I wanted friends and family to experience the same excitement and wonder that I enjoyed while living and working in such fascinating places as Ecuador, Peru, and Russia, and friends and family wanted authentic travel experiences. They didn't, however, want to go at it on their own. So I used my own experiences and lots of help from friends in Ecuador and Peru to create a travel company that offers everyone the chance to discover the culture and places that I love. It's an honor to be part of a community of such discerning travelers and to be part of planning their most perfect adventures.My Travel Stories
Since starting at Adventure Life in 2003, I have had great opportunities traveling to destinations in Central and South America as well as Antarctica. People will often ask me which of my trips has been my favorite or the best, and it is certainly hard to decide. It is hard to compare hiking on Inca ruins with our great guides in Peru with floating in the Antarctic waters on a zodiac while a minke whale playfully pushes us along. Every experience brings a chance to learn, reflect, and most importantly, have fun. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for travel and especially like hearing from our guests when they return from their own adventures.My Travel Stories
I joined the Adventure Life team in 2002. I have always been fascinated with the world community and had an unwavering desire to learn about other cultures. Throughout my life I have traveled halfway around the world including several trips to Western Europe. I moved to Missoula from Mankato, MN with my wife and daughter after earning BFA's in graphic design and ceramics. Being part of Adventure Life allows me to remain politically, environmentally and culturally aware and to educate others. I also like pizza.My Travel Stories
I've spent the majority of my life in Missoula, Montana and after starting work with Adventure Life in 2015 I am finally able to begin my international adventures. I've been able to explore the beauty of Western Montana for the last couple decades and am happy to begin to expand my horizons to see what the rest of the world has to offer. I have always had an affinity and curiosity for technology. Working as a web developer at Adventure Life keeps me constantly challenged and gives me the opportunity to grow and develop my skills while allowing me to maintain a happy life with friends, family and our wonderful community.My Travel Story
As a Pacific Northwest native I was raised to love playing in the mountains. I now enjoy living near Glacier National Park and learning how to master the adventure called "motherhood". I hold an innate love for Latin Culture, particularly Central America, and now love to develop amazing experiences in other cultures around the globe.My Travel Stories
Growing up in the beauty of Montana, I have always been on the lookout for an adventure. Whether it is hiking my favorite trail, skiing at our local mountain, playing volleyball with my friends, or floating along one of Montana's beautiful rivers, I love to get out there and enjoy what our world has to offer. Working for Adventure Life fits right in with my lifestyle. I have had the amazing opportunities to bike in the Galapagos, climb a volcano in Guatemala, kayak in Antarctica and snorkel in Belize, just to name a few. Next on the list? Trekking in Peru!My Travel Stories
Born and raised in Nashville, making beautiful Montana home has been a true adventure and a great opportunity to introduce chocolate gravy & biscuits and the word "y'all" to the West! Things I love: good music, eating ice cream with my husband, discovering the world through the eyes of our 2-year-old, snowshoeing, visiting National Parks, and trying new foods/restaurants. I discovered my appreciation of different cultures through multiple family trips to sample street food, bargain at markets, and visit mountain tribe villages in amazing Thailand. My love of travel has also been inspired by visiting the Great Wall in China, people-watching in Paris, snorkeling in the Bahamas, exploring Mayan ruins in Belize & Guatemala, rafting the Pacuare in Costa Rica, hiking glaciers in Norway, and searching for the ultimate tapas bar in Spain!My Travel Stories
My passion for travel began in college while studying abroad in Spain, Scotland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. Upon graduation, I became a resettlement counselor in Seattle for refugees arriving from around the globe. I enjoyed the relationships made while learning to cook spicy Ethiopian foods, experiencing the art of Somali henna, and occasionally joining in a Liberian dance party. Now at Adventure Life, my desire lives on to help others experience new cultures for themselves and learn about the adventures awaiting in a foreign country. When I'm not working, I like getting out to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, zumba, and cooking new ethnic dishes!My Travel Stories
I'm a Missoula native who has been with Adventure Life almost from the beginning. With its family friendly policies and adventure- minded staff, Adventure Life is the perfect fit for me. I love to travel, especially on multisport trips such as the breathtaking Class V Futaleufu whitewater adventure. I also enjoy spending time with my fantastic family on outdoor adventures around Montana. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. As a Watson Fellow, Presidential Scholar and mom, I hope to instill a passion for international travel and global consciousness in my four kids. They've started their travels early with special trips one on one with mom, accompanying me to the Galapagos, Ecuador, Belize, Panama, Germany, the UK, Costa Rica, Baja, Guatemala, Argentina, the Arctic and the Antarctic. I hope that is only the beginning!My Travel Stories
Growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the waters of Puget Sound, I developed a passion for exploring wild places. This ultimately led me to the University of Montana in Missoula, where I studied forestry and recreation as an undergrad. Most of my free time is spent skiing, rafting, hiking, and fly-fishing - always in pursuit of a new trail or unexplored section of river. I spent two years developing tourism programs as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and later earned a graduate degree in Ecotourism. My extensive travels throughout Latin America have ignited a strong passion for indigenous cultures and adventure travel. My travels with Adventure Life have taken me to Peru, Ecuador, Antarctica, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile, Lapland, the Canadian Arctic and most recently a trekking trip through the Cordillera Huayhuash in Peru. Who knows where I will end up next?My Travel Stories
Growing up in the Midwest, my parents were great at making sure life was full of adventure. Whether it was a hike through the dunes or a road trip to the National Asparagus Festival, they instilled a sense of curiosity and need for exploration in me at an early age. My first big journey into the “unknown” was heading to Orlando to work as a Disney princess in college, which was quickly followed by semesters abroad in Australia and then Ireland with weekends country-hopping throughout Europe. After college, I worked for the Missoula Children’s Theatre. I married my tour partner and we spent 6 years traveling the world bringing theater to children in areas such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Anjung-Ri, South Korea. In 2011, I left my nomadic days behind me and joined Adventure Life. When not planning trips, I love to pass along the love of adventure to my children as we explore the great Montana wilderness with our giant dog!My Travel Stories
I remember that moment of hesitation during the summer after sophomore year in college. I was at a non-descript campsite in the middle of the Plains states, on my way for a summer job in the Rockies. I was momentarily unsure about leaving the comforts of home and friends in Ohio, and considered turning around during that lonely night on the Plains. I did make it to the Rockies, fell in love with the mountains and quickly gained an itch for further travel. I have been lucky enough to find a partner and best friend who has that same itch for travel and love for the mountains. Together we’ve lived in and traveled to some pretty amazing places – Iceland, Antarctica, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Nepal… I like putting my own travel experiences to work in connecting other travelers with the next great place on their ever-growing list of destinations.My Travel Stories
There is no shortage of adventure when you grow up in the heart of the Cascades; a mountain to climb, a river to float, a forest to wander. As for the rest of the world, I didn't give it much thought. That is until I did a study abroad in England my sophomore year in college. Suddenly I realized I had some serious ground to cover! From there I traveled to Peru, Japan, Singapore, Guam and over 30 US states while on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre. There is nothing more satisfying than finding that super secret spot while traveling; that tucked away waterfall in Tokyo or that Thai place with the magic soup in London. I can't wait to find the next one. Where ever I go next I'll remain an avid backpacker, theatre enthusiast and dark roast coffee drinker.My Travel Stories
I grew up on the same street in rural Pennsylvania until I was 18, but experiencing different cultures was always a priority for my family. As a student at the University of Richmond, I jumped at the opportunities to study abroad in Chile, Argentina, and Peru, staying with host families and soaking up as much of my surroundings as possible. I remained in Virginia after college to work with a medical non-profit organization, coordinating pediatric surgery trips to many countries in Central America and the Caribbean. My love for travel continued to grow as I experienced these new cultures and introduced them to others! Now I find myself in beautiful Missoula, Montana, and when I'm not camping, skiing, or floating down a pristine river, you'll find me brushing up on my Spanish and plotting my next adventure!
When I crawled into my bed after my first trip abroad, I immediately imagined myself back in South East Asia. I could still hear the sounds of temple bells. I could see the smiling shop keepers waiting with their offerings for local monks. I could smell the curries, meats, and sweets steaming in the air. I was eighteen years old and was lovesick. Since that moment, my life has been motivated by international travel and culture. I have spent much of my adulthood returning to South and Southeast Asia and have the rest of the world left to explore! Living in Missoula, Montana, I keep the motivation alive by sharing with you, the humbling experiences of travel!
In early college, I was gifted with the travel bug when I was invited to join a small archeology trip to New Zealand, Australia, & Fiji. My eyes were opened to the beauty of the little things in life and the joys of living simply. My favorite memory of seeing the stars of the Southern Hemisphere for the first time will always hold a special place in my heart; right next to my excitement for all the future travel moments I have yet to experience.
I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures: the language, the food, the art, the music. After studying Foreign Languages & Literature in university, I spent the better part of the next few years abroad. I taught English as a Foreign Language in Peru and South Korea followed by extended backpacking trips throughout Southeast Asia and Central America as well as some shorter trips to Ireland, Iceland, and Italy. After a few years at home in Delaware, my love for the mountains has brought me to Montana and Adventure Life. I’m excited to experience all that Montana has to offer while I plan my next international adventure!
I grew up inspired by foreign cultures, listening to stories of my Grandfather exploring the world as a navigator for the Dutch Navy. The sweet smell of crates full of fresh oranges from the Spanish coast, and tales of fighting mosquito warfare in Indonesia opened my eyes to the world beyond my small town in Vermont. In college, I was lucky enough to spend a semester studying in Finland, where I enjoyed the classic sauna experience, biking in frigid winter weather, and foraging for delicious mushrooms on the weekends. Since then, I have traveled throughout the Nordic and Baltic countries, as well as Russia, Nepal, Spain and Germany. My trips often involve trekking, investigating local cuisines, whitewater rafting and historical tours. After many years working as a wilderness ranger for the National Park Service and studying public land management, I am excited to plant roots in Missoula and help others create transformative trips around the globe!
While I will forever be a Mainer at heart with a fondness for flannel and a brisk salty breeze in my face, I have been fortunate enough to live a life on the go. I have studied and lived in New Zealand, worked in the wilds of Alaska, experienced 24-hour daylight while trekking in the Norwegian arctic, spent time rock climbing in Thailand and took 5 months to backpack through Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Life has brought me countless experiences and memories in incredible places on 5 of the 7 continents and an ambition to keep exploring the world. I continue to enjoy planning travel for myself, my family and for anyone who has the desire to experience the magic of foreign lands.
What I love most about traveling are the sights, sounds, flavors, and more that I would have never come across in my day-to-day life. Each new trip is a chance to learn more about the world and about myself. I’ve spent time in Central America, Western Europe, and China, am thrilled to continue my discoveries as a member of the Adventure Life team. Originally from Upstate New York, I also have a passion for my hometown sports teams – Go Orange! – I am pursuing my Sommelier certification, and love to spend time as much time in the mountains of Montana with my pup Hugo as I can between trips.
I was born and raised in the mountains of Western Montana and as a child would pore over National Geographic, marveling at the exotic places inside. When I got a chance for a short trip to New Zealand, I jumped at the opportunity. That six-week trip turned into a year of travels and I’ve never looked back! To date, I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 37 countries on 6 continents. Whether bushwhacking the jungles of Central America, contemplating the history of South East Asian temples, or hiking trails in the Andes, I still get a thrill from visiting new cultures and climates. Montana will always be home, but I look forward to exploring even more of the world and feel honored to be using my experience to help other travelers fulfill their dreams of adventure!
Raised in the foothills of the Mission Mountains, I have always been addicted to the outdoors. As a little girl, I spent my time exploring the acres of forest that surrounded my house. I grew up hiking through Glacier National Park with my family and spending time on Flathead Lake. My first adventure was to Brazil when I was 10 years old and is easily my favorite trip. From there, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe to France, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. I've built houses two different times in Mexico and have discovered parts of Canada. My recent travels have taken me to the Caribbean coast and rainforests of beautiful Costa Rica in September of 2016 and an amazing trip with my husband to Patagonia. Most recently, in March 2018, I was lucky enough to explore Buenos Aires and then take a voyage to Antarctica. I am excited for my future adventures and to continue to explore the world. In the meantime, I love everything I get to experience in and around Missoula; camping or backpacking with my husband and dog, floating the river, hiking trails, and photographing everything along the way.My Travel Stories
Growing up on the west coast I was exposed to a melting pot of cultures at a young age. Whether it was dinner in Japantown or taking a stroll in Little Italy, I always secretly wished I could be experiencing the real thing. It didn’t take long for my fascinations to kick in and for me to accrue a large bucket list of places I want to visit. In college, I was fortunate enough to visit Europe and after that first trip, I was officially hooked on travel. When I’m not day dreaming of places I’ve yet to visit, you can find me hiking, competing in mud runs, in the kitchen cooking sweets, or taking photographs of the beautiful place I call home.My Travel Stories
I grew up in northern Minnesota spending every summer going to camp, soaking up the sun at the lake and fighting off mosquitoes. My first travel experience happened in 7th grade with a family trip to Florida, complete with matching shirts. After that I knew there was a lot more of the world I wanted to see. Over my high school and college careers I was able to sing in a choir at Carnegie Hall in New York City, plant trees in Rio Chico, Mexico, road trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado and honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta. Next on my list is multisport trip in Thailand! After graduating from college I got married and my husband and I decided to start our lives together in Montana. Since moving here I spend my time hiking, playing volleyball, learning how to hunt and fly fish, and dreaming of owning a dog.
An East Coast girl, missing her Maryland blue crabs, my newest adventure has brought me to the mountains of Montana, and I'm loving every minute. I've spent most of my life focused on travel and adventure; from being born in Germany, to family cruises to the Caribbean, working as an archaeologist in Italy, chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland and running the Great Wall Marathon in China. While it might take some time, I'm on my way to run a marathon on every continent (among many other adventures) - up next is Antarctica!
Attending college in San Diego was the best decision I have ever made. Nearly everyone at my university studied abroad at some point during their college career. I did not want to miss all the fun, so I chose to study in Madrid, Spain for a semester. During my semester abroad I was able to brush up on my Spanish, cheer on Real Madrid, watch a gorgeous sunset at the Eiffel Tower, and ride a camel in Morocco. It was an incredible 4 months. And thus, my thirst for travel was born. When I’m not helping others plan the trip of a lifetime I’m probably watching the NBA, riding my bike, or dreaming of my next vacation!
I knew I made a good decision when I was lying in my sleeping bag in the American Southwest and could hear the coyotes howling in the distance. I had committed to spending three months in the wilderness and knew that I would never be the same. I was going to be in the wild, immersed in cultures I had yet to experience, and make decisions that would have an immediate impact on my life and those around me. Since then, I have continued to make decisions that have placed me right on the edge of fear and control, leaving me with just enough nervousness in my belly to know that I am making a good, courageous choice. I have joined the team at Adventure Life to help other people find that balance and know that they have good people backing them.
Raised to guide raft trips on the wild rivers of Montana and surf the south shore swells of Oahu, my passion for the outdoors and adventure started at an early age. I was lucky enough to have a father who owned a whitewater rafting company and a mother who was born and raised in Hawaii. Living this unique life style with my family ignited my curiosity for travel and culture. Whether I am hiking a new trail, reading water on a foreign river, waiting for the next set of waves, or planning my next trip abroad, I know that I have barely scratched the surface of what a place and its people have to offer. I love working with fellow travelers and helping them connect with new cultures and experiences. Having no destination, we are never lost so let’s take the road less traveled.
I began crossing borders at an early age and have been filled to the brim with wanderlust ever since. My travels have seen me weave my way across Europe, study abroad in New Zealand, trek through South America, kayak Antarctica's icy waters and sail the high Arctic seas. A Montana girl at heart, however, my roots always manage to pull me home where I spend the majority of my days hiking nearby mountain ranges or kayaking Montana's many rivers. My winter hours are typically spent snowshoeing in Idaho or writing America's next great novel.My Travel Stories
Malaysia is a true polyglot country and is the root of my love of language and culture. I spoke Mandarin with one side of my family, Malaysian with the other, voraciously watched Hindi movies, and everything official was in English. As a teenager, I traveled through Thailand, China, and Japan before moving to Europe where I split the next twelve years of my life in Sweden and Germany - Ja, ich spreche Deutsch und Schwedisch!. Since falling love with my gypsy husband, I’ve also fallen in love with Montana’s outdoor lifestyle. Now, I’m delighted to share my experience with others as Adventure Life introduces to travelers to my two homes of Europe and Asia.My Travel Stories
Growing up in the lakes and forests of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, I spent more time outside than in. Being surrounded by natural beauty helped inspire my love of writing and my eventual decision to move to Missoula, Montana to complete a degree in English Literature. During that time, I was lucky enough to join a year-long study abroad program that took me to the coast of Wales, where I could wander romantic Britain, devour novels and books of poetry, and meet some unforgettable people along the way. Now a part of the Adventure Life team, I'm excited to see what new paths I get to travel and find new beautiful places to explore.
I was bitten by the travel bug early on in life, when my mother took the opportunity to cart my brother and myself off to live in Wales. Living in Wales for the better part of the 5th grade, I was hooked after being exposed to the concept of “Study Abroad.” Later spending my college years in Belize, Peru, Japan, Mongolia, and Guatemala, my Missoula roots eventually pulled me home so I could pursue my other life passions: horses, fly-fishing, and hunting. I treasure the unique opportunity to work and play in a small community with such globally minded individuals, but when I’m not working, you can find me on the river with my dogs by my side, or in the woods listening for bugling elk.My Travel Stories
As a classical musician I have had the unique experience of being part of countless music collaborations. I regularly perform music from all across the globe, and have shared performances with international musicians from numerous countries. I have also had many wonderful international travel experiences in Europe, Canada, and Mexico, and have explored many destinations here in the United States as well. As a Wyoming native, I enjoy meeting new people and sharing my unique small-town background with the rest of the world.
It was in the back of a trotro in West Africa that I first fell in love with travel. I was sixteen and over 7,000 miles from home, nearing the end of a semester study abroad program in Ghana’s bustling capital city of Accra. I was sweaty, exhausted and overwhelmed, but I felt a sense of joy unlike any I had ever known. This initial enthusiasm has since become a lifelong passion, and my college years brought some remarkable experiences, like hiking with gorillas in Rwanda, conducting research in Bosnia Herzegovina and deep sea fishing in the Cook Islands. I graduated and spent the last two years working and traveling across Africa, Asia and South America, but my Missoula roots eventually called me home. While I often find myself dreaming of Nigeria’s jollof rice, Ecuador’s towering volcanos and spectacular sunrises along the Annapurna Circuit, I am ready to embrace the reverse-culture shock, reconnect with Montana’s wilderness and begin a new journey at Adventure Life!My Travel Stories
Growing up an avid reader and a grammar nerd, I’ve always had a passion for language, which led me to study linguistics and journalism at the University of Montana. During my time in college, I was able to travel to Ireland and Greece on separate educational tours to study the language, history and culture of these fascinating places. Not only was my wanderlust sparked, but I also realized the considerable value of utilizing custom tours to get the most out of an international travel experience. Since joining the Adventure Life team, my list of places I want to visit has only grown, and I love being a part of helping others get started on their own adventures. When I’m not dreaming of my next big trip, you can find me skiing, hiking, reading or trying to master any number of languages on Duolingo.
I grew up in South Carolina, exploring the forests, swamps, and beaches of the palmetto state. After a childhood of dodging mosquitoes, I was eager to explore what the rest of the world had to offer, and jumped on the opportunity to study abroad in college. After spending some time in southern France and exploring much of Western Europe, I knew travel had to be a bigger part of my life. I’ve since moved across the country to Missoula, Montana to join the Adventure Life team, and when I’m not working, I can be found making photographs, skiing, paddling, reading, or baking new recipes.
I am excited to greet you and share my contagious enthusiasm for my country! I love to ensure that all our clients enjoy their visit here to the fullest and that everything runs smoothly. Before joining Adventure Life, I worked with a Quito-based Galapagos yacht company and also as a tour guide in the city. My husband and I live in Quito with our two young children. I love to join our travelers on day trips around the area when I get the chance.
I grew up in Orotina, a small town at the foot of the western plateau of the Turrubares Mountains in Costa Rica. My childhood was mostly spent wandering around the neighborhood chasing iguanas and parrots, playing in the local stream, climbing trees, and generally exploring the forests and valleys of Machuca River Canyon. This is likely where my passion for the countryside and all things natural originated. I have traveled extensively throughout Costa Rica, Central and South America and have been coordinating trips with Adventure Life since 2002. I love a challenge, especially to create a new itinerary! My favorite adventures include whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hiking and visiting rural communities to meet new people.