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Why Explorer Chick?

Explorer Chick exists to change lives.


We just so happen to do it through adventure travel for women. 


Welcome to a proud collective of unladylike misfits who search the ends of the earth for the best places to discover our superpowers. We create action-packed, women-only, bucket-list experiences that feel like secret passageways beyond all the typical tourist traps.

Leave your inner critic speechless and the logistics to us. Rock up, soul-meld with your new sisterhood, and prepare to laugh until a little happy pee comes out.

We know what women want on vacation. We also know what it takes for women to actually GO on vacation.

You’re the glue. The overthinkers. The on-demand. The last in line. Frantically setting your out-of-office in the Uber to the airport while your partner texts to ask what dog food brand to buy. (Really?)

Flip the switch and prepare for your needs to be obsessively met through adventure travel run by women, for women.

Woman holding "Explorer Chick" banner at the summit of Torres Del Paine Towers in Patagonia Chile

1 Reignite Your Fire

Transform your vacay mindset from work-recovery to life-discovery. It’s never too late to try something new, reconnect with your inner child, or start again.

Just ask Explorer Chick founder Nicki Bruckmann, who got fed up with the mold she was forcing herself into and essentially blew up life as she knew it (the marriage, the job… you name it.) What came out of the destruction was Explorer Chick.

We help women get out of their own heads through radical acceptance, endless support, and obscene fun. Each adventure is a baptism in self-belief and owning your life.

Peace out, Rick Steves. We’re journeying through our souls over here.

Read Nicki's Story

2 A Feral Sisterhood

“How does this magical vibe exist?” Probably our favorite quote ever. Truth is YOU are the vibe, the special sauce, and the best thing there ever was.

Show up all in with unwavering support of others, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by incredible women who believe in you. The impossible, scary, overwhelming is actually possible. It’s a spine-tingling sisterhood that makes you feel safer than bear spray.

Learn About Our Community

3 Support to Go Solo

80% of our travelers rock up solo with their bad selves and leave with an entire she-pack of besties. How many times have we delayed a trip because our partners aren’t into it or our friends are busy? Explorer Chick makes solo travel hella-welcoming with a mini sisterhood that melts away all the weirdness of “going it alone.”

Why You Should Travel Solo

4 Pro-Age Travel

Badass women ages 30-60+ bust their booties up mountains, down waterfalls, and across glaciers. There is no upper age limit on our adventures. We welcome you no matter your age!

There is only knowing your body and choosing the appropriate experience. We don’t care how many uggo compression socks or knee braces you bring — mindset is the only thing that matters.

Worried You're Too Old? Read This.

5 Courage to Do It Anyway

Face your fears with women who are also crapping themselves over heights, open water, and being away from home for the first time in years. This isn’t an anonymous tour group where everyone politely nibbles their granola bars. Explorer Chicks lose their voices cheering you out from your comfort zone. Remember: Easy doesn’t change you

The Mantra We Live By

6 All the SHE-Nanigans

What could be better than a stunning canyon view at dusk? Hearing Jenn’s strangled fart bounce about the rock walls.

Leave your best behavior at home and bring that weird goat energy that got you into trouble with the Costco Free Samples lady.

Our adventures combine the best parts of being a grownup with a credit card AND a goofy friend. We attract a diverse yet specific demographic of adventurer who is equal parts kind, brave, and sh*tshow. Buckle up and enjoy the ride. 

7 Mindless Wandering

Get that bucket-list itinerary without sweating a single brain cell. All you have to do is board a plane. What’s included on each small-group, women-only adventure is your safety equipment, outdoor gear, reservations, entrance fees, permits, accommodation, transportation, included meals, and more.

What's Included On Our Trips

8 Your Dream Team

No rock climber bros or wheezing ornithologists in sight. Explorer Chick guides are wilderness trained and certified to worship your well-being––and they are also really, really fun. We probably snagged Travel and Leisure’s WORLD’S BEST Tour Operator accolade because of our sick dance moves.

Meet The Dream Team

9 We Give a Damn

Coming on strong is our jam. You’re about the only thing we’re super serious about around here. And it’s written in our guiding principles to treat you with endless love and respect like we’ve been bffs since second grade. Should we write our initials in the sand now, or?

Our mantra: Give ‘em what they never dreamed possible. Everything we do, from planning the itinerary to sneaking in pop-up surprises to hyping you on social media, is designed to help you feel deliciously powerful. So you can’t help but find your edge.

Learn More About Us

10 You + EC = 4 Ever

Our retention rate for returning travelers is 30 PERCENT. That is absolutely bananas when you consider most people return to their snoozefest tour companies exactly zero times. We are constantly on-boarding new trips, more guides, and exciting new adventures to keep Explorer Chicks coming back for more. 

In Her Words


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$490 Off
Iceland Glaciers and Hot Springs Winter Adventure


Bucket List, Glacier Trek, Hiking, Hot Springs, Ice Climbing, International, Multisport, Off Roading, Snowy Adventures
$220 Off
Moab and Arches National Parks Hiking Weekend


Hiking, National Park, US-Based, Weekend
Shared House
$520 Off
Patagonia W Trek Hut to Hut


Bucket List, Hiking, Multiday Treks, New, Trekking
Hotel, Mountain Huts
$420 Off
Alaska Hiking, Kayaking, and Glacier Tour


Bucket List, Glacier Trek, Hiking, Ice Climbing, Multisport, National Park, Paddling, US-Based, Water Sports, Wildlife
Hotel, Locally Unique
$380 Off
Banff Canada Hiking Hut-to-Hut Backpacking


Backpacking, Bucket List, Glacier Trek, Hiking, International, Multiday Treks
Hotel, Mountain Huts
$530 Off
Galapagos Island Hopping Multisport Adventure


Bucket List, Hiking, International, Multisport, Paddling, Tropical, Water Sports, Wildlife
$45 Off
West Virginia Wild Weekend


Camping, Multisport, National Park, US-Based, Water Sports, Weekend, White Water Rafting
$460 Off
Yellowstone Hiking and Wildlife with Grand Teton


Bucket List, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hot Springs, Multisport, National Park, US-Based, White Water Rafting, Wildlife
$220 Off
Zion and Bryce Hiking and Glamping


Glamping, Hiking, Multisport, National Park, Rappelling, US-Based, Weekend
$450 Off
Slovenia Alps Hiking Hut to Hut and More


Cycling, Hiking, International, Multiday Treks, Multisport, White Water Rafting
Hotel, Mountain Huts
$200 Off
Shenandoah Hiking, Winery, and Sunsets Weekend


Hiking, Multisport, National Park, US-Based, Weekend
Locally Unique
$530 Off
Italian Dolomites Hiking and Multisport


Bucket List, Cycling, Hiking, International, Multisport, Water Sports
Hotel, Boutique, Mountain Huts
$500 Off
Croatia Hiking National Parks and Multisport Adventure Tour


Bucket List, Climbing, Cycling, Hiking, International, Multisport, Paddling, Water Sports
$430 Off
Acadia Hiking and Coastal Maine Adventure


Glamping, Hiking, National Park, Paddling, US-Based, Water Sports, Wildlife
Locally Unique, Glamping
$470 Off
Inca Trail Trek to Machu Pichu Adventure


Bucket List, Camping, Hiking, Trekking
Hotel, Camping
$230 Off
Las Vegas Climbing and Paddling Weekend Adventure


Camping, Climbing, Multisport, Paddling, Water Sports
Hotel, Camping
$43 Off
Red River Gorge Backpacking Workshop


Backpacking, US-Based, Weekend, Workshop
$530 Off
Scotland Unspoiled Hiking Tour


Bucket List, Hiking, International
Hotel, Locally Unique
$1200 Off
Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Safari Adventure


Bucket List, Glamping, Hiking, International, Multisport, Safari, Wildlife
Locally Unique, Safari Lodge