Our Self-Guided Adventures (SGAs) are packages designed to inspire and empower solo or independent travelers like you to use their adventures as catalysts for creating meaningful changes in their lives. Unlike our Guided Adventures, we won't actually be on the adventure with you, but you'll still have opportunities to work one-on-one with an MSA coach before, during, and after your trip as you explore the world, meet amazing people, re-discover who you are, create a vision of the life that you want, and begin taking action to make that vision a reality. Plan your own trip, turn any of our existing itineraries into an SGA, or we can create a customized SGA just for you. If you are ready to travel the world and transform your life, our SGAs are for you! 

How SGAs Work

SGAs are super-simple: You travel the world, and we help you make it a life-changing experience. You’ll work with an MSA coach before, during, and after your adventure to use your travel experiences to bring more passion, purpose, and meaning into your life and to begin doing more of what you love. Here's how it works:


Pre-Departure Coaching Sessions

Before you depart, you will work with your coach as you explore what called you to this adventure and what you hope to get out of your trip. You'll also discuss tips and strategies for making the most of your time on the road. 


Go On Your Amazing Adventure!

As you explore the world, the Your Hero's Journey Workbook will guide you through super-powerful personal exploration and reflection questions and activities. Limited access to your coach throughout your travels.


Post-Adventure Coaching Sessions

When you return from your trip, you'll share your experiences, stories, and lessons learned with your coach. You'll also create a strategic action plan for applying everything you learned from your trip to transforming your life! 

SGA Packages

MSA offers the following SGA coaching packages. In addition to the packages you'll see here, we are happy to customize a program just for you. We are also happy to offer extensions or add-on sessions to any of our packages. 


Our basic SGA package, Follow Your Bliss gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with an expert MSA coach during two (2) one-hour pre-departure coaching calls and one (1) one-hour post-trip call to help make the most of your adventure experiences and create real change in your life!

The Follow Your Bliss package includes:

  • Two (2) one-hour pre-departure coaching calls
  • A pre-departure Follow Your Bliss gift basket
  • Limited on-trip support from your coach
  • The Transformational Travel Workbook
  • One (1) one-hour post-adventure coaching call

3-Sessions | $297


The Hero's Journey package includes everything from the Follow Your Bliss package and adds 2 additional post-adventure coaching calls during which your coach will keep you moving forward and taking purposeful action towards the goals and vision you developed during your adventure.

The Hero's Journey package includes:

  • Two (2) one-hour pre-departure coaching calls
  • A pre-departure Your Hero's Journey gift basket 
  • Limited on-trip support from your coach
  • The Transformational Travel Workbook
  • Three (3) one-hour post-adventure coaching calls

5-Sessions | $497


Interested in a Self-Guided Adventure? Contact us to speak with one of our coaches to learn more! 

Self-Guided Adventures FAQS


What's the difference between a Guided Adventure and Self-Guided Adventure?

On our Guided Adventures, a Muddy Shoe Program Leader actually goes on the trip with you. You are also joined by fellow travelers. On our SGA's, you travel independently without anyone from MSA on the trip with you. Instead, we'll work with you before, during, and after your trip to help you transform your life!


Is a Muddy Shoe Self-Guided Adventure really for me?

A Muddy Shoe SGA is for you if are about to head out on an adventure and want to use the experiences you have to foster and create change and transformation in your life. Do any of these sound like you?

  • I want to be doing more meaningful work in my life, but I'm not sure what and/or how to make it happen.
  • I am facing challenges in my life and want a fresh perspective to help me work through these challenges. 
  • I am going through a life transition — birth, death, divorce, etc. — and want support navigating the uncertainty.
  • I have an exciting opportunity in front of me and I could use some support in creating the outcomes I want. 

If any of those resonate with you, give us a call before you go on your next adventure! We will craft a coaching package for you that will help you make the most of your next trip!


When is the best time to sign up for my Self-Guided Adventure?

It depends. For clients who are planning their own trip and are only interested in MSA's coaching services, we like to begin working with clients 30--60 days before they depart for their trip. If you want MSA's help in turning one of our existing itineraries into a SGA or in creating your own customized SGA, then we strongly prefer to begin working with you 4--6 months before your planned departure date. That way, we can secure hotel rooms, make other logistical arrangements for you, and still have time to coach you before you leave!


What is Coaching?

At its most basic, coaching is a helping relationship between the client and the coach. Through coaching, clients are guided and supported by the coach through a journey of self-discovery, envisioning a desired future, action-planning for that future, and being held accountable for taking actions toward realizing the vision. Coaching can have many focus areas: Life, career, health & wellness, nutrition, finance, and relationships to name a few. Regardless of the type of coaching, ALL coaching is ultimately intended to empower the client to create a life of lasting happiness. 


How is coaching different than therapy?

Great question, as this is often a very blurred line. The simple answer is this: Coaching helps healthy people create even bigger, better, and more amazing things in their life; therapy helps people who are dealing with some form of trauma get to a healthy and stable state. 


Why should I hire someone from MSA to be my coach?

Because we are normal people who have been in your shoes and have used travel experiences to help us figure out who we are, what we want, and how to get to where we want to be ... and because we can work with you to do the same! So whether you are a recent college graduate searching for meaningful work, a 20- or 30-something who is trying to figure out what they want to do with "this one wild and precious life" of theirs, a divorcee who is looking to move forward into the next phase of your life, a mid-career professional considering a career change, or a recent retiree who is excited to write the next chapter in your life, we can help you make the most of your travels. 


What is the coaching process like?

Before your trip, you and your coach will have a series of one-hour coaching calls during which you'll explore questions such as: What is calling you to this adventure? and What do you want to get out of this adventure? You'll also work with your coach to ID strategies for immersing yourself in and making the most out of your experience.

You'll bring a copy of the Your Hero's Journey Workbook with you on your trip as you explore the world. The YHJ Workbook is a carefully crafted selection of questions, activities, and quotes developed by MSA that will help you use your travels to reflect on and create clarity around who you are, where you are in your life, where you want to go and what you want to create and/or do with your life, and begin to develop a plan for making that vision a reality!

After your trip, your coach will help you process and make sense of your experience. You will discuss what you learned on your adventure, what challenged you most, and what perspectives shifted for you. You'll also explore what you are going to do next: How are you going to use your trip and what you learned to transform your life?


Where does the coaching take place?

That's almost entirely up to you. Many of our clients — particularly those in and around the Los Angeles area — choose to meet with us face-to-face at a coffee shop, over lunch, or in a park. Others who may not be as close work with us over Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangout, or, if absolutely necessary, by phone. 


Can I plan my own trip?

Absolutely! Many of our clients plan their own trip and then work with an MSA coach before, during, and after to make it a truly transformational experience. 


Can MSA help me plan my Self-Guided Adventure?

Yes! We have a few options here: We can take an existing MSA itinerary and tailor it for your needs and wants, and then coach you before, during, and after the trip. The other option is to create a fully customized trip for you. Say you really want to go to Bhutan, but we aren't offering a trip there. We are happy to work with you to build the trip of your dreams! Just contact us :)


I have more questions ... What should I do?

Simple — Contact us!