About Walking Connection
The world we choose to explore moves mostly at pedestrian speed...
We lead exciting journeys that blend active exploration with exceptional comfort in the style of the Walking Connection founders, Gene and Jo Ann Taylor.
We criss-cross the globe, searching for just the right places to visit and then create amazing itineraries that provide our traveling guests with life-enriching experiences.
Whether walking through a bustling city market, the narrow passages of a rural village, or hiking to a distant mountain top, we connect our guests to local friends as well as to the local flavor, culture, cuisine, and of course, great walks that are in nearly every corner of the world.
At the heart of our travel is our belief that the most profound
travel experiences are born in the relationships we create with the people we meet along the way...
Founded in 1989, we started a community of like-minded active people and set out to explore the world, one step at a time.
Since then we have achieved AND maintain over a 95% customer repeat rate. Some of the first guests to ever travel with us, 30+ trips and 33 years later, are still active and were on our last journey.
...Walked The Great Wall of China.
...Sailed The Greek Isles.
...Traveled the entire perimeter of Ireland & Iceland.
...Trekked the Overland Track, Inca Trail & Grand Canyon.
...Hot air ballooned over the Serengeti's Great Migration.
...Slept in a tent surrounded by hippos.
...Walked along side of a live Black Rhino.
...Led a hike on Kilimanjaro with autistic students.
...Eaten our way through Italy, Spain, and Costa Rica.
...Taken over 50 helicopter rides.
...Trekked with chimpanzees.
...Safaried by elephant in search in of tigers.
...Saw a live bull-fight in the real Shangri La. (No harm to any animal)
...Hiked two live volcanoes four different glaciers.
...Dogsleded while on an arctic polar bear safari.
...Spotted a super rare blue whale in the Pacific.
...Watched a migration of millions of cormorants' land on an uncharted island.
...Hiked the dunes of the Sahara, Namib, Kalahari, Sonoran, and Mohave deserts.
...Hiked Morocco's Mt. Toubkal, South Africa's Table Mountain, Mexico's Sierra de la Laguna, Costa Rica's Rincon de la Vieja, and Japan's Mt. Fuji.
Our recipe for success is pretty simple. Learn as much about the existing active lifestyle of each guest. Understand their personal preferences and interests. Then build an itinerary based upon those needs. We use our 30+ years of professional planning skills
to create and lead remarkable travel adventures.
HERE'S THE MAGIC!
We treat every guest as unique and special.
We treat our hosts and guides as guests.
We expect each to treat us and each other the same in return.
...Introduced & connected thousands of guests
to indigenous people everywhere.
...Created and operate a business platform for
non-profits that have raised more than $26 million
US dollars for charities around the world.
...Supported schools in South Africa, Yunan Province,
China, Bali, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru.
We began our Give Back program during a visit to a small
village on the Amazon River in 1999.
...Continue to grow. GIVING IS A CORE VALUE OF OUR ADVENTURE TRAVEL BUSINESS.
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