We believe that by traveling in a deeper, more engaged, and more purposeful way, travel can open our eyes to new ways of seeing, being, and living …
… That travel, at its roots, is about exploration — of other people, places, and cultures but also of the hidden and unknown parts of our own hearts and souls … 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 that travel has the power to make a lasting impact in our relationships, our communities, and the world.
9 Reasons to Travel with Explorer X
At Explorer X, we whole-heartedly believe in the transformational power of travel, which is why we make sure that we include as many — if not all — of the following elements into our Adventures. Collectively, they not only make for a superior travel experience, but a more transformational one, as well!
Collaborative Travel Design
Our collaborative travel design process allows you to work hand-in-hand with a Travel Mentor as together you craft a life-changing travel experience. Along the way, you'll be invited to play an active role in the design of your itinerary and will be in constant communication with your Travel Mentor.
After you and your Travel Mentor have sketched out your perfect adventure, they'll get to work handcrafting your Journey. Our Travel Mentors work closely with trusted local accommodation providers, guides, and tour operators to ensure the perfect mixture of some of the classic experiences of each destination as well as a few secret, off-the-beaten-path adventures that most other travelers never get to experience!
Find Your Inner Explorer
In addition to helping build the perfect travel experience for you, your Travel Mentor will also guide and support you in 'Finding Your Inner Explorer' and making the most of your travel experience by engaging with you in a series of powerful conversations before, during, and after your Journey.
Challenging Physical Adventures
We include physical adventures on almost all of our programs as a way to challenge you, push you beyond your comfort zones, allow you to see what you are truly capable of, open up channels of creativity, and of course have some fun while trying new activities.
Immersive Cultural Experiences
Travel and adventure are as much about culture as they are about physical activities, so we do our best to create opportunities for guests to experience the local culture in an authentic and meaningful way through cooking classes, home stays, meetings with local historians, and attending local spiritual ceremonies.
Time to Relax & Recharge
Going on adventures and experiencing new people and cultures with the group is great ... but so it having free time to explore on your own, enjoy a message or a spa treatment, read a book, or take a nap! As much as possible, we try to leave a few hours every day for you to do your own thing, whatever that may be.
Healthy & Delicious Foods
Food nourishes the body just as the conversations we have on our adventures nourish the soul! On all of our programs, we do our best to offer the highest quality locally-sourced food, which helps to keep costs down, nutrition and taste up, and helps support local farmers and food producers.
Local Hotels & Tour Operators
We do our best to work with locally-owned and operated hotels and with local guides and/or tour operators as much as possible. Not only do they tend to offer better service and have more local knowledge, but doing so helps contribute to the local economy by keeping money in that destination, all of which are core parts of ...
We do our best on every trip to minimize the impact our adventures have on both the local environment and the culture of the peoples and places we visit, while at the same time doing our best to ensure that we contribute to the local economy.
Interested in our Small Group Journeys? We are proud to offer you:
We intentionally keep our group sizes to between 4—8 people in order to maintain the intimacy of the group and to make sure that everyone has opportunities to speak and share their thoughts and ideas without competing to be heard or fighting for 'air time.' Small groups also tend to foster deeper friendships and allow us maximum flexibility with our schedule.
Inspirational Group Discussions
Led by your Program Leader, you'll have time every day to share your experiences with the group, talk about what you learned, and explore how you can apply those lessons and new perspectives to your life. These casual and light-hearted yet powerful conversations are at the heart of the travel experience!