Company Timeline

AdventureSmith Company Timeline and Major Milestones

1995   Todd Smith is lured to Alaska and begins a career as a naturalist and expedition guide. 

1997   As program manager of Glacier Bay Tours & Cruises, Todd implements a new program of adventure cruising including full day guided kayaking and hiking excursions aboard the 36 guest Wilderness Explorer.

1999   The successful adventure cruising program is expanded to the 72 guest Wilderness Explorer and the 88 guest Wilderness Adventurer. 

2001  Todd accepts the position of General Manager for the Seattle-based experiential travel company Wildland Adventures. 

January 2003   The name and brand, AdventureSmith Travel Services Inc. is incorporated.  Todd departs Wildland to build the AdventureSmith brand.

October 2003   AdventureSmith Explorations website is launched and the company takes it first bookings.

February 2004   The company books its first Galapagos Islands charter.

Summer 2004   First season to offer Alaska vacations. 

October 2004   Todd Smith/AdventureSmith named top Alaska expert by National Geographic Traveler.

December 2004   Peru land based programs are launched.

Winter 2004-2005   First Antarctica travelers depart.  Arctic Cruise Program is launched.

February 2005   Outside Magazine’s Annual Best Trips issue selects AdventureSmith Exploration’s Belize Adventure Cruise.

March 2005   Office and headquarters are moved into 3090 North Lake Blvd #5 on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

January 2006   Galapagos land-based adventure program are launched. 

October 2006   Carbon Free Cruising campaign is launched.

October 2006   National Geographic Traveler magazine picks Active Inside Passage as a Top 50 Tour of a Lifetime.

September 2007   AdventureSmith Explorations accepts Conde Nast Traveler’s World Savers Award in the category of Preservation.

December 2007   AdventureSmith Explorations is recommended Galapagos outfitter in Frommer’s Dream Vacations

February 2008   AdventureSmith Explorations is recognized as one of the Best Tour Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure.

March 2008   Company operations are expanded at the 3090 North Lake Blvd office.

April 2009   AdventureSmith Explorations is Lonely Planet’s Top Pick for Alaska Small Ship Cruises.

November 2009   AdventureSmith begins offering flights to Latin America.

January 2010   Australia Small Ship Cruise Program is launched.

June 2011   AdventureSmith Explorations’ Adventure Coordinator, Andrew Browning receives Travel Age West WAVE Award for up-and-coming “rock star” agents under 40. 

April 2012   Mediterranean Cruise Program is launched.

December 2012   Todd Smith is named the Top Expedition Cruise Specialist by Conde Nast Traveler magazine

July 2013   Newly expanded and enhanced website is launched.

August 2013   Todd Smith renamed Top Expedition Cruise Specialist by Conde Nast Traveler.