The Home Team
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.
Matt Holmes, Founder and President
If there is somewhere you want to go, chances are we've been there
Our staff has traveled extensively around the globe, scouting trails and waterways, finding the hidden gems of each destination – perhaps a seldom hiked trail in the Canadian Rockies, or a secluded camp spot with fabulous sunset views of the Sea of Cortez – and our greatest joy is using our first-hand knowledge to craft outstanding travel experiences for you.
We plan all the details of your trip
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 planning your next adventure. They possess a wealth of knowledge and are able to speak from personal experience to help you choose the perfect trip for you. From your first call, we take care of every detail of your vacation, from assisting with pre- or post-trip extensions and obtaining visas, to providing specific information about the many details involved in your journey. Simply choose a trip, and let us help you do the rest. Our travel experts look forward to providing you with an unforgettable experience!
Meet some of our team
Karen Cleary, PR & Marketing, Destination Manager
Latest journey? Researching our Kenya and Tanzania offerings. There is so much to see in these countries, and so many great camps in which to stay. I was able to find some real gems on my latest scouting mission to Africa, and I look forward to sharing them with our guests. Next up... Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt; researching our next epic hiking journey, to debut in 2014. Stay tuned!
Favorite places? Wherever I am at the moment; but if I had to pick a few standouts they'd be Peru, Botswana, 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!!!" 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 to get away from the little crowd at the dock. I found a secluded stretch of beach and went for a swim in the frigid 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.
"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!" - Diane Munro, Peru: The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Ashley Nesbitt, Destination Manager
Latest journey? It's been a bit of a whirlwind lately. I recently spent some time at a conference in Bhutan, trekked in Nepal, guided our first trip in Myanmar, and did tour research in Vietnam.
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.
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.
Favorite travel quote?
We shall never 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 Elliot
Where Next? I'm off to ski the Haute Route in the Alps with some family and friends for my vacation.
Deborah Tobey, Destination Manager
Latest Journey? Tour research along Italy's Amalfi Coast. Call it product research, as I make sure that the fine accommodations, food and wine are all up to standard for our guests. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
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? Being on the Spanish Steps in Rome when the Italians won the World Cup. Everyone was up on their feet dancing and singing. People were running through the streets. The energy was palpable.
Where next? Looking forward to developing a new trip for Boundless Journeys! Croatia and Colombia are on the top of my list. Let me know if you have suggestions.
“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; the walks were different every day and 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
Nina Fedrizzi, Office Manager and Operations Assistant
Latest Journey? Scuba diving for the first time in Grand Cayman. We were surrounded by huge turquoise parrotfish and the most amazing reefs—we even saw an octopus. I think I’m hooked!
Favorite places? Scotland is certainly one of them. There’s something about the incessant wind, that thick, early morning mist, and the crashing North Sea that even today makes Scotland feel completely wild and untamed.
Where next? Planning my honeymoon in Italy: a stopover in Tuscany and Siena, some horseback riding with the cowboys of Maremma, and then off to the Amalfi Coast for three-hour meals by the sea.
Favorite travel quote?
“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go!
Best travel experience? Hiking with my younger brother up to the little village of Ponte Arche in the Italian Alps, where our grandfather was born. It was a summer morning, and all you could see were the mountains and rolling vineyards for miles. We were hot and tired by the time we reached town, and most of the people were still sleeping, so we took a seat on the stone fountain outside the apartment where my grandfather grew up and splashed cold water on our faces. All I could think was that he must have done the very same thing when he was a boy.
"The trip was absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Dawa and Pema are both very special people and just could not have been nicer, more caring, or more professional. Every day, in every way, they were excellent! The itinerary was perfectly planned and executed. I can't wait for you to use me as a reference for future Boundless Journeys travelers – I will give you a glowing recommendation!"
- Kim Cox, Bhutan: A Journey Into the Peaceful Kingdom