East Meets West

Italy, Switzerland, Germany & Japan

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June 8th - July 21st, 2020
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A 6 Week Adventure From Tuscany To The Land Of The Rising Sun

Trip Highlights:
Play and shop in the Akihabara district in Tokyo, the center of Otaku culture and home to anime, manga and over the top arcades.
Start your journey with 1 week in our private Tuscan Villa in Italy, where you'll enjoy home-cooked Italian food and explore the famous Tuscan country side.
See the culture & history of Munich, Germany, and take a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.
Stay in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, home to 76 waterfalls and 2500 foot cliffs, where you'll spend a week hiking, biking and other outdoor activities (You name it, they probably have it).
Experience a 1000 year old buddhist monastery & participate in monastic life in Koya-San, Japan.
Visit the world's largest spa complex outside of Munich, Germany (46 acres in size!), where you'll get a 2 day break from the group to reset and recharge.
Start Location: Boston Massachusetts
End Location: Portland, Oregon
Ages: 18 - 28
Physical Intensity: 
Group Size: 12 Travelers, 3 Guides
Style: WanderRock Adventures

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Trip Itinerary

Part 1: Learning To Advocate & Creating Trust
Boston, Massachusetts
June 8th - June 12th, 2020
Meet at our hotel between 4 and 5 PM on day 1, where you'll greet your fellow travelers, have a nice dinner and get a good nights sleep for a full day ahead. The next 2 days will be spent participating in a workshop designed to help you learn travel skills, develop trust as a group and learn how to advocate for yourself.

Along the way, you'll practice the travel skills you are learning by visiting Walden Pond, the historical site where Henry David Thoreau built a cabin and wrote "Walden" and the various historical sites within the city of Boston itself.
Part 2: Building Connection
Tuscany, Italy
June 12th - June 18th, 2020
Arrive in Tuscany and be whisked away to our private Tuscan villa for the week, where you'll enjoy local & fresh Italian food, cooked by our own private chef. We'll have plenty of time to relax, enjoy Tuscany and learn new self care skills to take care of yourself when you are stressed.

Day activities will depend on the mood of the group, and may include bike rides, cooking lessons, or visiting surrounding villages.
Part 3: Gaining Confidence
Grindelwald & The Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
June 18th - June 25th, 2020
Travel by car back to Florence, Italy and then onward by train to the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. Our accommodations are very basic, but you don't come to this part of Switzerland for the city life, it's all about the outdoors! There will be plenty of hiking, taking gondolas (and funiculars and trains), as well as the opportunity to stretch yourself with some more... adventurous activities (such as zip lining).

Activities include visiting Mürren, a car-free town 2500 feet above the valley floor, several hikes, and exploring the adjacent town of Grindelwald. Depending on the weather, there may also be opportunities to go via train to Jungfraujoch, billed as the highest train station in Europe at a height of 11,371 feet above sea level.
Therme Erding, Bavaria, Germany
June 25th - June 29th, 2020
Therme Erding, located 1 hour outside of Munich, is the worlds largest spa complex measuring 46 acres in size. We have 3 full days here to relax, decompress, journal and recharge. You'll enjoy many of the restaurants on site for breakfast, lunch & dinner and then hit the 4 distinct zones to relax, have fun and recharge.

Maybe you'll seek out "Galaxy Erding" with 27 different water slides, from tame to thrilling. Or hang out in the wave pool or tropical oasis. Finally, there's the spa area with over 30 different themed saunas, as well as a handful of hot tubs, pools, steam rooms & more. Whether you choose to wander, or simple chill in your room, this is your time to relax, recharge and do some deep self care.

There will be some optional group activities (such as visiting the water park together), but you'll be free to explore on your own, should you wish.
Munich, Germany
June 29th - July 3rd, 2020
A short 1 hour train ride from Therme Erding, Munich is a city that is both old and new. This city has quite the history, and we'll experience as much as we can of it. From cooking classes, museums, walking tours & more, this is our time to meet the locals, explore the culture and have some fun while we're at it.

We'll stay right in the middle of the city in shared rooms, and experience this vibrant city, its culture & its people.
Part 4: Experiencing Contrast
Tokyo, Japan
July 3rd - July 8th, 2020
The world's largest city that is paradoxically extremely modern and extremely ancient, Tokyo is a sight to behold. We'll stay in a unique "pod style" hotel as we explore this sprawling metropolis.

Activities include visiting the Studio Ghibli museum, visiting Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea, and experiencing the weird & wonderful wildness that is Tokyo. We'll also visit the epicenter of Otaku & anime culture, the Akihabara district.

You'll also get plenty of free time to explore with the group and create your own itinerary. There's a lot to see in Tokyo, and you won't be able to see it all!
Koya-San, Japan
July 8th - July 12th, 2020
Step into an ancient world as we stay at a buddhist monastery for 4 nights and explore a different way of life. We'll eat group meals with our fellow travelers, attend morning meditation and explore the surrounding temples as we deeply immerse ourselves in a very different lifestyle.

Mt. Koya is regarded as one of the most sacred places in Japan, so this will be a very different experience than modern Tokyo.
Nara, Japan
July 12th - July 18th, 2020
Famous for the deer that roam free in Nara Park, and just 1 hour by train from both Kyoto and Osaka, Nara is a blend of the old and the new. We'll stay in a traditional Japanese Ryokan (an Inn), explore the temples, daily life & shopping streets of Nara.

We'll also venture out to Osaka & Kyoto for day trips to beaches, museums, and be involved in community volunteer efforts.
Part 5: Creating Coherance
Portland, Oregon
July 19th - July 21st, 2020
Finally back in the US, this is our time to reflect, recover and adjust back to life in the US. We'll be staying in the middle of Portland as we go through a 2 day closing workshop, get used to the rhythms of daily life and plan for our future.

Why You'll Have A Great Time

A Built In Social Group

No need to work to make friends here! We have a built in social group of 14 other people that you'll have no trouble getting to know and making friends with. The first part of all of our trips are designed just so that you can get to know your fellow travelers, build trust with the group and have a good time.

We'll all be here to support each other through the good & the bad, and you'll come away with friendships that will last a lifetime.

Increased Confidence

A side effect of around-the-world travel is increased confidence. Once you've successfully navigated a foreign country, experienced their culture and eaten their food, regular life seems a lot easier. At the end of your trip, you'll feel more confident to take on the challenges that life brings you, and more capable to problem solve & navigate through the world.

New Independence Skills

Learn all the skills you need to maintain a fully independent life in real-world situations. That could be cooking classes in Italy, navigating the public transit system of Tokyo, or simply just doing laundry and packing your bag.

You'll come home with a new sense of independence & the skills and knowledge to back it up.

Time To Relax

Traveling with a group of people 24/7 for a month and a half can get old very quickly if you don't have time to relax, decompress and do your own thing. So we've built in plenty of unstructured time to relax, unwind and screw around. Read a book, watch a movie, take a nap or go to a park.

This time is yours to do with as you see fit. And don't worry! Self care is a big part of this trip, so if you don't know how to relax and recover, we'll gladly teach you along the way.

Sightseeing & More

We'll hit the highlights along our journey to show you the best of the local area, let you get those pictures to send back home (or post on the 'gram) and help you see the most exciting parts of the places we visit.

Then we'll go beyond seeing the places and participate in the local culture with activities and experiences designed to immerse you and provide an authentic experience.

Memorable Experiences

There will be a lot of firsts on this trip. Places will touch you in deep ways, people will have an impact on you, and 20 years after the end of this trip you'll think back and go "Remember that time I was hiking in Switzerland?"

There's no shortage of memorable experiences here. After all, our mission is to put more life in your life, and the days packed full of life are the days you remember most.

Adventures Galore

From hiking & boating to zip-lining and cooking new foods, our trip is going to be full of fun, safe & exciting adventures, with plenty of off time as well. Expect to make new friends, visit new places, do new things, try new foods and experience different cultures in a deep and immersive fashion. You will be outside of your comfort zone at times, and you will also be deeper into your comfort zone than you've ever been before.

Included In This Trip

Nightly Accommodations

Your own bed every night from our first night in Boston, Massachusetts to our last night in Portland, Oregon.

All Planned Activities & Tickets To Attractions

Whether its visiting a museum, participating in a cooking class, doing a zip-line course or something else.

Food & Snacks

3 meals a day + snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. All travelers will get a pre-paid debit card (or cash depending on the location) so they can practice budgeting.

All Transportation

Planes, Trains, Busses, Taxis & More. Covered from our meeting spot in Boston to our ending location in Portland, Oregon.

Pre & Post Trip Check Ins

Our staff will check in with you ahead of time to prepare you for your trip, and facilitate group video chats so everyone can get to know each other ahead of time. We'll also follow up post trip for after care discussions, reflections & support.

Trip Updates On Our Private Social Media Site

We'll post regular updates for family & friends on our private social media site so they can see what you are up to!

Travel Insurance & Emergency Medical/Disaster Response Insurance

Insurance to cover everything from lost baggage to volcanos erupting. Ask us for details.

Not Included

Flights To Our Starting Destination And From Our Ending Destination

Our trip begins in Boston, MA and ends in Portland, OR. You'll need to arrange for your own transportation to our starting location and from our ending location. Ask us if you'd like help with the logistics of booking.

Souvenirs

This includes T-shirts, decorations, toys, etc. Keep in mind that anything more than T-Shirt in size will probably have to be shipped home because you'll be limited to carry on baggage.

Unplanned & Additional Activities

There will be plenty of free time where you can participate in other activities at your discretion. These aren't included in the price, and are offered by 3rd parties not affiliated with us. We will, however, to the best of our abilities provide guidance, advice, supervision and transportation.

Important Trip Notes

Passports & Visas
A valid passport with an expiration date AT LEAST 6 months out from the END of the trip is required. Please make sure the name on your passport is your full legal name & matches the name on any airline tickets you book separately (such as to/from our start or ending destinations).

Please make a copy of your passport and other important documents, and bring 1 copy with you, leave 1 copy at home, and email yourself 1 copy.

United States Citizens do not require a Visa to travel to Italy, Switzerland, Germany or Japan, but there are still some rules to be aware of. The EU Schengen Zone (which includes all of the countries in Europe that we will be visiting) allows for up to a 90 day stay every 180 days. So please make sure that you have not previously extensively traveled to Europe within 90 days of our trip start. Japan does not require a visa for US Citizens staying for less than 90 days.

Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet and comply with foreign entry requirements, health requirements and that you possess the appropriate travel documents. Contact us if you need assistance.
Itinerary Changes
Due to conditions such as weather, transportation schedules, public holidays, availability or other factors, we may make minor changes to this itinerary before or during the trip. We will advise you of any such changes as soon as possible.
Your Feedback
At the end of the trip, we'd love your feedback on what went well, what you liked and what you didn't. It'll help us improve for next time and inform the development of future itineraries.
Roommates
Except as noted below, you will have roommates on this trip. While you will have your own bed, you will be sharing a room with at least 1 other person (sometimes more than 1). We'd recommend bringing earplugs & an eye mask in case they snore.

We'll do our best to make sure your roommates are the same sex as you, however sometimes due to logistics outside of our control, we cannot guarantee this. (On a past trip we arrived at a hotel in Paris, on the hottest day on record, to be told that all the rooms with 3 beds in them didn't have working AC. So we had to choose between different sleeping arrangements than planned... or no Air Conditioning.)
Accommodations
We will be staying in a wide variety of accommodation types during our trip. It's important to be aware that our accommodations may differ very significantly from what you are used to at home, as we tend to stay in local style accommodations in order to experience the local culture. (Otherwise we'd just stay in a Marriott wherever we went... and where's the fun in that?)

Below is a list of accommodation types by location. Depending on transportation schedules, we may need to stay the night in a hotel by an airport as well.

Boston, MA: We'll stay in a shared house with shared bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms. This should be no different than what you are used to at home.

Tuscany: We'll stay in a private Villa with shared bedrooms with semi-private bathrooms. Think of it like a large, Italian house... because that's basically what it is.

Switzerland: We'll stay in shared bedrooms in a hostel with bunk beds and public bathrooms with shower stalls. (Note that you'll share sleeping rooms with other WanderRock travelers, but the bathrooms will be shared with everyone else staying at the hostel).

Erding: We'll stay in hotel rooms with multiple beds & at least 1 bathroom per hotel room. (This is as close as we get to a traditional, western style hotel room while on the road, and is exactly what you'd expect when you think of a standard hotel room).

Munich: We'll stay in shared rooms in a hostel with bunk beds and public bathrooms with shower stalls. (Note that you'll share sleeping rooms with other WanderRock travelers, but the bathrooms will be shared with everyone else staying at the hostel).

Tokyo: You'll get your own "pod" style room with a large bed, side table, and under bed storage. Bathrooms are shared between everyone at our pod hotel and have individual shower stalls.

Koya-San: We'll stay in a buddhist monastery in Tatami rooms with roll-away futon on the floor. These beds are traditional Japanese accommodations, and can be a bit firmer than you are used to. There are no private showers in the buddhist monastery and only a public Onsen (hot spring), with some stools and low shower heads to rinse yourself. This is a great way to experience a different culture, but also means other travelers will probably see you naked.

Nara: We'll stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn, which includes a Tatami room (like the one above), public common areas for lounging and dining, and an Onsen. Travelers will be expected to wear a Yukata, which is a traditional Japanese summer kimono while on property.

Portland, OR: We'll end in a shared house with shared bedrooms and semi-private bathrooms. This should be no different than what you are used to back home.
Traveling With Other People
Life on the road means that you may not get as much privacy as you are used to back home. With the exception of Tokyo, you'll be sharing a room with at least 1 other traveler. You'll be expected to keep your sleeping area neat (ish), and may only have a locker to put your things in at times (depending on the accommodation type). You'll also be expected to practice daily hygiene so that you don't cause discomfort to your fellow travelers. Remember that not everywhere we are staying will have standard, western-style showers. Please bring a small towel, a combination lock and bar of soap in case they are needed.
Downtime
Our daily itinerary is split into morning/afternoon/evening periods and we aim to allow for daily downtime during one of these periods every day (excluding travel days of course). This is your time to do laundry, call home, play games with your fellow travelers, explore the area, do some shopping or whatever else suits you.
Transportation
This trip involves 3 flights, all of which are over 8 hours in length. You'll be in Economy class and there may or may not be entertainment options available on the flight, so plan accordingly. On the ground, we will primarily be traveling by train, and will have a few train trips that are 5+ hours in length. In Japan we'll take the famous Shinkansen (bullet train) between some destinations, and slower rail between others. You should be in good health and easily able to sit for multiple hours at a time.
Money
A WanderRock trip includes daily expenses such as food, snacks, lodging & transportation, but you should still bring some extra cash for emergencies, shopping & optional activities. We also highly recommend not bringing one large sum of money, but having some cash on hand and access to an ATM card to withdraw more as necessary.

Daily expenses are covered in the trip fee, and travelers will get a debit card or cash per week to spend and practice budgeting.
Emergency Contingencies
We plan for every known contingency, but unexpected things can and do occur when traveling. If such emergencies occur, we'll do our best to resolve the situation. This may include re-routing part of our itinerary due to natural disaster, extending or shortening the length of our stay in certain locations or other remedies as the situation requires.

Whatever happens, you can be assured we'll keep everyone traveling with us (and family back at home) advised of the situation, and will communicate as much as possible. Please see "Problems & Emergency Contact Info" in the Health & Safety section below for more details about personal issues such as Illness, Meltdowns or Injury.
Commissions
Unlike 99% of the tourism & travel industry, we do not get commissions from local vendors for bringing our travelers to them for purchases. This allows us to recommend activities based on genuine fit, rather than who will make us the most money.
Packing
A complete guide to packing, including a packing list, will be sent to you closer to the trip date. For now, here's some basic guidelines and requirements: We require all of our travelers to pack for Carry-On only, which means no checked bags are allowed. You should plan on packing 7 days worth of clothes, as there will be plenty of laundry opportunities along our itinerary.

As far as suitcases and luggage are concerned, we HIGHLY suggest that you bring a backpack of no more than 40L in size as your main bag. You'll find it much easier to handle a backpack than a rolling suitcase. We will provide guidance on specific brands, sizing & more in our packing guide, which will be sent to you after enrollment.
Laundry
Throughout our trip we will have access to laundry services, either in our accommodations or at a nearby laundromat. There will be plenty of times each week to do laundry in down time, but laundry services may not be available every day of the trip. Your guides will advise you on the best days & times to do laundry, and assist as needed.
Climate Information
We'll be traveling during the summer to places that can get moderately hot, and we may be outside all day so you should plan accordingly. We'd recommend bringing some solid sunscreen and buying more once we land in Europe and Japan, as well as bringing some light weight, long sleeve clothes. It's also important to note that a few of our locations may have cool evenings, and if you choose to take the train in Swizterland to Jungfraujoch ("The Top of Europe"), it is slightly above freezing year round, and thus will be very cold.

It's also worth mentioning that Japan can be very humid during the summer, so bringing a reusable water bottle and keeping well hydrated will be an essential part of surviving and thriving in the heat & humidity.
WanderRock Guides
Our WanderRock guides are here to help you have the best trip you possibly can. They come from many walks of life, from yoga instructors to outdoor adventure guides to people who have worked helping college kids be more independent, and bring their expertise with them to help guide you through the trip.

Unlike a tour guide, they are not deeply knowledgeable about specific touristic attractions & the history of an area, but are trained in things like first aid & CPR, conflict resolution, peacekeeping and basic outdoor survival.

On travel days, you will be split into 1 of 3 different groups, each with 4 travelers and 1 guide, and you are expected to follow their instructions on trains, planes, busses and other modes of transit.
Group Behavior
We expect all travelers to behave in a way that is respectful of the cultures, places & people that we are interacting with, and to be respectful of the other travelers and their preferences. Should issues arise, our guides are trained in conflict resolution and will do their best to diffuse and resolve the situation. In extreme situations where a travelers behavior is a consistent and major disruption to the group, or in cases of concern for the health & safety of any of our travelers, our guides may, at their discretion, remove a traveler from the group, without a refund. In that case, we will escort the traveler to the nearest international airport and assist them with arranging for transit back home.
Behaviors That Aren't Tolerated
Abuse & Bullying: Everyone has the right to feel safe & accepted when on our trips. For that reason, verbal abuse, physical abuse, bullying and sexual harassment focused on any person (whether thats a fellow traveler, guide or local person) will not be tolerated, and our trained guides will deal with those situations swiftly. Should a traveler be found to be in violation of this policy, they will be removed from the group and escorted to the nearest international airport once arrangements have been made for them to travel back home.

Sexual Relations: No sexual relations are permitted between guides & travelers. We also highly discourage developing intimate relationships with your fellow travelers until you arrive back in the United States.

Sex Tourism: Patronizing sex workers isn't tolerated on any WanderRock trip. Anyone who is found to be in violation of this policy will be removed from the group and escorted to the nearest international airport once arrangements have been made for them to travel back home.

Drugs & Alcohol: Use or possession of illegal drugs (as determined by the laws of the country we are in) is not tolerated on any WanderRock trip. If you choose to drink alcohol, you must be at least the legal age to do so in that country, and we expect you to do so in a responsible manner.

Recklessness: We expect all of our travelers to maintain situational awareness and keep themselves safe. Any traveler who has consistently demonstrated an extreme lack of judgement when it comes to keeping themselves safe will be removed from the group and escorted to the nearest international airport once arrangements have been made for them to travel back home, for their own safety.

Note that we are talking about "walks out into the middle of traffic repeatedly" type recklessness, not "forgets to lock the hotel room door".

Health & Safety

Rigors of Travel
World-wide travel can be a stressful & amazingly exciting experience at the same time. All travelers need to make sure they are ready to handle the rigors of jet lag, long plane flights, and disruptions to their normal routine, and need to be healthy enough to go on the trip.

Flexibility is a key trait that will help you have a great time. You may have to let go of some preferences you have back home, as we may not be able to accommodate your requests, and may have to change our itinerary at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances.
Food & Dietary Requirements
When traveling with us, you'll experience the vast array of food available in the world. Some of it will be extremely foreign, and some extremely familiar. We'll do our best to work with your preferences and make sure that you always have something that you can eat, but can't make any guarantees.

If you have certain food allergies, we'll work to the best of our abilities to help you eat food that is safe for you, but can't make any guarantees for many reasons, including language barriers, lack of control of the supply, cultural differences, and lack of choices. If having a certain type of food is a life or death situation for you, this probably isn't the trip for you.

That being said, the locations we are going to are big enough to generally provide as much choice as you are used to at home.
Vaccines & Diseases
All WanderRock trips avoid areas that have incidents of Yellow Fever and other tropical diseases like Zika and Dengue Fever. On this trip to Europe & Japan, you'll need to take the same sort of precautions you do at home. Make sure to wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer, and maintain proper hygiene.

Please consult your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website for guidance on specific vaccines you may need.
Crime & Theft
We are traveling to areas that have little to no violent crime, and very little petty theft, but it is still important to be aware of your surroundings, especially in cities and on public transportation. We recommend carrying a safety whistle and a lock for your bag.
Drinking & Drugs
The use of illegal drugs is not permitted on any WanderRock trip, and is grounds for immediate removal from the program without a refund. If you choose to drink alcohol, we expect you to do so in a responsible manner and in line with the laws of the country we are currently in at the time. You will be expected to respect all laws of the country that we are currently in.
Problems & Emergency Contact Info
Should problems arise, whether that be an illness, injury, emotional overwhelming event, or lost baggage, the WanderRock guides accompanying you on your trip are your first place to turn to for help. If, for some reason, you don't feel safe turning to them for help, you may call our Stateside Support phone number for assistance, where someone from the WanderRock office will be standing by to help resolve your issue in a satisfactory way.

All travelers will also get the number for our travel insurance company, and our emergency response service, that can provide services ranging from translation to repatriation, depending on the circumstances.

Common Questions

For Travelers:
How do I know that I'm going to have a good time?
The number 1 key to you having a good time is a willingness to be flexible. Traveling to new places is ALWAYS different than you imagine it to be in your head, because no matter the amount of pictures, videos & guidebooks you look at, the only way to truly know a place is to go there.

So if you are someone who has a strong idea of what you are expecting, but you aren't willing to change or re-evaluate that idea then you might not have a good time. But as long as you remain flexible and take it day as it actually is, instead of how you think it should be, then this will be the trip of a lifetime.
Who are the other people going on this trip?
Broadly speaking, they are other people aged 18 - 28 who are also interested in getting more life in their life. We carefully screen everyone through an application process to make sure that they are a good fit for both the trip and the group that is forming to make sure that everyone will get along, have a great time and be able to handle the stressors of around the world travel.
How do I know if this trip is right for me?
All WanderRock trips share a few characteristics, and you can read about our overall program ethos here, which describes the type of person that usually goes on our trips (as well as some legal and logistical requirements, like being between ages 18-28).

As far as this trip specifically, we suggest you read the Itinerary and Important Notes and ask yourself if what we've described sounds like something that interests you. If you have any questions or want to talk to someone, you can contact us here.
For Parents:
What training & experience do the WanderRock guides have?
All WanderRock guides are trained in First Aid, CPR & conflict resolution skills, in addition to the obvious of detailed knowledge of the itinerary and local areas we will be visiting. They come from various walks of life including yoga instructors, backpacking guides, college & life skills coordinators and more.

We try to keep our guides the same ages as our travelers because we aim to have the feel of a group of peers traveling, rather than a dynamic of the adult authority and the children that follow.
What outcomes can I expect my child to get out of a WanderRock trip?
Our trips are designed around our main ethos of putting more life into our travelers lives. In plain English, that means that, for us, travel is just the delivery mechanism to cause maximum maturity, growth, perspective & life experience in the minimum amount of time.

Our curriculum is focused around having our travelers gain 4 distinct types of skills: executive functioning skills, perspective & wisdom building skills, self care & emotional regulation skills and social & community engagement skills. You can read more about our curriculum here.
What types of follow up happen before & after the trip?
Starting 1 month before our trip starts, we'll get all of our travelers together via video chat to get to know each other and go over logistics such as what to bring. We'll also have a 1-on-1 session with each traveler to help them overcome any concerns they have and start to focus on what they'd like to get out of the trip.

After the trip we will extensively follow up with both group and 1-on-1 sessions to make sure that our travelers and settling back into regular life well and integrating what they've learned.
How big is the group on each trip?
Our groups have 12 travelers and 3 guides, which provides a 4:1 ratio.
What makes a WanderRock trip different then other travel programs?
A WanderRock trip is unlike any experience out there. We believe that new experiences, deep connections to place & people, and experiencing different ways of life are some of the best ways to improve your life, get unstuck and build life skills. Unlike most other programs that have a therapeutic focus and are staffed by therapists, doctors and other medical professionals, our WanderRock guides are travelers, outdoor adventure education guides, yoga instructors and more.

Our trips are unique because we focus on:

Small Groups: All WanderRock trips are a maximum of 12 travelers and 3 guides, which allows for a tight knit social & support net to form. No one will get lost in the crowd with our 4:1 ratio.

2 Continents: Our focus is on putting more life in your life, which means giving you the maximum perspective possible, so all WanderRock trips visit at least 2 continents so that our travelers can experience vastly different cultures and deeper their own wisdom and perspective about themselves & the world they live in.

"Lived It" Personal Experience: WanderRock was founded by neuro-diverse people who deeply understand what its like to live with Asperger's, ADD, Anxiety, Depression, etc... because we've lived it ourselves. We take that personal experience into consideration when designing our trips so that they induce growth and provide challenge... but aren't completely overwhelming or overstimulating.

Pre & Post-Trip Follow Up: Starting about a month before each trip starts we connect all of our travelers together in a series of video calls to get to know each other, teach travel skills and help allay perfectly normal pre-travel jitters and anxieties. Unlike other programs, we have an extensive & thorough post-trip follow up program to make sure that all of our travelers are settling into regular life well. We also have our own private social media site to share photos and stay in touch.

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Interested in joining us? All travelers are required to complete an application and short interview to make sure that WanderRock is a good fit. Fill out the application below and we'll be in touch within 48 hours to discuss and setup a time to talk via video chat.
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