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Adventure Travel Tours for Women

Discover your next adventure of a lifetime:

This isn’t just a vacation. This is adventure travel for women like you.

Experience your World with new friends and a healthy dose of SHE-nanigans 

Explorer Chick is empowering women to live their best lives. How? Through the shared experience of our kickass outdoor adventure travel tours! We provide exciting itineraries to global destinations, a supportive adventure-loving community, uncommon experiences, and our signature SHE-nanigans.

Discover your awaiting adventure — from a local day tour, a weekend road trip, or your next travel bucket list vacation of a lifetime. Whether you arrive as a female solo traveler or with several of your closest girlfriends, you’ll be greeted by a small group of like-minded women travelers of all ages. The best part? You are taken care of by Explorer Chick’s professional guides. They handle all the details: from food to accommodations to gear to extra words of encouragement when you need them most. Leaving the planning to us means freeing yourself to simply wander and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

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Why Choose Us?

Our Explorer Chicks

Explorer Chicks are fierce, strong women who expect to return home from adventure tours with a few scrapes and bruises along with revived gratitude for life. Together, we are community of supportive women drawn together by challenging adventure. We are real women who want to embark on real adventures. 

Our Adventures

We look at an adventure travel destination through the eyes of our eight-year-old daring selves. We think, "What is the most fun and immersive way to play in this location?" Then we let our imaginations run wild. The result is BOLD travel that is proudly not mainstream, but challenging, empowering, and life changing.

Our Team

"Give Explorer Chicks what they never dreamed possible." This is our mantra, empowering us to find our edge so you can push yours. We are your Explorer Chick Advocate with your experience in mind—from the spark of an idea to adventure tour curation with personal service and inevitable SHE-nanigans.

"This was my first adventure with the Explorer Chicks. I was not disappointed! Between all the different backgrounds, ages and abilities, this group of women worriers are who you want to spend a long weekend with refueling your wild side. Dealing with a soggy campground upon arrival from much rainfall, it was a matter of minutes that total strangers were coming over to help set our tents up to get the shenani-gans underway. I had no idea what to expect so packing was uncertain. Know this, there is NO electricity so don't pack a 50' extension cord. No water at your primitive camp site so bring it. But lovely utility sinks at shower houses, which has plenty of hot water for sinks and showers to wash dishes or a dirty body. Flashlights or headlamps are a must because the glorious stars are not enough light to see your way to the restrooms at night. Bring a canopy if you own one. Its awesome to chill under between adventures and out of the hot sun or falling rain. All excursions are wonderful says everyone who has ever done one. I brought my own kayaks/paddle-board to venture out on Summerville lake and was blown away on its distinguished cliffs, waterfalls and caves. If I were to pass along words of wisdom...bring accelerants for fire starting. A hot fire melts chocolate faster and browns a marshmallow perfectly. I highly recommend this trip, and surrounding yourself with like minded adventurous women always does the soul good."

– Shannon Barhorst
Trip: (West Virginia Wild Weekend)

"Just back from Patagonia - WOW!!!! Fantastically beautiful country, and I experienced so much more than I imagined: trekking on a glacier, traversing a Via Ferrata, hiking in postcard-worthy scenery at all times, and seeing condors, a puma (!) and chilean flamingos! You gotta work hard for those views, but it is worth it! Thank you, EC, for pushing my physical, emotional and mental boundaries!"

– Meg Bostrom
Trip: (Private: Patagonia Hiking & Multi-Sport Adventure)

"This trip was awesome! I learned so much and had a blast. We had some beautiful fall weather. Even though there was a fire ban due to the dryness of the landscape, our guide made sure we had "fire" and s'mores. She really went the extra mile to make the trip informative and enjoyable for everyone!"

– Melissa
Trip: (Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop)

"What a wonderful experience. Not only the opportunity to learn about the phenomenal chimpanzee sanctuary for retired chimps who had been "used" for experimental purposes but the chance to meet, share and work along side such an awesome group of women. Kimberly Glock was our Explorer Chick Ambassador and I loved her. She is such an inspiring individual. I have been scouring the Explorer Chick website to plan my next adventure."

– Joanie Baker
Trip: (Private: Georgia Chimpanzee Sanctuary Experience)

"I’m a shy person, had never really climbed before and so was very nervous, but wanted to try this mini-trip for a new experience! Our group was very supportive, friendly and fun as were our climbing guides and ambassador Sarah. I’m glad I decided to take a risk and go outside of my comfort zone. It was a lot of fun to see women encouraging each other! :)"

– Emily V
Trip: (Private: Maryland Appalachian Trail Trek & Rock Climb)

"This mini was well organized, challenging, and so much fun!! The guides were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable; and our EC ambassador was funny and was simply the “icing on the cake”, loved her so much. I look forward to the next adventure. Thank you!"

– Judy Bennett
Trip: (Private: Maryland Appalachian Trail Trek & Rock Climb)

"This overnight is SO MUCH FUN! You learn so much about the programs at the Cincinnati Zoo while bonding with other like minded, adventurous, and wonderful women! You also can't beat having some s'mores by a campfire! We had the best time ever!"

– Jessie Niehaus
Trip: (Private: Cincinnati Zoo Africa Slumber Party)

"I cannot even begin to describe how the Virginia hiking and survival 101 experience exceeded my expectations. I was incredibly impressed with the efficiency and timeliness of each day of the trip as a means of maximizing all activities. You could tell that our guide, Becca, really took everyone’s goals for the trip to heart and did whatever she could to assist us. Everything from the brewery outing to the survival school training with Dina was impeccable. My favorite trips are ones in which I stay active and learn new things. This was the perfect trip for that! I plan to practice what I learned from the trip (both personally and practically) to continue to fuel the flame of confidence ignited by the whole 4 days. Lastly, I am so appreciative of the other explorer chicks that were part of this experience. Talk about a group of incredibly intelligent, hard-working, and badass women! It was wonderful to share and discuss life experiences, have a laugh, and take in the world around us all while hiking to and from some of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Thank you Explorer Chicks for what you do for women each and every day!! Love, Celeste"

– Celeste Hollensead
Trip: (Wilderness Survival Training + Hiking in Catawba, VA)

"First trip w/ Explorer Chick and was outstanding!! The only thing I would've done differently is actually train more. Jenn and Lauren were excellent guides. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone thinking about going. I flew into the Knoxville airport, rented a car and drove to the campsite. Easy airport to get in and out. Prior to trip, good communication. Answered all my questions in a timely manner. Good experience all around."

– Kristen
Trip: (Smoky Mountains Hiking + Glamping Weekend)

"I have been on two fabulous adventures with Explorer Chick Adventure Co.; both the Red River Gorge and West Virginia trips were amazing! Thanks to these trips, I achieved my goals of learning how to camp and backpack. Plus, I made some new friends along the way. I now feel more competent and confident to go on any outdoor adventure. I would highly recommend any adventure they offer. Go and change your life!"

– Kelly Keene
Trip: (Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop)

"Vegas April 2019 - Loved, loved loved it! Many thanks to our guide/leader/spiritual adviser/confidant, Jaime for making this experience enjoyable and fuss-free. It was wonderful to meet and share this adventure with such a variety of strong, independent, "bold", sweet souls. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be introduced/participate in places and things that I never would have on my own. This outing made me feel so alive and free. Life is good, and I want more!"

– Jodi B
Trip: (Las Vegas Vacation Weekend Adventure)

"Vegas vacation was .... absolutely fantastic experience! It was an adventure from start to finish. Women on the trip came there for different reasons and had different backgrounds, but the group dynamics was great. Every day we pushed own limits with climbing red rock canyon rappelling, peddling against 15 mph winds, hiking hidden trails, and through it all there was support and encouragement for each other... Jamie- our guide - you are the best! Thank you Explorer Chick for creating this adventure for me!"

– Inna C
Trip: (Las Vegas Vacation Weekend Adventure)

"I had the most fun I had all year with a great group of wacky women. Danced my ass off at the clubhouse Saturday night after amazing rafting. Can not wait to do it all again."

– Cheryl Chambers
Trip: (West Virginia Wild Weekend)

"Absolutely loved my first adventure. Climbed higher than I anticipated and loved starting new friendships with amazing women. The trip was so well organized. I’m hooked and looking forward to picking my next adventure."

– Kimberly Hauser
Trip: (Kentucky Tree Climbing Adventure)

"Wow, what an adventure! With the help of Guide Becca and Icelandic guide Tinna, we had a blast. Lots of walking, some climbing and kayaking. Food was plentiful and home made by the guides. Hostels were clean and comfortable, and the bus we got around on was big enough for comfort and small enough for speed. We saw the lights on our last night out and it was truly spectacular. In some locations, the wind can be brutally cold and very high. We encountered 80 mph gusts in a few places. Check the weather leading up to your departure- most of us were surprised it was warmer than where we live in the states. It is VERY wet , so make sure your gear is waterproof. Every hostel had hair dryers but bring your own shampoo/ conditioner and make sure you have any Over the Counter items you need, because the pharmacies , like everything, are pricey! With yoga pants, sweater and boots you will be dressed up enough for anything in the city. It's a casual place with very friendly people. While the trip is 'easy to moderate' the walking is never level, there are lots of hills, so girls, check your cardio fitness. I wish I had!! LOL"

– Meg Hughes
Trip: (Private: Iceland Northern Lights Adventure)

"As soon as the Kentucky highway turned into Mountain Parkway, I knew this was going to be amazing. The ride up into the mountains eventually turns to a winding gravel road and a wooden state park sign welcomes you to Backcountry Camping~pure magic. Our guide, Hannah, greeted us warmly with Explorer Chick swag , showed us how to minimize our pack, pack it properly and ensure a comfortable fit. She was knowledgeable, patient, and supportive every step of the way and taught us So many valuable gear and trail tips. I can't say enough about what a great opportunity this was, if you have Any interest in backpacking, take this workshop, there isn't a better way to start out."

– Kristen
Trip: (Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop)

"I would not have changed one single thing about our week in Peru. It was just the right mix of challenging and fun. Every day was packed full of new adventure and I was able to truly be present in every moment. The shaman blessing was a unique experience I will never forget. Of course, who you travel WITH is as important as where you travel TO, and our group of 11 fearless ladies shared something amazing. These views are ones you have to work for, but they are worth every step."

– Lisa Ventrella
Trip: (Machu Picchu + Rainbow Mountain Adventure)

"Hannah did an amazing job leading our Backpacking Basics trip in Red River Gorge. You want challenge? You want to learn? You want to have fun doing it? You'll find it here! Our group was diverse in age, experience, occupation and city of origin, but were all so positive, funny and supportive. Because of that support, we persevered and overcame all the trail could throw our way, and we had an amazing time. Go beyond what you ever thought you could- be an Explorer Chick!"

– Julie Zinser
Trip: (Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop)

"It was a ton of fun! The behind the scenes tour was interesting and we got to see a lot of animals up close. It was well organized and we had everything we needed to make our overnight adventure the best."

– Patricia Jodrey
Trip: (Private: Cincinnati Zoo Africa Slumber Party)

"This trip was awesome! Every hike brought you to the most spectacular view, the women were so fun and encouraging, survival school taught me so many great things.... I could go on and on. Take the leap and book that trip ladies! You will not be disappointed."

– Carrie Hamelink
Trip: (Wilderness Survival Training + Hiking in Catawba, VA)

"Well Nicki and Explorer Chick have done it again. Great trip to Virginia for hiking and survival training. The group was lively and fun, ranging in age from young chicks to the more experienced variety. Beautiful hikes through the mountains and part of the Appalachian Trail and the bonus hike on Cascade Falls. Survival training was great. Learned a lot about knots, signaling, shelter, first aid and PMA. The positive mental attitude is the most important of the seven survival priorities and Explorer Chicks are the epitome of PMA. Outstanding weather made the mountaintop views even more amazing. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thanks Nicki and Explorer Chicks. You Rock! Literally LOL"

– Theresa
Trip: (Wilderness Survival Training + Hiking in Catawba, VA)

"This was my first EC mini, and it was so much fun! Everyone cheered each other on, and there was laughter all night long as all of us newbies climbed and fell time and again. We learned to stage cool photos (like climbing glamour shots, and making it look like we were way up higher than we actually were) and everyone seemed to have a really good time. I can't wait to try climbing again!"

– Karen S.
Trip: (Private: Indoor Bouldering in Cincy)

"After much stalking of the the EC trips and excursions, the Wild Weekend in West Virginia was my first adventure with Nicki. It did not disappoint! My sister in law and I loaded up her jeep and made the rather short and scenic drive down to ACE Adventure Resort and were ecstatic from the start. Everyone seemed to get along wonderfully, we made new friends immediately, and everyone there was so funny and encouraging. Bonfires, the smore's-gasboard, delicious food, thrilling excursions, gorgeous scenery, and perfect weather abounded. I am so disappointed that I can't return this year, but if it takes place in 2019, I intend to do my best to fit it in my schedule! Wild was my first adventure with Explorer Chick, but it was not my last. I've done a mini, and I'm all booked to join Nicki and the other fabulous women this November in Cabarete!"

– Karen S.
Trip: (West Virginia Wild Weekend)

"I had an amazing trip with Explorer Chick in the Dominican Republic and can't recommend the company enough. From the ease of booking and the attention paid to my individual needs, to the time and effort put into curating exciting, challenging and memorable experiences, each part of this trip was well planned and executed. I have no doubt each adventure offered is equally fulfilling and fun."

– Randi
Trip: (Dominican Republic Adventure Vacation)

"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 Adventure Vacation)

"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 Weekend)

"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: (Private: 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 Adventure Vacation)

"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 Weekend)

"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: (Private: 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: (Private: 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 Weekend)

"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 Adventure Vacation)

"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 Weekend)

"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 Adventure Vacation)

"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 trip...as well as eating some delicious bugs!"

– Kristin W.
Trip: (Wilderness Survival Training + Hiking in Catawba, VA)

"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 Weekend)

"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 Adventure Vacation)

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