FEATURE

WHY TRAVEL TO
“HIGH RISK” COUNTRIES?

 

While Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and North Korea may not rank high on many people’s destination wish lists, they have shown us some of the most intimate, difficult, beautiful, challenging, and human experiences. Part of our mission is to work with people in politically isolated, post-war, and recovering regions to develop a new way through tourism. This includes more extreme security locations, but also places like Egypt, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Algeria, Iran, the Palestinian Territories and more that have travel advisories against them.

 
 
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WHY?

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.

 

GROUP TRIPS

Dates, itinerary or price don’t match?

 
 

CETACEAN CONNECTION

For 2019, we're launching a range of unique projects focused on better understanding and protecting cetacean species.

Want to swim with humpback whales in Tonga? How about with orcas in Arctic Norway during the Great Herring Run? Or sperm whales, humpbacks and dolphins in Mauritius? Join us and our expert team of free divers and documentarians for a life-changing experience under the seas.

 
 

UNDERWATER JOURNEYS

 
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WATCH

 

This short film follows freediver and wildlife photographer Karim Iliya on a journey to Islands of Vava'u, Tonga in the South Pacific. Each year, hundreds of southern humpback whales migrate from the cold, nutrient rich waters off Antarctica to the safe, warm shallows of Polynesia to give birth, raise their young, and mate. Karim takes us underwater into his world to document, promote and protect these incredibly sentient animals.


 

CETACEAN GALLERY

 
 

GROUP TRIPS

Get unstuck; open your mind; shift your perspective. Our group trips are designed to help you recognize your capacity to connect with others, wildlife, the planet, and yourself through genuine exploration.


UPCOMING ADVENTURES

 
 
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REMOTE FOCUS 

Our mission to work with local fixers and guides, renowned experts, and captivating storytellers to bring sustainable benefit to local communities in some of the most geographically, politically, and ecologically remote parts of our planet. At the same time we work hard to offer unique, authentic, and in-depth experiences to visitors. The economic, environmental, and social benefits of responsible, sustainable tourism go both ways, and we're here to play a part in its growth.

 

 
 
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FEATURE: PAKISTAN

Home to some of the world's highest mountains, including five of the world's fourteen 8,000+ meter peaks, Pakistan is a culturally diverse hikers paradise sandwiched between south and central Asia. Peace has returned to much of the country and it's now ripe for exploration. 

 

NEW LOCATIONS


TONGA

PAKISTAN

TAJIKISTAN 

XINJIANG (CHINA)

BOLIVIA

PERU

RUSSIA

NORTH KOREA

EGYPT

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES 

JORDAN


LOCAL TRAILBLAZERS

 
 
 

STORIES

Inspiring adventures and pointers to help unleash your inner explorer.

 

 
 

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