Why Book with AdventureSmith

You are embarking on the trip of a lifetime. Book with the confidence that comes from our experience and passion for adventure travel. Why choose AdventureSmith Explorations?

1. One-on-One Attention

We bring a personal level of attention to your travel. No call centers, no automated chatbots… just one Adventure Specialist that will listen to your travel needs and help you research, purchase and prepare for your trip. We pride ourselves in being your partner in adventure, and answering your questions quickly and accurately with honest, unbiased information.

2. Our Style

Booking with AdventureSmith means you’ll actively explore nature away from tourist crowds, without sacrificing comfort, safety or the environment. One of the core reasons our clients repeatedly book with us is our dedicated focus on the intimate and active exploration of wilderness places. Learn more about our style of adventure travel.

3. Industry Leaders

Todd Smith, President and founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, pioneered adventure cruising in Alaska as a former small ship guide and program manager. He’s since gone on to help carve out the small ship cruise niche and send thousands of passengers on adventure cruises each year. His industry expertise has been awarded by Condé Nast Traveler, and he remains an elected board member for the Galapagos tourism association. Todd and his personally trained staff have become go-to resources for the small ship cruise & adventure travel industry.

4. 20 Years in Business & Counting

2023 marked AdventureSmith Explorations’ 20th anniversary of sending travelers to exotic locations worldwide aboard expedition cruises and wilderness adventures. As a traveler, you’ll find assurance, trust and many benefits from this longevity. Our worldwide partnerships have grown over the years as operators rely on us as a strong link to traveler needs. And a number of our crew have been with us for at least a decade. You won’t find a more experienced, impassioned travel team.

5. Trust Us, We’ve Been Aboard

We have cruised aboard or personally inspected nearly every small ship and lodge on our website. This ensures our partner operators maintain the quality you expect, and that we can best match your needs and advise on all logistics involved. Look for the Expert Aboard and Expert Review features around our site to see some of our many travel experiences worldwide.

6. Value without Sacrificing Experience

You will never pay more when booking with AdventureSmith Explorations. In fact you will often pay less! Our sales volume ensures you receive the best possible price and often trip deals, but never at the cost of a great travel experience. Our knowledge and firsthand insight add value by ensuring you select the best trip for your style of travel. Expect to be the savviest traveler aboard after reviewing our extensive pre-travel documents including detailed itineraries, maps, packing/reading lists, expert advice and last-minute reminders.

7. Peace of Mind

We are a US-based travel agency and registered as a Seller of Travel in the State of California (CST #2069288-40), which means we are subject to the nation’s most stringent travel industry guidelines. We are licensed, bonded and insured for domestic and international travel. And if any issues do arise, you’re not alone. Working to solve complex travel challenges has always been at the core of our business. We make sure your voice is heard and problems are quickly resolved.

8. Ease & Excitement

Don’t get lost in the weeds of the world wide web. Let our trusted travel advisors be your best resource. We elicit the excitement of travel by bringing ease and insight back into the process. With our specialists by your side, travel planning is fun—and done right.

9. Superior Accommodations

Cruise aboard exclusive yachts and small cruise ships specially outfitted to watch wildlife and explore the wilderness in style. Distinctive wilderness lodges and boutique hotels get you close to nature. Our accommodations and the people who run them are rooted in the region’s environment and vetted by our team.

10. Local Connections

AdventureSmith has strong, longtime relationships with our partners and thus in-depth knowledge about travel destinations, operators, ship captains, local guides and their operations. Trust us to take you there safely and authentically.

11. Sustainable Impact

With AdventureSmith, your travel will have a positive and direct impact on the destinations and communities you explore. It’s at the heart of how we select a great trip. You’ll find small ships that offset their carbon emissions, lodges co-owned by the villages they are built in, and certified B Corp operators among our curated trips. We also provide a means for travelers to make a direct conservation contribution to vetted organizations in our top destinations so you can start your trip already connected to local eco-efforts.

12. Our Reviews

Don’t take our word for it. Read our reviews and recent press. We have been recognized as leaders in expedition cruises and wilderness adventures by Condé Nast TravelerNational Geographic TravelerOutside MagazineThe New York TimesUSA TodayFrommers and the Outdoor Channel. Read the many client testimonials throughout our website’s trip listings, or ask us to put you in contact with an alumni traveler. Analysis of our trip evaluations shows that more than 99% of our clients would refer AdventureSmith Explorations to their friends and family.


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