Who are we?
Inspired by all the travel adventures she went on, especially one in beautiful Tanzania, Marie Grunewald decided to share her experience with others. By creating Just Boarded, she wanted to make a positive impact and help adventurers travel in a way that honours and supports people and protects the environment. From Nepal to Ecuador, she travels around the world to find the best trekking destinations out there and to create meaningful adventures for you.
Being different and unique is great, so we will always encourage you to be bold and challenge yourself by choosing authentic routes that almost no one trekked before. Whether you like magnificent mountains, typical villages or lush jungles, we will create the right adventure for you. Wander around the world in places you weren't looking for and meet fascinating local people. You will come back home with a better understanding of the world and being a better version of yourself. Promised!
What makes us different ?
We encourage you to push your boundaries by making you discover some unique terrain less trodden.
We take care of everything
We design your trip and take care of the logistics so you can concentrate on getting ready for your adventure and enjoy every single moment of it when you’re there.
We set a maximum group size for each destination to make sure your trip stays unique and to avoid overtourism.
We are committed to design adventures that benefit the businesses, the people and the environment of the places we travel to.
We support the local economy
We use homestays or family-run hotels and local staff as much as possible to make sure the money goes straight into the local community.
We provide you with a huge array of advice and guidance on everything from fitness training to travel insurance and visas.
We have a strong network of trustworthy and very knowledgeable local suppliers, who will take care of you once in country so you are in safe hands.
We provide transparent pricing and clear instructions as to what is and isn't included in our prices.
What we believe
We always work with locally-owned businesses to make sure that local communities benefit from our business. As much as possible we use guides, cooks, porters, drivers etc. from the surrounding villages, as well as much of the food and supplies. Using local services means we are contributing directly to the local economy and providing income and employment for local families.
We also believe that a local guide has insight and knowledge that no UK or foreign leader can ever have. A local guide will help you to feel part of the community and to make real connections with people in beautiful and unique parts of the world.
We adopt a responsible attitude to the areas we travel through in order to create better places to visit and better places to live in. We aim to provide more enjoyable experiences for explorers through more meaningful connections with local people, whilst minimising the negative impact on the local culture and environment.
While price is important to us and you, we do not choose the cheapest suppliers. We choose suppliers for their quality and their values and build close relationships with them, which involves strong mutual trust and respect.
We are committed to promoting human rights by ensuring that everybody involved in our adventures is treated with fairness and respect. The general welfare of any local personnel employed on our trips, as well as the standard of their equipment and level of pay, is very important to us and to our local team.
No to overtourism
Overtourism is negatively affecting people’s home and it’s not providing enough benefits for them in return. We know that there are economic, social, cultural and ecological consequences caused by a big concentration of visitors so that’s why we set a maximum group size for each destination. Please check each trip’s page for more details.
We believe local people should benefit from tourism all year round so by sending smaller groups more often we make sure local communities have a regular income and activity. It also means our adventures have a positive impact on locals’ life without changing their daily lifestyle.
For you, it means a more personal and authentic experience that encourages interactions with the local environment, people and communities. We understand we are guests and believe in a tourism based on respect.
No to voluntourism
At Just Boarded we won’t include a few days of volunteering in your itinerary. Here’s why.
We believe volunteering is great but only when done well. You need to stay for longer than a few days to make sure it's not just you, but also the community, that is benefiting from the experience.
Don’t pay money to build useable structures. Instead, try to see how you can help locals use the materials and skills they already have to build them. There are always local people willing and able to undertake these projects. Such approaches promote employment, get things built faster, and support the local economy.
Be careful which orphanage you are going to. Don’t pay money just for the privilege of spending time with children as it sadly encourages certain communities to create fake orphanages. Instead try to share a knowledge or skill that you have or make a donation (money or equipment) to schools or programs which seek to keep parents and children together.
If you are interested in doing some good on your next escape abroad, here are a few advice:
- Practice responsible tourism: look after the environment you are going through, respect locals’ lifestyle and leave animals alone;
- Raise money for a charity;
- Make a donation or bring equipment for a local school, organisation or charity: clothes, pens and pencils, notebooks, storybooks, trekking equipment… Please get in touch with us if you are not sure what to bring.
If you want to know more about the organisations or charities you can help in country please get in touch with us.