Exodus Travels hosts small groups and promotes sustainable travel. // © 2016 Shutterstock
Feature image (above): The tour operator's philosophy is to travel with respect to the environment. // © 2016 Exodus Travels
Exodus Travels began in 1974, when two friends partnered to provide overland truck travel to Minaret of Jam, one of the most inaccessible landmarks in Hindu Kush, a mountain range stretching from Afghanistan to Pakistan. This origin story has since become emblematic of Exodus’ mission.
“Exodus’ philosophy is to travel courteously and respectfully in smaller groups to minimize our impact on the environment,” said Sasha Andrews, industry sales and marketing manager at Exodus Travels. “We want more agents to embrace adventure travel, as it’s the one of the fastest growing sectors in travel today.”
A Commitment to Community
A large focus of the tour operator has always been on sustaining and benefiting the communities they visit.
“Our business model is built upon designing and operating our adventures in a way that gives the highest degree of long-term economic benefit to the host communities, while also maintaining the environment,” Andrews said.
To that end, Exodus is a partner of Friends of Conservation, a leader in community conservation that works within East Africa. Exodus also has established relationships with Baraka Community Projects in Morocco, Laos, Zambia and Ethiopia, which helps developing communities achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
If clients are looking for an active holiday, they have several options with Exodus Travels.
“We have more than 140 walking and hiking trips and more than 95 cycling trips featuring a range of activity levels for clients to choose from,” said Andrews. “Exodus is the most established and competitively priced global group adventure tour operator, specializing in hiking, biking and cultural immersion trips in more than 100 countries around the world.”
The company also has a 60 percent traveler return rate, meaning that clients booked on an Exodus trip often become clients for life. It’s this kind of loyalty that Exodus seeks to reward.
“We created the Agent Adventure Club to best reward agents for assisting us in enabling more people to see the world differently,” said Andrews. “The ongoing incentive is simple: for every 10 bookings made, agents will earn a free spot on any one of our tours valued at $2,500.”