WLKH #6: Adventure Travel to Feed Your Beast, Beingness, and Brotherhood – With Jake Haupert

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.

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Would You Let Strangers Send You Anywhere in the World?

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. 

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How travel agencies avoided extinction and became a luxury service

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.

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Take an adventure with no clear destination

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.

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Transformed by Travel: Transformational Travel Takes Off

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.

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10 Best New Adventures for 2019

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.

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How to Use Travel to Spark a Personal Breakthrough

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.

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Introducing the 'New' Adventure Traveler

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…

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A Guide to Transformational Travel

“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.

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Transformational Travel

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. 

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The Adventure Venture

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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