in their pursuit of personal growth and global understanding. He is also the co-founder of Explorer X, a company that consciously-designs custom travel experiences that have the ability to impact the traveler from the inside-out. Tune in and hear how Jake approaches travel as a way to break down the walls within and between us.
Seeing the world “through new eyes” was the aim of a rigorously planned trip to Portugal, offered by a new breed of tour operator. It almost worked. Read our Explorer X reflection here!
little while ago, two disarmingly earnest men from Seattle asked me if I wanted to change my life.
Michael Bennett and Jake Haupert are the fortysomething co-founders of Explorer X and the Transformational Travel Council, which, as far as I could tell, made them some combination of spiritual gurus and travel agents. Their pitch for Explorer X was simple: What if, instead of picking a destination and getting my head all gummed up with preconceived ideas about that place, I just described the personal transformation I hoped to experience and let the two of them do the rest?
Jake Haupert is our guest today, and he’s here to talk about how you can use adventure travel and journeys that challenge you mentally and physically, to experience life-changing transformations and growth.
Jake is the co-founder of the Transformational Travel Council and Explorer X, and he specializes in creating unique trips and experiences that push you out of your comfort zone, and take you from simply being a passive tourist, to an explorer, fully immersed and engaged in the experience. A habit you’ll take with you when you get home.
I’m pulling into Sea-Tac Airport, passport in hand and packed for a 10-day international trip, and I have no idea where I’m going. Jake Haupert, co-owner of SoDo-based travel company Explorer X, goads me to guess as we corkscrew up the parking garage ramps, but even a peek at the departure airlines—JetBlue, Air Canada, Norwegian—doesn’t cough up any clues.
A map of the world, push-pinned into drywall; clocks that mark the times in Tokyo, Paris, and London; a cheesy poster of a family at the beach — this is the aesthetic usually associated with brick-and-mortar travel agencies. For those of us who grew up with Expedia, Kayak, Booking.com, and Hopper, the travel agency seems an anachronism — a vestige of unnecessary middleman services that were eliminated by the World Wide Web.
When you’re planning a vacation, you probably have a destination in mind: a nice beach, a new city, your favorite mountain. But what if you let a stranger decide where you go? A new Seattle company called Explorer-X is offering that experience, and might not tell you where you’re going until you arrive at the airport. Jake Haupert is a co-founder of Explorer-X; Allison Williams is a Seattle Met reporter who went on one of those trips.
“Experiential travel” became the travel trend of 2016. Rather than just visiting far-flung locations, vacationers were looking for ways to tap into native cultures, meaningfully interact with locals, and feel like far more than a tourist. So where does a thoughtful traveler go from there? What’s next?
At a time when nationalism, hate and intolerance seem to pervade headlines, Jake Haupert and Michael Bennett have never believed more in the transformative power of travel.
In the last couple of years, there’s been an increasing amount of buzz about something called “transformational travel.” Take last year's buzz about experiential travel and then take it deeper, to a place where you can return with a changed world view following self-reflection and interaction with a new culture and nature.
Where should you go in 2019? I spoke with 10 adventure travel companies about the trip they’re most excited about. They came back with a global cornucopia of trips designed for exploration and personal expansion.
KING 5's Jordan Steele sits down with Jake Haupert from Explorer X, a company based out of Seattle that helps create a transformational travel experience for people.
As the senior director of strategy and impact for the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Christina Beckmann was well aware of the growing demand for ever-deeper travel experiences — what some in the industry call transformational or transformative travel.
The ultimate getaway is one where you uncover personal insights and take your revelations and experiences home.“ When we leave our everyday environment, we remove the distractions and habits that are connected to it, and this makes us more open to new situations that have the potential to inspire transformation,” says Karina Stewart, a co-founder of Kamalaya Koh Samui, a luxury health resort in Thailand, and a master of traditional Chinese medicine.
How do you explain “adventure travel” to your clients? Or better yet, how do you know when your clients are actually looking for an “adventurous” trip? Guided by 2005 research from the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the industry was largely defining the niche as travel involving physical activity, culture and nature…
“Old ways don’t open new doors.” I whizzed past this sign, erected in front of a church, while traveling along a dusty road in San Marcos, Calif. It was almost too perfect: My destination was Golden Door, one of the country’s first and most storied wellness retreats, and I was looking for an omen of things to come.
Go beyond experiential travel to transformational travel with a lasting impact. In theory, we’ve always known that travel has the power to transform. On a true journey, the sights, personal interactions and chance to experience local culture can all come together to provide powerful experiences that can be life-changing.
George Harrison sang, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” But if your journey is one of self-discovery, Michael Bennett (MBA ’06, EdD ’13) would disagree.
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