There’s vaca­tion, and then there’s travel.

People take vaca­tions to common hotspots, often laying by the pool and thumbing through brochures plot­ting the next day’s diver­sion. Vaca­tioners wait in lines and see the same attrac­tions as every­body else.

Travel, at least according to the founders of Off The Grid Excur­sions, is some­thing more.

When you travel you get ener­gized and you get new expe­ri­ences,” explained Jaclyn Carron, a 2008 mar­keting and finance grad­uate of North­eastern who co-​​founded the new travel com­pany with three other alumni. “When you learn about new cul­tures, you learn about yourself.”

We wanted it to feel more like an adven­ture than a vaca­tion,” she added, “so we custom-​​curated trips that take you off the beaten path.”

Off The Grid cel­e­brated its launch with a party on Tuesday night and has part­nered with IDEA: Northeastern’s Ven­ture Accel­er­ator, to develop its busi­ness model and secure out­side funding.

The com­pany is booking trips now to Thai­land, Morocco, Peru and a Cen­tral America excur­sion to Belize and Guatemala for travel starting in Jan­uary. The trips were designed by Carron and her co-​​founders — 2006 entre­pre­neur­ship and finance grad­uate Jen Downing; 2007 busi­ness man­age­ment and mar­keting grad­uate Charles Stevenson; and 2010 accounting and finance grad­uate Nicholas Lento — and will be led by local guides who know the area and speak both Eng­lish and local languages.

The week­long trips will be tar­geted to young trav­elers, no more than 16 of which will go on each excur­sion. “As soon as you bring 25 people to a new place, it can some­times be hard to even fit into that space,” Carron said.

The North­eastern entre­pre­neurs chose to build their travel busi­ness for a simple reason: Each had long ago caught the travel bug, either through family vaca­tions or experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties at North­eastern, and wanted to build a busi­ness rather than work at a more tra­di­tional 9-​​to-​​5 job.

We have a pas­sion for travel,” Carron said, “and we’re eager to share that pas­sion with others.”