A astonishing metamorphosis has taken place in the travel industry over the last 20 years. As the western world has increasingly gravitated toward a materialistic and prepackaged existence, the hunger for authentic experience has grown in equal proportion. Travel companies have prospered as our private worlds increasingly fill with responsibility, leaving our primary leisure time in front of a TV screen or computer monitor. Our need for a season of recreation far outside of the daily grind has become necessary for sanity in a world that never seems to slow down. Join these facts with a planet that is much more accessible today than 20 years ago, filled with expanded travel options and an increasing sense of responsibility to humanity and you have the birth of the adventure travel company.
Adventure travel companies broke the prepackaged tourist mode that has dominated travel tourism for the last 40 years. Most of these companies focus on remote and exotic areas that allow the participant to experience the culture rather than look at it through the bubble of a bus window. The participant becomes culturally engaged, physically challenged, and a learner rather than an observer. Reputable and excellent companies offering a wide variety of trips started to spring up like dandelions after the spring rain. Austin-Lehman Adventures, Backroads, and Overseas Adventures Travel are just a few of the fine establishments that you may find as you search for an adventure travel company.
But there is one looming downfall to the adventure travel craze: most trips are not designed for the common, everyday man or woman. Adventure travel companies are expensive. They aim for an audience with large amount of expendable income leaving most people without the opportunity of experiencing a truly culturally engaging experience. In our world of shaky economics, even the rich wonder what tomorrow holds and how expendable their income really is.
Ten years ago, we launched Wonder Voyage, an extraordinary non-profit organization dedicated to providing unique, heart-provoking service-based pilgrimages around the world. Today, thousands have joined these community-based voyages around the world. They have lived with indigenous tribes in the jungles of Nicaragua and traced the deep lines of history in the Croatian coasts. Building a school in a remote Costa Rican jungle in the morning and zip-lining 300 feet over the jungle in the afternoon. Discovering a megalithic passage tomb in Ireland or gutting houses in New Orleans post Katrina has become part and parcel of what Wonder Voyage is as an organization.
As the organization matured and expanded one question from individuals grew louder and louder every year: How can I experience a Wonder Voyage trip without joining a group? We have an answer! Introducing Boundless Expeditions, affordable explorative voyages where you are an invited guest into a world foreign to most. Holding to our non-profit roots, Boundless Expeditions will also allow you to share in the opportunity of becoming an agent of change, giving something back to the places you visit.