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Explorer Chick is an Adventure Travel Company offering Women-Only, Small Group Tours and Workshops.

Our Philosophy is Simple: Go Outside and Play.

About Us



Bucket List Adventures

Why Choose Us?

Our Explorer Chicks

We are Real Women! We are a forged Sisterhood of fierce women sharing love, laughter, kindness, support, un-ladylike behavior, and insane amounts of fun to step way outside of our comfort levels, to experience a destination, and to vibrantly live life.

Our Trips

We are not mainstream! We curate BAD ASS trips that must meet our high standards of adventure to check off your bucket list, challenge you mentally and physically, empower you through workshops, connect you to like-minded women, and quite possibly change your life.

Our Team

We are here for you! We are your Explorer Chick Advocates keeping your experience at the forefront of our minds from the spark of an idea to adventure curation, itinerary planning, personal service, trip management, and the inevitable She-Nanigans.

"Explorer Chick Adventure put together a wonderful backpack trip at Red River Gorge. We had an awesome time, Nicki and Lynsey did such a great job organizing everything and teaching us the backpack basics. I can't wait for the next trip!!!"

– Erin S.
Trip: (Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop)

"Guuuuuurl book that trip! ‍♀️ 2016 was a bit of a rough year for me and was filled with some big life changes. To say the least I was not in a good place. I happened to come across EC randomly on the app Meetup and quickly started checking out all the adventures. I had never been out of the country before so the Dominican trip immediately caught my eye. It took me a few days, but finally decided I needed to go on this trip. At first I was a little intimidated; I was a solo traveler on my first trip out of the country meeting up with women whom I’ve never met. But, the minute I arrived at the hotel and was greeted by a very enthusiastic Nicki that intimidation went away. This is the exact trip that I needed, and let me just say you’ll walk away feeling like such a complete BADASS!! My favorite part was probably the canyoning trip through Ciguapa Falls. It was a challenge and I loved it. I was sore the next day, but it was the good kind of sore. :) I left the Dominican with new friends and feeling so empowered. This was such a great start to my 2017, and made me completely forget about my crappy 2016. Since then I’ve been on the overnight backpacking workshop to red river gorge, and I can’t wait for more EC adventures in the future! "

– Abbey T.
Trip: (Dominican Republic Tropical Adventure)

"My first EC experience was a meetup at Climb Time in Blue Ash. It was my first time rock climbing and it was a great experience. Then this past summer I had the pleasure of attending the EC WILD Weekend in West Virginia with 40+ other women. Nicki and Becca thought of everything and made sure everyone felt welcome, included, and comfortable. The trip first appealed to me because I didn't have to worry about researching and organizing anything. It was a great value for the all-inclusive price: 4 meals, cute commemorative tank top, full day whitewater rafting, access to the waterpark, 3 nights of camping with 'real' showers and bathrooms, inspirational speaker, campfires and smores-gasbord. Not to mention the beautiful sights, fun and exciting adventures, building new friendships, tons of laughs, and countless memories... priceless. Looking forward to many more EC adventures!"

– Cynthia R.
Trip: (West Virginia Wild)

"I traveled to Moab, UT in April 2017 - dirtbag camping Explorer Chick style! As the oldest in the group (53), I was nervous about keeping up. But every single woman was welcoming and supportive - genuine camaraderie right from the start. The week was filled with marvelous adventures, with each of us able to set our own pace and push our own boundaries - encouragement, not judgement. And when there was a hiccup or two (like 40 mph winds trying to blow the tents away), we deemed that part of the adventure. Were we lucky to have a great group of women? Absolutely. BUT, it wasn't just luck. Without question, Nicki and Becca set the tone from the start. They are loving and adventurous souls and their spirit is infectious. Thank you, sisters! I look forward to next time!"

– Meg B.
Trip: (Moab Dirtbag Adventure)

"My trip to the Dominican Republic with the Explorer Chick Adventure CO. was INCREDIBLE!!! Nicki was a Rock Star!!! All the tours that were planned went off without a hitch and were an Experience of a lifetime. She really went above and beyond to make sure she had the Best tour operators/instructors, Badass adventures, delicious restaurants and an Awesome hotel so that we could have the BEST week ever. Every night she would prep you for the next day,so you were always very well prepared for the next adventure. It was so much fun being with a group of women encouraging and inspiring you throughout the week. I can't wait to go on my next Explorer Chick Adventure!!!"

– Cheryl J.
Trip: (Dominican Republic Tropical Adventure)

"I had an awesome time with EC on the West Virginia Wild trip and the Smoky Mountain adventure!! Explorer Chick does not disappoint. So many awesome memories and friendships made."

– Carrie H.
Trip: (West Virginia Wild)

"To all women looking to be more bold, more adventurous and more encouraged, this is for you! I am 24 years old, traveled alone, and I joined Explorer Chick in April of 2017 on the Moab, UT trip and the trip changed my perspective about myself but changed how I wanted to better support myself and other women in back at home! First, the guidance and leadership of Nick and Becca was unbelievable. Not only were they accommodating, but respectful of each of the women's beliefs, boundaries, physical limitations and interests. They shared their experiences, their backgrounds and truly helped facilitate a connection with each of the attendees and the group as a whole. No matter what we were off doing we felt safe, encouraged, supported, and challenged during this trip. I can wholeheartedly say that I felt more self aware and invigorated on this trip that ANY other I've taken. To think that without relying on a man to lead and protect me we totally kicked butt and had a fantastic time doing so! I was so proud to have pushed myself to be there and be with those women, working through our challenges TOGETHER; all the while being able to take my shirt off when I got hot, pee in the bushes, and openly hand out tampons without making a man "uncomfortable". I encourage any women considering taking a trip with Explorer Chick to go for it! Reach out, ask questions and get started on your next adventure. XOXO -Past explorer and future supporter"

– Raschell W.
Trip: (Moab Dirtbag Adventure)

"I went on a trip to Moab, UT this past April (2017). It was one of the best trips I have ever been on! I waned to explore the parks in Utah, but didn't feel confident doing it alone. I found Explorer Chick and am so glad I did. The whole trip was so much fun and we got to see and do so much. Nikki & Becca were the best guides I could've asked for and I had so much fun with the the other girls on the trip! I had such a great time that I am already booked on another trip next year and will definitely continue to travel with Explorer Chick in the future!"

– Sara G.
Trip: (Moab Dirtbag Adventure)

"I've been on two trips so far with Explorer Chick Adventure Co (Backpacking in Red River Gorge, KY and a multitude of adventures at Wild! West Virginia) and have the Baja Mexico trip coming up this January! I can't speak praise high enough for this wonderful company and its fearless leader. All trips have been beyond expectations, pushed my boundaries, and made me into a more comfortable woman claiming outdoor adventure as a way of life I love! Perhaps best of all are the friendships I have created with the women I have met on these adventures. Great company!!"

– Jamie J.
Trip: (West Virginia Wild)

"I got to go on the DR trip back in March 2017 and I had the time of my life. Were surfing and waterfall jumping is so much fun that you want to do it over and over again.. I not only made new friends I pushed myself to do things I would have never done by myself. I have a great group of women there to help each other, I had an awesome person who was in charge of making sure everyone was happy and encouraging everyone to have fun. Nikki’s is an amazing lady and a great person who I call a friend. I’m planning on going on another trip in the future."

– Julie K.
Trip: (Dominican Republic Tropical Adventure)

"I’ve traveled with Explorer Chick and attended local ‘mini’ adventures! I’ve gone rock climbing, backpacking, zip lining, and done aerial silks. Every experience has been an awesome, positive adventure! Nicki does an awesome job organizing the trips and is personable and knowledgeable! She had all the details worked out, especially on the backpacking workshop where we borrowed gear, and she provided all the food (except snacks). All the women I’ve met have been very cool and I highly recommend EC to any woman looking to try new things!"

– Bailey U.
Trip: (Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop)

"So much fun. I’ll be back next year. Met a great bunch of women of every variety. Truly appreciate all the support from the repelling and climbing gang Sunday morning. I was terrified but everyone cheered me on and helped me conquer my fears. I may not jump at the chance to do it again but I can at least say I did it once. Being in the front of the raft is a blast. Literally. Blasted with water on every rapid so refreshing. SUP quite the challenge going up river and fighting the current. Beautiful day and lots of fun paddling no where fast. Think I might stick to lake SUP for a while. Got really good at getting back on the board after falling off a few times."

– Theresa L.
Trip: (West Virginia Wild)

"Amazing adventure and so happy to have been amongst this wonderful, bad ass group of ladies!!! Nicki is an incredible tour leader/inspiration/“cheerleader”/hostest with mostest who not only embarked on this incredible journey with us but ensured we had the best experience as possible! It is soooooo nice to have had “Explorer Chick” to organize a memorable adventure such as this so we could simply enjoy all the different activities for the week! Words cannot convey how impactful this trip was for me personally. I experienced so many “firsts” and all I can think about is what other “firsts” still await in my future! Thank-you again to Nicki, Explorer Chick, Extreme Hotel, and the many adventure partnerships you have flourished for future adventurers!!! Watch out because I know I will be back!!!!"

– Heather G.
Trip: (Dominican Republic Tropical Adventure)

"I went on the Virginia survival trip in June 2017 and had the best time! I had not gone on a trip since having my son and being able to hang out with such a diverse group of women was a renewing experience. The trip was well organized, the hikes were beautiful and the partnership with the survival school was a one in a kind experience. Being able to bond with women from all over the country with different life experiences was more than I expected or hoped for in this well as eating some delicious bugs!"

– Kristin W.
Trip: (Virginia Hiking & Survival 101)

"This was the absolute most amazing trip of my LIFE!!! All the women, adventures and scenery will forever be in my heart and mind as a weekend to never forget! Thank you Nikki for starting something that brings women from all across the United States together to celebrate, encourage and support the wild wonderer in us all. The rafting was so much fun and the day couldn’t have been more perfect with the bright sun shinning and a little breeze as the rapid splashed up in my face haha. Kayaking was so relaxing, gliding underneath the waterfalls and swimming in the cool water by the rocks. If you have never gone ziplining I highly recommend! Nothing like jumping off the edge into the sky and flying across the rock valley underneath upside down feeling like spiderman To any woman questioning whether she has the time, money or if this trip is worth doing….YES IT IS!! DON’T HESITATE!! Plan, save and show up ready to experience a once in a lifetime adventure. xoxo v."

– Veronica
Trip: (West Virginia Wild)

"Well worth it. I’m so glad I went on this trip. I was a little nervous about whether or not I could keep up with everyone. It was an exciting and challenging adventure and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Made new friends, ate new foods and learned a lot about myself. So much better than a boring all inclusive resort."

– Theresa L.
Trip: (Dominican Republic Tropical Adventure)

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