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 destination 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? Our South Africa: Ultimate Kruger & Cape Town Safari. From truly unforgettable wildlife encounters, to the amazing food and wine of Cape Town, to the spectacular setting of the Whale Coast, I was stunned by the beauty and diversity of South Africa. Ten years of travel throughout Africa has only fueled my enthusiasm for this incredible continent, and 24 hours after return from this latest journey, I am already daydreaming about my next.
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!" - D. Munro, Peru: The Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
Ashley Nesbitt, Destination Manager
Latest journey? I packed it all in in 2013: 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.
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.
"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
Deborah Tobey, Destination Manager
Latest Journey? Traveling to southeast Iceland where I spent days walking on glaciers, hiking through volcanic landsapes, and standing under magnificent 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, as well as vast expanses of unspoilt 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.
“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
Michelle Cournoyer, Destination Manager
Latest journey? Canoe camping in the Adirondacks with my husband and 5-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: the French Alps – anywhere amidst them. More specifically? Standing atop the Domes de Miages with Mont Blanc seemingly a stone’s throw away, surrounded 360 degrees by 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 serving pizza oozing with Roblechon cheese and potatoes over 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 flower!). She gracefully demonstrated the use of the ladle, rake, 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 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 1a.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, cuisine, and discovering everything the Julian Alps has to offer first-hand.
Robyn Anderson, Administrative Assistant
Latest journey? I recently skied the Haute Route from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland with some friends and family. Actually, Ashley Nesbitt, one of our destination managers here, was the one who made all the arrangements for the trip and she did an awesome job. It was a truly amazing experience! We had perfect weather, got in some great turns on some BIG mountains, saw an impressive avalanche, and finished up our trip by touring Hofbrauhaus (and a few others!) in Munich.
Favorite places? Stowe, Vermont is pretty awesome which is probably why I'm still in my hometown! I love skiing and running the green mountains of Vermont... but Scotland also has a very special place in my heart. The landscape there is starkly beautiful and welcoming at the same time, and it feels like a second home. Some of my all-time favorite hikes are: Ben Lomond, the Gap of Glencoe and a crazy long and beautiful tour in the Torridon area.
Favorite travel quote?
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain
Best travel experience? This is a difficult question...the Haute Route trip is probably the top of the list.
Where next? I'm headed to Norway to race in the Norwegian Birkebeiner ski marathon, and then I'm off to Chile to explore the mountains with a friend who lives there.
"Thank you, thank you for your most diligent efforts, meticulous attention to details, and most of all, patience with dozens of emails and calls, questions, and changes-of-mind. Jim and I are looking forward to a wonderful trip, knowing that everything is flawlessly planned. We appreciate all your efforts!"
- Alison Forbes, Botswana Private Adventure