Why do we do it? Is it for bragging rights? Rare passport stamps? Unique photography?
No. We organize travel to these destinations because we have an insatiable desire to learn from the experiences from others, no matter where they are from or where they are located. “High risk” locations— countries that have travel warnings against them— have a lot to teach us, and that by bringing people together to experience the realities of recent conflict, risk management, isolation, propaganda, and history, we can build greater understanding. These places do not need to only exist as headlines in the news, but rather, with a bit of expert planning, may be engaged personally.
The reality is, journalists are not the only people who can access these locations. Tourists can also share in investigative and interactive experiences in so-called ‘high risk” locations. Travel is not always about personal enjoyment, rather, we sometimes travel to learn about the darker sides of humanity, the realities and needs of others, and our own humility. We believe tourism has the potential to provide a foundation to relationship and trust building with these communities, as well as provide much needed economic resources for local people.
We work to carefully manage and operate trips in several stable regions within Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, North Korea, Egypt, Palestine, the DRC and more. Each country and region comes with their own inherent risks and on the ground situation; we work with some of the best and most well connected local experts on the ground to design trips and experiences that are both meaningful and secure.