Who is behind Just Boarded?
My name is Marie, it's me on the photo, lost amongst the impressive rock formations of the Bitcherland in France. Born in France, I grew up in Lorraine, a beautiful region in the North East of France, close to Luxembourg and Germany. After studying in Baltimore in the USA, I moved to London where I lived for 5 years. I've always liked to travel off the beaten path. It's actually when I travelled far from the famous travel spots that I lived the most memorable adventures. One day, I decided to share my experience with everyone (sharing is caring as we say) as I wanted people to feel the same emotions I felt when I went away. That's how Just Boarded was born. Today, my aim is to make a positive impact in the world by helping adventurers travel in a respectful way. So I'm a citizen of the world. From Brazil to Nepal, I travel around the world to create meaningful partnerships with local agencies that share my values and that I can then recommend to you.
Being different and unique is great, so through Just Boarded, I want to encourage you to be bold and go left when everyone else goes right. Whether you want to ride a horse through Mongolia, climb mountains in Nepal or dive in the turquoise waters of Brazil, Just Boarded works with local partners who will design your adventure and get you immersed into fascinating cultures. You will come back home with a better understanding of the world and being a better version of yourself.
What makes Just Boarded 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.
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. Working directly with local services means we are contributing to the local economy and providing income and employment for families.
We also believe that a local team has insight and knowledge that no foreign agency can ever have. A local team will help you to make real connections with people in beautiful and unique parts of the world.
Promoting a responsible attitude is our way to create better places to visit and better places to live in. We aim to inspire people to live more enjoyable experiences by creating meaningful connections with local people, whilst minimising the negative impact on the local culture and environment.
While we understand the price is important to you, we do not choose to partner with 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 we work with is treated with fairness and respect.
No to overtourism
Overtourism is negatively affecting people’s home and has economic, social, cultural and ecological consequences on the destination. That's why we encourage you to travel only in small groups (less than 10 people).
We believe local people should benefit from tourism all year round so by encouraging you to travel in off-peak seasons, we make sure local communities have a regular income and activity.
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 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.
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 is 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…
If you want to know more about the organisations or charities you can help in country please get in touch with us.