Boundless Journeys vs Discover Corps - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.3
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.3
Lodging — 4.3
Transportation — 4.3
Meals — 4.0
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.5
Guide — 4.5
Activities — 4.5
Lodging — 4.5
Transportation — 4.5
Meals — 4.5
5.0 January 2017
I went to Bhutan for a cultural and hiking experience and I got one! Our guides were AMAZING and shared their amazing, unique culture with us. They answered all our random questions, and gave us an incredibly insight into their world. The hikes were gorgeous, especially to Tiger's Nest and the Cheli La pass. We got to chat with monks at a Buddhist college and eat at a local farmhouse for lunch. The temples were incredible as well. Boundless was great to work with, they handled all the visa stuff and airfare into the country. I'd definitely take another trip with them. Ashley the person I was in contact with was friendly and since she'd been there, she could answer all my questions from first-hand experience. The food wasn't amazing, but you don't go to Bhutan for the food. But the lodging was definitely way better than I expected!Read more
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1.0 July 2016
Does Not Recommend
This was my 50th Birthday gift from my husband, to take my daughter and myself to do this trek. Our guide was a snobby, disrespectful still Sargent with no social graces. My cousin from Paris and his daughter, then about 8, met us for the pre departure hike and this horrible guide yelled at her! And it was on my daughters birthday, July 25th. I'll never forget. He ruined the trip. We made the best of it of course but he was just so awful and wouldn't allow us to have interaction with other people we met on the trail! I mean it was just the 3 of us in the trip so we are very social and wanted to meet and interact with others! He truly ruined the trip and in addition the accommodations were not great. It may have been ok if they had told us, but they didn't. One night we had no heat or hot water and had to share a bathroom with the entire floor of our hiking lodge. The company did NOT tell us about that in advance. We are allergic to the cold! This is a safety issue. Unbelievable. I would NOT recommend this trip with this company.Read more
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5.0 October 2016
Awesome! Highly recommend. Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our custom trip to Bhutan and Nepal...CULTURAL, HIKING AND TREKKING WAS THE PERFECT MIX FOR US. BOUNDLESS JOURNEYS YOU ROCK. (Would like to post some photos...where please?)Read more
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5.0 November 2018
Japan Cultural Odyssey
We really enjoyed our Discover Corps tour and can't wait to return to Japan. My wife and I took the Discover Corps cultural trip to Japan (Started in Tokyo-then a bullet train to Kyoto & more local trains to Osaka). The transportation system works well and no cars were ever needed. We were completely taken care of from booking and then thru the process. Adrienne did a great job of informing us of all the details-no planning required. Our guides in Japan, Aki and Miwa, were very knowledgeable local people & made sure we were having a unforgettable time! The cultural experience in Japan was terrific. Great mix of excitement; watching Sumo and participating in Kendo. The food was wonderful plus we were able to participate in sushi making!Read more
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5.0 July 2018
We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.Read more
5.0 July 2017
This trip was really superb, starting with the folks like Alex in the San Diego office to our tour guide in Havana, Orelvis (a perfect gentleman if there ever was one--and he seemed to know absolutely EVERYTHING about Havana), and our driver, Boris (who was an extremely safe driver, and the SUV that was our transportation was a practically new Honda), and our friendly hostess at the casa particular (B&B).Read more
But at breakfast at the casa particular, keep in mind the CDC guidelines for healthy travel: cook it, boil it, peel it (yourself) or FORGET IT. So the bowl of fruit and the fruit juices? Pass them up in favor of coffee and toast. I know that sounds boring, but after I got home, I ended up in the hospital emergency room for dehydration due to e-coli--my fault for not following the CDC guidelines.
Also, to get up to my room at the casa particular, I had to climb a narrow, curved marble staircase--I took extra care not to fall either on the way up or on the way down.
The activities and attractions were first rate (but you must keep in mind that you're on "Cuban time," and not everything runs like a Swiss train). From the Hemingway house to the canon ceremony (which I loved even though it was a substitution for another event that was unexpectedly closed) to the jazz club (again, we went to one jazz club that for some reason didn't work out, but no problem--Orelvis took us to another jazz club recommended by his supervisor in Havana) to the art museum to the Malecon to the outdoor terrace at the Hotel Nacional and more, it was amazing how much we saw of Havana in about 72 hours.
There were only four people on the trip, and that was both a good thing and a bad thing--good because each of us received a great deal of attention from Orelvis and bad because two of the four didn't want to follow the itinerary and often went off on their own and then kept the rest of us waiting for them to return (highly frustrating--finally Boris said, "the schedule is the schedule," and we stopped catering to them). One of them spoke fluent Spanish--good for her--but I did wish that Orelvis had curtailed the lengthy conversations that she initiated with him, which the rest of us could not understand.
Two of my favorite activities were ones that I arranged myself: attending the world-class ballet at the gorgeously restored el Gran Teatro and then taking a yellow 1950 Chevrolet convertible with an Italian driver, who was an absolute hoot, back to the casa particular.
And the food at the private restaurants known as paladars was first rate. We even had lunch at one that Anthony Bourdain recently featured on his CNN travel show "Parts Unknown."
Just a small word of caution: sometimes there wasn't enough bottled water in the SUV in which we were riding, especially when we were dropped off at the casa particular at night. Make sure that you have plenty of bottled water with you at all times. (The CDC even recommends that you brush your teeth with bottled water.)
I also wish I had brought another pair of shoes with me because with all of the walking in the heat of the Cuban sun, my feet swelled. Fortunately, I had brought some Band-Aids with me, which helped cushion the sore spots.
I highly recommend this trip--to my way of thinking, it's much better than taking a cruise ship that only docks in Havana for one or two nights--and the "Havana Weekend Getaway" is the most popular trip to Cuba that is offered by Discover Corps, as I learned from Orelvis.
|Tours||3 Trips||28 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 669||$ 399|
|Operator Type||Mixed Land & Cruise||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Stowe, Vermont, USA||San Diego, California|
|Solo Friendly||N/A||No single supplement|
Boundless Journeys is a small group adventure operator with 20+ years experience, located in Vermont, USA. They specialize in active trips all over the world, which feature activities such as trekking, rafting, safaris, or expedition cruises.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Many tour companies advertise their ‘small groups’ but Boundless Journeys’ are truly small - with an average group size of just 8-10 travelers. Employees of Boundless Journeys are constantly out ‘in the field’ researching new trips and working to create truly authentic experiences. They offer a wide variety of trips, focusing on multiple activities and destinations all over the world. Boundless Journeys has won multiple industry awards from Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Adventure.
Who Travels With Them?
Boundless Journeys tends to attract travelers who want to challenge themselves physically or culturally, but with a bit of comfort. Groups are a mix of couples, friends, families, and solo travelers. Boundless Journeys does not force a single supplement if you are traveling alone, but you may choose to have your own room if desired.
Where Do They Operate?
Boundless Journeys operates trips all over the world, including safaris in Africa, walking and trekking excursions throughout Europe, cultural adventures in Asia, and expedition cruising in Turkey and Ecuador. They also offer a substantial number of itineraries in their ‘private collections’ category, which can be of value if you already have a group of friends or family to travel with.
Why Travel with Them?
If you have always wanted to trek the Alps or hike the Inca Trail with a few extra added creature comforts, you might enjoy a trip with Boundless Journeys. On many trips, the trip guides arrange for your bags to meet you at the next destination, so you are free to enjoy while carrying only the basic necessities. Accommodations are always locally owned and authentic to the region (unless you are camping). Boundless Journeys also gives back philanthropically to the areas they visit and many of their past clients are involved with local non-profit projects around the world.
San Diego based tour company Discover Corps is a leader in the rapidly growing field of volunteer vacations. Operating since 2004, Discovery Corps trips average one to two weeks and focus on volunteering either with children and schools or with animals and wildlife conservation.
What Makes Discover Corps Stand Out?
They are focused on providing travel experiences with a wider humanitarian purpose - and help you put your tourism dollars to good use on the ground. The world of “voluntourism” is a sticky area, and has been met with some criticism over the years, so traveling with a reputable and transparent company has become super important.
With Discover Corps, volunteering, responsible tourism, and giving back to local communities is their entire brand - not just a buzzword on the “about us” page. So for those travelers who truly want to make their vacation about volunteering first and tourism second, Discover Corps is a great choice.
Discover Corps trips are all inclusive, and while volunteering is the primary focus, sightseeing and cultural activities are also included. Their trips are very popular among families, friend groups, and solo travelers.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Discover Corps?
These tours are best suited to travelers who want to have a humanitarian focus on their next trip. And if this idea is new to you, but you are interested in getting involved, Discover Corp is a great way to start.
The average age on a Discover Corps trip is 45-65 except in summer, when families with children as young as 10 are welcome on “family friendly” trips.
Wildlife lovers as well will love the opportunities available on Discover Corps Nature & Wildlife conservation tours. You’ll have a chance to get up close to some amazing species, learn about their habitats, and get to participate in various initiatives designed to protect these habitats.
Discover Corp travels around the world, in rural villages, beach locations, and rainforests. Popular destinations are primarily in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Discover Corps Travel Style
Their all-inclusive trips combine light volunteer projects with sightseeing and cultural immersion. They also offer support while you’re on site – from building classrooms to improving water systems to creating eco-friendly homes. The ideas come from the local communities themselves, and local staff plan everything in advance.
Why Choose a Tour With Discover Corps?
If you’re the kind of person who likes being actionable and getting involved with protecting threatened cultures, wildlife, and contributing to growing communities in need of schools and homes, then Discover Corps would be a great choice.
Volunteer vacations are one of the best ways to get to know the local people on a different level than many tour companies provide. Rather than simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, you’re out in the neighborhoods meeting everyday people.
“Traveling with a purpose” might seem like a thrown around phrase these days, but it is the entire philosophy around every Discovery Corps trips. So when you join one of their tours, you’ll be surrounded by guides and other travelers for whom this isn’t a buzzword - it’s an important and meaningful mission.