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Here at Boundless Journeys, our expert home team combines a love for travel with an insider’s knowledge of off-the-beaten-path adventures. Our staff has traveled extensively around the globe, scouting trails and waterways, finding the hidden gems of each destination, and our greatest joy is crafting outstanding travel experiences for you. If there is somewhere you want to go, chances are we’ve been there!

When you call Boundless Journeys, you will reach a real person, not a machine. Our tour managers have a passion for adventure travel, and when not exploring new destinations, they love helping you choose the perfect trip and planning your next adventure.

From your first call, we take care of every detail of your vacation, whether it’s assisting with pre- or post-trip extensions and obtaining visas, to providing specific information about your trip. Simply choose a Boundless Journeys tour, and let us help you do the rest. Our travel experts look forward to providing you with an unforgettable journey!

Meet the Boundless Journeys Team:

"My Boundless Journeys trip exceeded my expectations in every way and I feel like a richer person for having experienced it. Thank you again for another life changing experience!"

- S. Grenier, Bhutan: Hiking in the Peaceful Kingdom

Matt Holmes

Founder and President

In a world that seems to change more quickly with each passing year, it is important to step outside our usual routine, to slow down, and to take time to remember what connects us all. We invite you to join us as we trek the paths of yak herders in Bhutan, paddle amid the sun-dappled islands of Palau, and discover the forgotten villages of Tuscany on foot. Our expert home team combines a love for travel with an insider’s knowledge of off-the-beaten-path experiences and a passion to share the best of the world with you.

"Working with Karen was an absolute delight. There was never a point nor issue that did not receive prompt and professional answers. Having traveled the world with many different tour companies, I have never had the ease of experience that I did with Boundless Journeys. Thank you, Karen, you made the trip planning fantastic!”

– D. Munro, Peru: The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Karen Cleary

Destination Manager

Areas of expertise: Africa (Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar).

Latest journey: Researching our Haute Route hiking trip from Chamonix to Zermatt. To sum it up in one word: epic! There is nowhere else that I’ve been with such incredibly satisfying hiking trails, topped off with delicious, well-earned meals in cozy alpine hotels.

Favorite places: Wherever I am at the moment; but if I had to pick a few standouts they’d be PeruBotswana, Tanzania, and Ireland. And Kauai…mmm.

Favorite travel quote: “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming—wow, what a ride!” — Hunter S. Thompson. Words to live by!

Best travel experience: I’ve been so lucky to be able to see places many people only dream of. But it’s not the famous places that I remember so much as the little experiences along the way. Waiting for the ferry to leave Great Blasket Island off the coast of Ireland, I decided to take advantage of the time. I found a secluded stretch of beach and went for a swim in the Atlantic just as it was starting to rain.

Nobody ever talks about the colors of the north Atlantic, but it’s the most beautiful, translucent aquamarine color. There have been other memorable times, and some that are certainly more impressive to talk about, but that day has stuck with me…the perfect water, the solitude, and that totally alive feeling.

“Ashley did a great job planning our trip. We contacted Boundless Journeys and at least 20 other companies. Ashley was the most responsive and helpful of all the people we initially contacted and she is the primary reason we went with Boundless Journeys.”
– A. Cain, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and India Custom Journey

Ashley Nesbitt

Destination Manager

Areas of expertise: Asia (Bhutan, Nepal, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, India), and New Zealand.

Latest journey: I packed it all in in 2013 with an epic journey skiing the Haute Route, traversing the high Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt with family and friends, traveling with a Boundless Journeys group to Myanmar and doing some trip research in Vietnam, and biking and hiking in Newfoundland for my honeymoon. Since then, I’ve embraced my newest adventure of becoming a mom, and look forward to sharing the world’s incredible destinations with my daughter in the years to come!

Favorite places: The Himalayas. That first view of the world’s highest mountains is something I’ll never forget. Trekking from village to village and experiencing the unique Himalayan culture is a journey I could go back for over and over again.

Favorite travel quote:
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring,
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

– T.S. Eliot

Best travel experience: Moving with a nomadic group from their winter to their summer grounds, on the high Tibetan plateau. Departing at dawn by horseback with herds of yak, sheep, and goats as the Himalayas turned pink from the rising sun. Sleeping in a yak wool tent, sipping butter tea, and shearing pashmina goats.

Where next: I’m off to ski the Haute Route in the Alps with some family and friends for my vacation.

“Many thanks to Deborah and our guide Alessandro for an absolutely wonderful trip! It was beyond our expectations and our wildest dreams! The tour was well structured and organized, and the walks were different every day—each one was more beautiful than the other! The hotels, food, wines, etc., were all extremely well chosen and of the highest quality.

In summary it was one of the most memorable and precious adventures and journeys we have ever had, and we will treasure it for the rest of our lives! Thank you for your help and for giving us this incredible opportunity…really, we can’t thank you enough!”
– Miriam W., Italy: A Taste of Tuscany & Umbria

Deborah Tobey

Destination Manager

Areas of expertise: Europe (Iceland, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Turkey), Ecuador, and Costa Rica.

Latest journey: Traveling to southeast Iceland where I spent days walking on glaciers, hiking through volcanic landscapes, and standing under waterfalls…followed by visits to natural hot springs. To me, the beauty of Iceland is in the great contrast of lava and ice, long dark winters and summers lit by the midnight sun, and vast expanses of unspoiled nature lying at the doorstep of the highly modern city of Reykjavik.

Favorite places: Rome, Italy—a museum with no walls or ceiling…and that gelato!

Favorite travel quote: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Best travel experience: Sicily! Perhaps because it is an island, or perhaps because Sicilians consider themselves impregnable to outsiders, Sicily is an experience unlike any other I have had in Italy. From flamboyant cathedrals, to immense Greek temples, to ancient lava flows, and sweet pastries, the past is present in the smallest details.

As J.W. Goethe wrote in Journey to Italy, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to have not seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

Where next: Looking forward to developing a new trip for Boundless Journeys! Greece is at the top of my list, but let me know if you have suggestions.

“We are all still talking about our wonderful time on the Tour du Mont Blanc, and are all wondering how the next trip will compare! We are thrilled to have found and connected with Boundless Journeys and look forward to seeking your help in choosing the next adventure.”
- Sharon W., Tour du Mont Blanc

Michelle Cournoyer

Destination Manager

Areas of expertise: The Alps, Scotland, Slovenia, Peru, Palau.

Latest journey: Canoe camping in the Adirondacks with my husband and five-year-old daughter. Some of the most beautiful places are in our backyards. We enjoyed the simplicity of a lakeside campsite, s’mores by sunset, star-studded nighttime sky, sleeping to loon calls, a morning wake-up dip, building fairy houses, and trees ablaze with prime fall foliage everywhere.

Favorite places: I’m a bit biased as a Francophile and mountain lover, so the French Alps—anywhere amidst them. More specifically? Standing atop the Domes de Miages with Mont Blanc seemingly a stone’s throw away, surrounded by 360 degrees of incredible mountain beauty—glaciers below, blue sky above, granite peaks, snow underfoot, silence and stillness, save a slight whisk of wind.

The café in Contamines Montjoie (where we enjoyed pizza oozing with Roblechon cheese and potatoes with a glass of French wine afterwards) was quite a nice place, too!

Favorite travel quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

Best travel experience: My visit with a very inspiring woman in Brittany, France years ago. Her 85-year-old friend taught me how to make galettes of buckwheat flour and water (not be confused with crepes made with milk and white flour!). She gracefully demonstrated the use of the ladle, rake, and long skinny spatula and made a perfect product each time. Mine? They looked more like a Rorschach test—or maybe that was due to her homemade cider she kept serving me.

We then proceeded to a traditional Fez Noz dance, which started at about 10:00 p.m. With what seemed to be with everyone’s kids, parents, and grandparents from town, we danced in circles linked by pinkies around two musicians sitting in back-to-back chairs, playing what resembled oboes as loud as bagpipes. We left at 1:00 a.m., long before the dance was over!

Where next: Slovenia—It’s time to explore some new Alps. I’ve been intrigued by Slovenia for years and look forward to experiencing Slovenian culture and cuisine and discovering everything the Julian Alps has to offer first-hand.

“Thanks for all of your help. I have never worked with a more professional and competent agent for any trip in my life. You are the gold standard. I appreciate everything you’ve done for us.”

-Dianne M., Peru Custom Tour

Kristen Bernarsky

Guest Services Coordinator

Latest journey: Iceland! It’s become a popular travel destination recently and now I completely understand why—the beauty of this country is astounding! One moment we were driving along past rocky, lunar landscapes, and the next we were surrounded by lush, green fields dotted with grazing sheep which were completely unfazed by the imposing mountains and waterfalls that served as the backdrop to their pasture. There was so much to explore with the black sand beaches, geysers, and glaciers. And there was plenty of time to explore with 20+ hours of daylight during our summertime visit.

Favorite places: Australia will always hold a special place in my heart as my original travel destination obsession and my very first trip overseas. It was truly a dream come true to spend several months in tropical northeast Queensland with its endless beaches to explore and exotic wildlife to encounter (or walk briskly away from in the case of some snakes and spiders). I love the Australian people with their “no worries” attitude and easy-going sense of humor.

Favorite travel quote: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Anonymous

Best travel experience: Taiwan! It was the wonderfully welcoming and laid-back Taiwanese people who shared their beautiful island with me that really awards this travel experience into a “best” travel experience. Memories of night markets, the smell of stinky tofu, elaborately decorated temples with their distinct smell of burning incense, hiking Xueshan Mountain, and driving a scooter through the winding Taroko Gorge National Park make up my fondest Taiwanese memories.

Best souvenir: My dog, Modi.

Where next: I’ll be packing my snorkel and fins for Palau in November! Then, back to that fascinating country of Iceland to get married! But after that, the next travel destination on my list is the country where my great-grandparents immigrated from—Poland!

"My encounters with everyone associated with Boundless Journeys, from start to finish, have been, without exception, pleasant and free of frustration. That's rare enough to be astonishing!”
-Julie D., Iceland: Hiking the Land of Fire and Ice

Katya d'Angelo

Marketing Associate

Latest journey: I had a thrilling time on our Tour du Mont Blanc adventure. Each day brought new, spectacular views, I learned a lot about the geology and culture of the area, and I ate my weight in cheese…

Best travel experience: Too many to name, but two stand out – watching a Mexico/Honduras soccer match in an Honduran bar and celebrating with the whole village when Honduras won; wandering into a Christmas market in a small Venetian piazza where I found live music and someone handing out free cups of wine!

Favorite place: Italy, where I have family and friends and speak the language. But I find new favorite places every time I travel…

Favorite travel quote: “…a tourist visits all the big sights, sees spectacles on stage, and returns home unchanged, with a suitcase full of knickknacks. A traveler becomes a temporary local, engages with the culture, and comes home enriched, with a vivid collection of experiences and a broader perspective.” – Rick Steves

Where next: Hiking in Bhutan and visiting temples in Laos with Boundless Journeys in November!

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