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The WEND Philosophy and Experience
Being young and growing up in a variety of countries I would on occasion 'run away' to scope out the world around me.
Wanderlust, which started merely by moving to the top of a breadfruit tree in the front yard (I was four and it seemed a great adventure), became periods of roaming the world discovering other cultures and gathering information and experiences. My leadership skills were developed as a mountain guide and instructor in America and honed as an 'active-travel' guide internationally. I have spent 25 years in the travel industry with roles as trip leader, overseeing regional management and trip designing. I saw new approaches, changes and growth in the industry that helped shape WEND's philosophy. The importance of authentic experiences and cultural interaction is much more valuable than simply offering the packaged tour formula. A traveler's memories should be personal and at times intimate even when sharing travel with a group.
With WEND you can be assured that you will be introduced to the regional highlights and cultural nuances while actively exploring paths less traveled not offered by other tour operators.
Our trip leader and local guide accompanied trips
offer thorough introduction to historical, natural and cultural details while managing all the logistics for a full and rewarding active excursion.
Although you won't want for much on our professionally designed destinations, there is always enough flexibility to cater to your special interests or curiosity. If you decide to have us develop a private trip you become a partner of the process working closely with the trip designer. The pace, locations, accommodations and activity levels are discussed for incorporation into your personalized trip.
The WEND travel experience is rewarding and educational, fun and active. By being introduced to regional cultures and local activities you return home feeling you've been a participant rather than just an observer.
Whether we design a private trip for you or you accompany one of our scheduled departures, you'll appreciate the service and quality that is the WEND hallmark.
Founder and Managing Director
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I recently took the trip of a lifetime to SE Asia. The culture is amazing and thanks to Matt and his team, it all went without a hitch. The recommendations of where to visit and how long to stay were spot on.The guides are not only experts in history, they are people who love their culture and share it in a very personal way. I feel I did not miss a thing. WEND listens to what you want and makes it easy for you to enjoy it all.Thank you Matt, Wallace and Ambrose and crew for being the experts that made our trip great!
Joan San Francisco, CA
My wife and I are bike junkies and its the best way we've found to to explore a region and get some exersize at the same time.We loved the trips Matt designed and ran for a large company so much that we worked with him to design a a unique private trip in Bhutan. WEND really knows how to design and curate a trip and we are plotting more adventures with WEND for the upcoming year.
George and Niki Aspen, CO
My friend and I took a trip to Cambodia and Myanmar and used WEND's services for our entire 3 week journey. Each time we landed in a new location there were wonderful guides and private drivers to meet us.They escorted us to our hotel and and gave us amazing tours which were cultural, historical and fun. Matt helped plan not only the must-see sites but told us where the locals hang out and truly customized things for us based on our needs and interests.
Nancy San Francisco, CA
The WEND approach to enjoyable experiences and impeccable service:
Travel destinations are exciting and fascinating and, as often as they are unfamiliar, you don't want to spend valuable time trying to connect the dots.
We insure that your WEND trip experience is one of comfort and ease with logistics well in place that encompass the variety of cultural nuances you travel for.
You can trust that your health and well being, safety and enjoyment is paramount for every individual on every departure.
Food & Lodging
A good part of a fulfilling travel experience is often derived from the culinary and accommodation details of a trip. We arrange and cover most of the meals and locations for dining to capture the culture and quality a region has to offer.
The same consideration is given to accommodations, striving for the best an area has to offer
while also taking into account the local architectural and regional feel. The goal is to incorporate a unique lodging experience highlighting
comfort and quality.
Quality and Pricing
To insure that your travel experience is comfortable and memorable we design our trips with premier travel practices in mind.
Whatever level of activity, trip length or destination, our aim is to incorporate the highest standard of service in any environment.
Regardless of mode of travel, scope of activity or pricing category you can be confident that the value matches the experience.
All destinations offered as scheduled departures include accommodations, bikes (if applicable) most activities and meals. Also in the overall price is ground transportation and guiding services. Alcohol, incidentals like spa services and guiding gratuities is not included.
Every scheduled trip is accompanied by a trained Trip Leader and, depending on size of the group and region, may also have an additional local guide.
They not only manage the day to day logistics but offer informa-tion of cultural and social interest. The key to your support and care is derived from their trained leadership skills in a variety of environments and situations.
Our trip leaders not only ensure a safe, seamless and informed travel experience, they are an enjoyable travel companion every step of the way.
Enjoyable travel is often having the chance to share the experience with others; camaraderie
in activities and exploration. The opportunity to have individual time is also valued so we fashion our trips with that focus.
You'll never get the feeling you are being 'herded' and trip format flexibility allows for personal interests to be explored.
Most trips average eight to ten people and is capped at sixteen. Yet we are able to accommodate any group size with our private trip planning.