Taking an unexpected turn. "Zigging" when mainstream tourists "Zag." Walking up and over a hill to experience the unique rather than going around the base to simply check an item off of a bucket list because it is fast or easy. The Walking Connection offers private, independent and small group journeys to exciting destinations in a style that has been defined by its creators, Gene and Jo Ann Taylor.
Walking Connection guests crave new doors to open and adventure travel opportunities to explore. They are driven to make a genuine connection between themselves, the people they meet along the way and the time they share with each other. They approach each with the intention of provoking moments of clarity, empathy, and understanding. They seek to organically absorb an authentic cultural experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
From All Walks of Life...
Our guests come from all walks of life.
They are acquaintances who like to engage with and travel in small groups of like-minded walkers and hikers.
They are a collection of people who enjoy the company and camaraderie of both lifelong and new-found friends.
They are curious and creative, physically active, love to learn and laugh. They appreciate a higher level of service, finer accommodations, excellent cuisine and special locally sourced beverages.
They cherish their time walking, hiking and seeing the world the way it was meant to be seen, with The Walking Connection, one step at a time!
I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE
How we see the world matters. How the world sees us matters.
We are on a shared journey.
About Our Trips
Ways To Travel...
Travel Your Way...
We move in small groups, usually no more than 8-12 guests...
Solo and independent travelers are the fastest growing part of our business...
Give Serendipidy A Chance!
We cherish these moments and actively seek them out. We invest in experiences, instead of more stuff.
There is something for everyone.
Our Small Group, Independent and Private Adventures are geared to accommodate walkers and hikers of most interests and abilities. We enable you to comfortably set your own walking pace.
ADDED Bonus! We believe that being in good physical condition will significantly enhance your adventure experience.
Your Walking Connection Training Guide is a real person who will help you every step of the way.
Questions We Get Asked, A Lot...
Who travels with the Walking Connection?
They are like-minded people with a positive outlook on life. Many are between the ages of 45 – 75, but all other ages are well represented. You will meet individual travelers, traveling pairs, and couples with diverse backgrounds who share a common love for seeing and experiencing the world, its cultures and people close up. Based upon past experience, over 90%+ of people who travel with Walking Connection — do so again!
Our Guests Love Us...
“Hi. This is room 611 calling to say I’m having a terrific time and I don’t want to leave Orcas Island tomorrow. But I still have tomorrow to enjoy and the rest of my life to remember the trip. Thank you.” ~ Carol B.
“I carry 7 pictures from our African Walking Safari with me where ever I go. People are amazed. I’m telling people about the only way to travel — with the Walking Connection.” ~ Chyrell K.
Explore the dramatically varied landscapes of northern Spain. As you switch between the more famous Camino Frances and the more dramatic and lesser-known Camino del Norte, the contrast between the dry central plateau and the lush green pastures of the Cantabrian coast is remarkable.
@Home On Planet Earth
We believe in treating the people we meet with kindness and the places where they live with respect. We have a shared obligation to learn what the locals know, teach what we can and take responsibility for our actions and there impact on the environment.
Travelers Against Plastic is an outreach initiative that aims to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of using disposable plastics and encourage them to travel prepared. We support this by reducing and/or eliminating single-use plastics on our adventures whenever possible.
NOW (ItMustBeNow.com) defines sustainability as development and action that takes responsibility for our total impact on the community and the environment, to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. We support this by offering CARBON OFFSETS through NOW!
Leave No Trace - By working with the public and those managing public lands, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics focuses on educating people—instead of costly restoration programs or access restrictions—as one of the most effective and least resource-intensive solution to land protection.