“There’s nothing we would rather do than escape the day-to-day routine, take off into the unknown, and travel.”
Sounds like a dream, right? Escaping from everyday life and into the wonders of the universe has become a daily reality for the creators of Off The Grid Excursions.
After graduating from college, OTG founders – Jaclyn, Jen, Nick, and Charlie – found themselves settling into what they describe as the “real world.” They soon found the thing they cherished most was missing: travel. Sharing a passion to show other young Americans that traveling off-the-beaten-path is a necessity for life, the five founders left their day jobs and made a huge leap of faith: to create an exotic travel company.
Off The Grid Excursions was born.
They jumped head first into creating the business – literally. The founders selected four of their favorite destinations and spent a month in each one tasting the food, meeting locals, and discovering the top sights and hidden gems. This set the stage for crafting the best experience for their future customers.
Three key components set Off The Grid apart from other tour companies:
Truly local experiences: Local leaders who were born and raised in the areas lead all trips. With the expertise of the tour guide, travelers have the opportunity to visit the best places to eat and sites to see – those that only locals know of. OTG makes sure the experience isn’t just visiting, it’s getting the “inside scoop” and exploring!
Small group sizes: To maintain the incredible experience travelers receive, groups sizes are kept between 4 to 16 people. OTG wants to provide a close group setting and ensure an “off-the-beaten-path” vibe.
Making travel affordable: OTG works directly with a variety of vendors in each of their exotic destinations. All restaurants, hotels, and transportation are coordinated individually by OTG. This way, prices are kept lower by bypassing travel agent fees and commission. And because this is group travel, it’s more cost efficient than adventuring alone.
Off The Grid Excursions was officially launched this year on July 25. To celebrate months of hard work and exciting opportunities to come, they held a launch party and gave away a trip for two to one of the four destinations. The event proved successful as they acquired nearly 2,500 new customer leads and sold 30 trips.
OTG says that none of this would have been possible without IDEA’s unparalleled support and resources.
“IDEA has been an instrumental part of the process in getting Off The Grid Excursions up and running. We have not encountered any other organization that provides holistic help for startups. IDEA introduced OTG and other entrepreneurs to sources of capital and secure financing. They also provided a network of business contacts, one-on-one coaching, opportunities to gain brand awareness, and a community of entrepreneurs to share ideas. Where else can you get all that!”
Off The Grid Excursions is currently offering a $100 discount per person for those traveling in 2013. Current destinations include Thailand, Belize, Peru, and Morocco. Visit Off The Grid Excursions to learn more!