WHY TRAVEL WITH MSA
At Muddy Shoe Adventures, we whole-heartedly believe in the transformational power of travel, which is why we make sure that we include as many — if not all — of the following elements into our Adventures. Collectively, they not only make for a superior travel experience, but a more transformational one, as well!
1. Hand-Crafted Itineraries
Every Muddy Shoe Adventure is handcrafted by one of our Adventure Architects (in partnership with local accommodations, guides, and tour operators) to include the perfect mixture of some of the classic experiences of the destinations we travel to as well as a few secret, off-the-beaten-path adventures that most other travelers never get to experience!
2. Small-Group Sizes
We intentionally keep our group sizes to between 4—8 people in order to maintain the intimacy of the group and to make sure that everyone has opportunities to speak and share their thoughts and ideas without competing to be heard or fighting for 'air time.' Small groups also tend to foster deeper friendships and allow us maximum flexibility with our schedule.
3. Expert Program Leaders
Our Program Leaders are life and career coaches with decades of experience working with clients and leading group programs. Most have an advanced degree (Masters and/or Doctorate) in Education or Psychology, and many have been certified by the International Coach Federation. Best of all, they are all really fun, energetic, and inspirational people!
4. Immersive Cultural Experiences
Travel and adventure are as much about culture as they are about physical activities, so we do our best to create opportunities for guests to experience the local culture in an authentic and meaningful way through cooking classes, home stays, meetings with local historians, and attending local spiritual ceremonies.
5. Challenging Physical Adventures
We include physical adventures on almost all of our programs as a way to challenge you, push you beyond your comfort zones, allow you to see what you are truly capable of, open up channels of creativity, and of course have some fun while trying new activities. We then use those adventures and the cultural experiences as catalysts for ...
6. Inspirational Group Discussions
Led by your Program Leader, you'll have time every day to share your experiences with the group, talk about what you learned, and explore how you can apply those lessons and new perspectives to your life. These casual and light-hearted yet powerful conversations are at the heart of the Muddy Shoe Adventures experience!
7. Slow Travel = Time to Relax & Recharge
Going on adventures and experiencing new people and cultures with the group is great ... but so it having free time to explore on your own, enjoy a message or a spa treatment, read a book, or take a nap! As much as possible, we try to leave a few hours every day for you to do your own thing, whatever that may be.
8. Healthy & Delicious Foods
Food nourishes the body just as the conversations we have on our adventures nourish the soul! On all of our programs, we do our best to offer the highest quality locally-sourced food, which helps to keep costs down, nutrition and taste up, and helps support local farmers and food producers.
9. Local Hotels & Tour Operators
We do our best to work with locally-owned and operated hotels and with local guides and/or tour operators as much as possible. Not only do they tend to offer better service and have more local knowledge, but doing so helps contribute to the local economy by keeping money in that destination, all of which are core parts of ...
10. Economic, Environmental, & Cultural Sustainability
We do our best on every trip to minimize the impact our adventures have on both the local environment and the culture of the peoples and places we visit, while at the same time doing our best to ensure that we contribute to the local economy.