OUR STORY

I’m guessing you probably have a view of travelling which I’m guessing isn’t that different from mine! You travel because you want to connect with the world and its people and at the same time connect with yourself. You want to see all the incredible things that the world has to offer, but you want them to be real and authentic.

YOU’RE TIRED OF THE BLAND, MASS PRODUCED HOLIDAYS ON OFFER AND WANT SOMETHING MORE.

You want more meaningful moments and satisfaction. You want to immerse yourself in the culture, experience new things, taste the local food and love meeting people from all over the world… but be damn sure you want a comfy bed and a hot shower at the end of the day!

So when looking for holidays that don’t pander to western standards – it surprised me that traditional travel companies didn’t have what we were looking for…so we created an agency that does!

TRAILBLAZERS TRAVEL OFFER INSPIRATIONAL SMALL GROUP TOURS AND SUSTAINABLE HOLIDAYS. WE ARE A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS COMPANY THAT GIVES YOU INCREDIBLE MEMORIES WITH FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES WHILE IMPROVING LIVES OF THOSE LESS FORTUNATE, EVERY TIME YOU TRAVEL.

By travelling sustainably, you give job opportunities to locals, you keep the income in the communities which has a massive ripple effect. You allow traditions and rituals to be passed on to future generations, giving locals a sustainable lifestyle within rural communities, outside of the big cities. We work with locals in the countries we visit, to create adventures that change the world.

One of the many benefits of travel is it provides us with new perspectives. The tales we hear and friendships forged are ones that hang around well after the tan has faded. Our travellers are from all walks of life, what unites them is where they are going.

We have many wonderful travel experiences from small group tours leaving on a designated departure date or holidays you can take any time that suits you!  I’d love to chat with you to find a holiday that suits you perfectly!  

TRAVEL WITH US AND TOGETHER, LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD.

What is responsible and sustainable travel?

At Trailblazers, responsible and sustainable travel is ensuring our tour partners are creating jobs and opportunity for locals, it’s about staying in small scale lodgings with local staff so the income from tourism stays local rather than being shipped offshore.

It’s ensuring interactions with people, communities and animals are a positive experience and not an exploitation of resources. It’s about showing respect to the people and engage with them in a dignified way.

Please see our Giving Back section for information on how your travel helps empower those less privileged and alleviate poverty. We’d love to have you join us! 

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER BEL

For as long as I remember I have always wanted to give back in some capacity. I knew if I could improve the lives of even a few people, I’d feel pretty damn good.

I feel travelling to developing regions and seeing people with limited access to basic life needs, shaped me to see the world through compassionate eyes and helped propel me forward to be a crusader to those who are trying to lift themselves from the enduring poverty cycleIt got me thinking..

HOW COULD I CREATE HOPE, EMPOWERMENT & CHANGE FOR THOSE TRYING TO RISE FROM POVERTY?

My answer was to use my passion for travel and my desire to give back and start a movement and use travel as a force for good by offering inspiring holiday experiences that just so happen to leave a legacy.

Giving runs throughout my life, it’s part of who I am. I believe I’m easy to get along with, am loyal and look for the best in everyone. There’s nothing pretentious happening over here. I probably swear too much and most days, the only make up I can manage is a whoosh of mascara as I’m walking out the door which usually ends up as a tragic panda eyed mess by the time I arrive at the gym.  Oh yeah, I go to the gym but only to balance out what I do for the other 23 hours of the day!

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I love yoga and meditation but don’t do either as often as I should. I don’t say no often enough and indulge my 6-year-old nephew in ways I never would if he was mine (oops!). Are we still friends after divulging all the good, bad and ugly? My biggest wish is yes, we are still friends and that you will come along and support me and my vision to make this amazing planet we live on, a better and fairer place for all.

Bel x

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Bel with guides and porter after gorilla trekking
Rwandan dancer
Fun at dinner
Heading out on afternoon game drive
Cultural Immersion
Tiff meets the locals in Soweto

Why the Hummingbird as our logo?

I instantly loved this story and it totally resonated with my ‘why’. I knew from that moment, that Trailblazers Travel would become the hummingbird.

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women’s rights advocate,and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai.

“The story of the hummingbird is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All the animals in the forest come out and they are transfixed as they watch the forest burning and they feel very overwhelmed, very powerless, except this little hummingbird.

It says, ‘I’m going to do something about the fire!’ So it flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water. It puts it on the fire, and goes up and down, up and down, up and down, as fast as it can.

In the meantime all the other animals, much bigger animals like the elephant with a big trunk that could bring much more water, they are standing there helpless. And they are saying to the hummingbird, ‘What do you think you can do? You are too little. This fire is too big. Your wings are too little and your beak is so small that you can only bring a small drop of water at a time.’​

But as they continue to discourage it, it turns to them without wasting any time and it tells them, ‘I am doing the best I can.’​

And that to me is what all of us should do. We should always be like a hummingbird. I may be insignificant, but I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching the planet go down the drain. I will be a hummingbird, I will do the best I can.​”