In early 2020, we watched the global travel doors close dramatically. While they are now opening again, it truly takes a village to stay abreast of all the near-daily changes to guidelines, advisories, policies and deals. Thus, especially during times like these, we are proud to be your trusted travel advisor. Working to solve complex travel challenges has always been at the core of our business, and the uncertainty, hiccups and successes in resuming world travel this year have been a true proving ground for our team.  

While our whole-hearted support goes out to those most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we continue to work hard at the job we know how to do best: facilitate trips of a lifetime. And for those of you who are in the position to travel now, or start planning your future travel now, it’s an especially prime time to have your eye on the style of travel AdventureSmith is known for. Why?

The Benefits of Small, Sustainable Travel Are Great—& Can Be Private

Our curated expedition cruises and wilderness adventures are getting more national attention than ever amid travelers’ desire to explore remote places with small groups. We represent a select portfolio of small ships that, depending on the destination, range from an average of 20 to 100 guests and have flexible itineraries. The size of these expedition ships means that crews and passengers will benefit from not being surrounded by thousands of other travelers in port or onboard, and all of the small ships that we work with are available to charter with your own small group for the ultimate privacy, exclusivity and customization. On land, our wilderness lodges are rooted in their environment, often run in partnership with the local community. Lodge buy-outs to reserve these smaller boutique haciendas, lodges and luxury camps for family and friend groups are also in more demand.

Bookings Are More Affordable & Flexible Than Ever

The times have changed—and fast—for travel providers worldwide. From the smallest of captain-owned ships in Alaska to state-of-the-art luxury fleets in Antarctica and community-run lodges in Peru, virtually every trip operator has amended their deposit and cancellation terms to adjust to the new reality. For travelers like you, this means options like less money down, fewer nonrefundable deposits and more early-booking deals to secure future journeys—a great idea as there is sure to be a rush to travel again for pent-up globetrotters! In fact, we’re already seeing 2021 space filling up at our small accommodations.

Our Team Is Your Greatest Ally

AdventureSmith has strong, longtime relationships with our partners and thus in-depth knowledge about travel destinations, operators and their responses to the pandemic. We have been in continuous contact with our ground operators, small ships, wilderness lodges and industry organizations worldwide, to ensure we can not only provide the most up-to-date information (a glimpse of which can be found on our COVID-19 Information for AdventureSmith Travelers and How to Get a COVID Test For Travel pages) but also to advocate for our booked clients and their adjusting needs. We are in the field, experiencing travel in the age of COVID-19 and reporting back with our firsthand insight and advice. All of this combined can assist you in making the right decision about your travel plans.

We Offer Peace of Mind

As trusted advisors (awarded multiple times by Condé Nast Traveler), our team will discuss the wide variety of booking options and trip terms & conditions, including quite a few flexible-booking deals now available for securing future travel without worry. Booking a trip, deciding on travel insurance and adjusting any travel plans are all made easier and with peace of mind through our personalized customer service. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor,” and you can benefit from our team’s experience with all the facets of travel, including unforeseen interruptions. So curate that bucket list, and when you’re ready to travel or talk travel again, we are here for you.

This post is among AdventureSmith Explorations’ extensive collection of travel guides; find more on the AdventureSmith Travel Blog. While originally published in March 2020, the information on this page has since been updated to reflect the latest from our team.