TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES

THROUGH MEANINGFUL GUIDES.

MEET YOUR TRAVEL TRIBE.

One of the most potent aspects of travel is the people you meet along the way. The perspectives they share opens your mind to the hidden wisdom of each place. 

Our Travel Tribe hosts serve to educate & inspire our guests to connect authentically to a destination. They also serve to challenge travelers to break past pre-conditioned  notions about the world and themselves.

Simply by being who they are and sharing their passion, our Travel Tribe provides deeper access into the soul of a destination. 

We have a beautiful & inspiring tribe of hosts and guides that include naturalists, artists, adventure experts, community leaders, and local wisdom keepers that reveal the heart of a destination. 

Meet your “guides on the other side” by signing up for local, domestic or international journeys. 

CO FOUNDER

Aikta Suri

Aikta has always been a passionate traveler. She has explored quite a bit of the United States, as well as Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Holland, Ireland, England, and various parts of India, including spending five years living in the remote foothills of the Himalayas, outside of India’s oldest tiger reserve. 

Her career background includes facilitating transformational experiences for people of all ages. Starting with mastering the art of service-learning while working for Loyola University, to obtaining her Masters in Contemplative Education from Naropa University, Aikta’s work has always been purpose driven. 

These two aspects of her life, travel and a passion for facilitating transformational experiences merge together beautifully to design and host travel for those looking for a meaningful adventure.

CO FOUNDER

Misty Dhillon

Misty’s passion for bringing awareness to the natural world comes from his love for rivers and fly fishing. Being in the business since his mid-twenties, Misty has spent two decades being a tour operator for special interest journeys in the Himalayan foothills. He has become a world renowned expert in creating  memorable journeys and river expeditions in the most remote landscapes. 

Misty is also best known for pioneering fly fishing for the legendary and iconic Golden Mahseer found in the Himalayan foothills. In additional to operating Transformative Travel, Misty hosts special groups each year, and also works to encourage more people to engage in the benefits of fly fishing.

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Douglas Morales

Douglas’s ancestors came to the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica around 105 years ago, from the town of Nicoya in Guanacaste province. They came to colonize and work off new land, at a time when there were little to no amenities such as electricity, drinking water, transportation, among others.

Fishing and farming were the only means of providing for the family, this’s how they came to be established in Cabuya, a coastal community on the extreme south of the Nicoya peninsula.

Douglas grew up surrounded by rivers, beaches and mountains; and inevitably gained a great love and interest for nature and environment. Douglas has studied Education with an emphasis
in ecotourism at the UTN (Technical University National) in Costa Rica and obtained his licence as a Naturalist Tour Guide given by the ICT (Costa Rican Tourism Institution).

Nowadays, Douglas organizes authentic experiences 100% specialized in nature and adventure in Costa Rica. He loves to take visitors around to learn the local history and connect with the local ecosystem.

 

Sustainable Travel Shagun Singh India

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Shagun Singh

Founder of the Geeli Mitti (Wet Earth) Foundation, Shagun is known as a fun-loving life enthusiast who left a successful corporate career to explore a deeper sense of purpose. She is a true natural building guru, and has designed amazing cob homes in the lap of the Himalayas.

Shagun birthed a sustainable-living learning center designed to provide a livelihood for locals while educating visitors on sustainable practices that mutually benefit humanity and the earth. Her most popular workshops focus on natural building and permaculture design, as well as recycled waste creations. Her energy is infectious, inspiring, and captivating for those seeking greater awareness & connection to the earth.

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Ritish Suri

At young age Ritish followed his dream into becoming one of India’s leading wildlife naturalists. For a decade he owned and managed one of India’s most Inspiring Eco Lodge; award-winning, Camp Forktail Creek. Dedicating himself to the likes of wildlife enthusiasts and bird-watchers but also leading wildlife expeditions in the Terrai region. 

Apart from being a seasoned wildlife expert he is know for his meticulous attention to detail, and good sense of humor. Ritish is truly a world class host, and is known for creating repeat guests!

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POONAM RAWAT

Founder of Fernweh Fair Travel, an award-winning non-profit that uses tourism to empower women as well as artists of underprivileged communities. Poonam is also a passionate traveler, who loves to share her homeland in the majestic Himalayan foothills of Northern India through the lens of meaningful travel experiences. 

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Anvesh Singh Thapa

A love for rivers drives perhaps one of India’s most seasoned white water rafting guides. 

Anvesh Singh Thapa is also the founder of Expeditions India. He has hence led numerous expedition-style trips, including opening the first commercial river expeditions on the mighty Brahmaputra, Lohit, and Kameng that are some of India’s best white water rafting expeditions. He has also led expeditions internationally, on rivers such as the Kaituna and Wairoa (New Zealand), Blue Nile (Ethiopia), Colorado, Green, and Salmon Rivers (USA), and the Stranda and Rundal (Norway).

Anvesh is also a NOLS instructor, a certified Whitewater Rescue Technician-Advance (Rescue 3 International), Wilderness First Responder (WMI, 2017), Skills Active Senior National Raft Guide Grade IV/V (NZ), and ACA Kayak Instructor Level 4.

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John Bilotta

A globe trotting, passionate fly fishing expert. John Bilotta is a master casting instructor from the International Federation of Fly Fishers and a master of two handed fly casting. 

In addition, John also mentors casting instructor candidates, inspiring them to be cutting-edge in the field of both casting instructions as well as guiding. 

John is a seasoned world traveller and has been host to those looking for fishing adventures across the globe. John likes to take people to beautiful locations, to experience new fish while also sharpening their fly fishing technique. He is a truly kind soul with lots of wisdom to share!

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Dr. Denis Shrestha

A cardiologist from Kathmandu, Nepal by profession, and a passionate fly fisher at heart. Dr. Denis is an inspirational figure who inspires his community to be more conscious about their relationships with their rivers. Dr. Denis encourages guests to spend time outdoors for optimum health, and promotes catch and release fly fishing as a conservation tool in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. He also knows the best fishing spots and is happy to share with other dedicated anglers.

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