About The Walking Connection

Company owners Gene and Jo Ann Taylor have a genuine passion for active living. By that, we mean not living life sitting on a couch and watching it go by on a television screen, or staying so close to home that we could only dream about what the rest of the world was like. Always adventuresome and active, we decided to make it our life’s work. So in 1989, Jo Ann and Gene left their corporate jobs and together they founded the Walking Connection based on a unique concept.  Creating a community of like-minded people who enjoy walking, hiking, being outdoors, and for many, traveling and exploring some of the world’s greatest destinations.


Being active and enjoying life is at the very core of who we are and what we do. Walking Connection is not simply about fitness, exercise and being healthy. Though those are a big part, we are also about enjoying the great wines of the world, the unique flavors of local cuisine, meeting people of different cultures and taking long walks, just to see what’s around the next corner.


Walking Connection is rooted in adventure travel. We lead exciting journeys that balance active exploration with exceptional comfort. We criss-cross the globe searching for just the right places to visit and then create amazing itineraries that provide our traveling guests with authentic 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 each other as well as to the local flavor, culture, cuisine and of course, great walks that are in nearly every corner of the world.


WalkingConnection.com, and our free e-newsletters are the life blood of our community.

  • WalkTalk is about living healthy, walking, hiking, eating well and active living.

  • Going Places is committed to Adventure Travel. It’s all about where we go, how we go, what we do and how you can join us in exploring some of the most fantastic journey’s on Earth.


The Walking Connection blog and social networks are dedicated to providing information about everything from healthy living tips to training to walk a marathon.  From expertly guided hiking and travel adventures to inspirational images, articles and community member submitted stories about people who are getting up, out and seeing the world, one step at a time!

Walking is the connection…to an enriched lifestyle.


iWalk, iHike and iConquer are key elements of the Walking Connection experience.  Each provide the community  with motivational and inspirational original content, valuable connections to helpful internet links and a direct connection to iConquer hiking adventures specifically designed and operated as Walking Connection's “Give Back” program for non-profit organizations. Come explore with us!


Walking is the connection…to the greatest destinations in the world!


As established leaders in the providing healthy living information, especially geared toward fitness walking, training and hiking, in 1992 we added a new component to our list services, which at the time was just beginning to gain popularity in the fitness, lifestyle and travel industries – active adventure travel. Our recipe for success is pretty simple. We take the existing active lifestyles of our clients, learn about their personal preferences and combined them with our professional planning skills to to create and personally lead remarkable travel adventures. Our goal is to treat every guest as special. And we do our best to make you a lifelong customer and guest by working tirelessly to earn your trust, over and over again, year after year.

Explore The World With Us!