Before you send that e-mail…
You do a bit of group travel, but can I travel alone on these trips?
What is unique about your group travel?
The fact that we never been to these places either: Our sense of curiosity and wanderlust are matched by your own. Therefore you’re signing up for our trips because you don’t want to be led around like cattle but rather you want to join other young travelers on a shared adventure together.
Our style of travel is ask what would you do if you were traveling alone, and then give you the option of being in the company of other like-minded travelers. That said, during the trip we devise loose itineraries for people who are bad at making up their minds, while leaving a lot of free time everyday for everyone to do our own thing. In addition, we also give a lot of room for spontaneous, last minute changes to the itinerary. Therefore, you’ll feel like you’re traveling alone, but you also just so happen to have the convenience of knowing some cool people (that’ll be us and your fellow monsooners) in the area in case you want someone to take your photo or to share a drink over the cool thing that you just saw. You get the best of both worlds.
You can take it to the next level as we still leave it up to you anytime whether you want to physically leave the group and do your own thing. Want to split off and create your own adventure? We allow that. Want to make a detour to a different city and meet up with us later? Done that too. In that scenario, our job for you is to do all the work nobody else wants to do: take care of all the necessary planning including transportation, visas, border crossings and accommodations, and make sure we all come back home safe and sound.
So although it looks like we lead big groups, you have 100% control of your trip, you have access to a good group of people if you’re feeling sociable, and you can do your own thing, anytime. Why not have the best of both worlds?
What are your groups like?
One of our mottos is “group travel for people who hate group travel.” These trips are always led and mostly attended by independent backpackers, who started off traveling alone and continue to appreciate the independence of solo travel. It’s just every now and then, we also enjoy being in good company of other backpackers who also have been around the world and understand a thing or two about travel.
What if I never traveled before/as much?
Those of us with more experience backpacking love to share our experiences with, and pass the baton onto the newly minted travelers who may have the right attitude and curiosity towards travel, but aren’t quite there yet.
A majority of our repeat travelers (aka “monsooners”) would count one of our trips as one of their firsts. Many still return years later to our trips — even now as seasoned, independent backpackers — as they may miss the company and nostalgia of their first monsoon trip (and I don’t blame them!).
Either way, we always get a good group together, and we rarely, if ever, disappoint.
What are the expenses?
We try to make all our trips anywhere from 1-4 weeks in length under $999 USD, all-inclusive of accommodations, food, visas, transportation, and border crossings no matter how many countries we visit, but exclusive of international flights. We also have an option that if you refer a handful of friends to join with you on the trip, we can make the trip almost (or completely) free for you.
Finally, significant discounts are always offered to return and repeat travelers and loyal monsooners.
Aren’t you a little scared of traveling to somewhere you’ve never been to before?
So have the 100+ others who’ve been around the world with me to Iran, North Korea, Antarctica, Kashmir, Cuba, Chernobyl, Pakistan, and many other countries. So is anyone who doesn’t want to lie on their deathbed one day and say “I could’ve lived a little more.”
And I definitely was scared 2 years ago when I found myself alone at night in a random train station in Cairo. But fear is part of the experience; you always have to start somewhere. And I’m going to echo one of co-monsooner’s previous entries: “the way you do one thing in life is the way you do everything.” Or as some famous inventor of a pretty popular computer/music player/cell phone once said, “stay foolish.”
Let’s entertain the possibility that you’ll skip out on a trip. Then watch us as we come back safe and sound, share our stories, talk about how our lives have changed (which they always do when you do a trip like ours) and show you all our photos. Whether or not you will realize it then, when you have your first child, when in your midlife crisis, or on your deathbed, you’re inevitably going to regret that you missed out on this epic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This could set the tone for the rest of your life.
Don’t let this happen. Starting slowly never works. Nobody ever learned how to ride a bike by reading about it. You have to get on the damn thing! Do you think that to skydive you first have to look it up on wikipedia, or learn to fall off a table? No. You simply jump. So those of you who want to travel, travel.
Imagine how easy traveling will seem to you after this. How much confidence you’ll gain in yourself. This could be the moment where you turn your life around and finally do something epic . The world won’t wait for you.
“Momentum comes from pushing, not from planning. Confidence comes from scars and risk, not from indecision.”
“Those that continue to experiment are rewarded with more experience. Those that think ‘I’m fine where I am” never do– their world stops growing, and they don’t truly understand why.'”
Feeling inspired? However, unlike most self-help sites out there, we’re going to give you the chance to test that inspiration right now. If you feel that bit of awakening stirring within you is the real deal, then drop your sh-t and travel with us. It’s the only way to know what you’re made of.
Will you meet up with me when your in or near my country?
Yes, if you’re in the area and not a creep, we’d love to meet up with you! Just let us know how.
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