Our Story – Another World Adventures
Another World Adventures is the creation of Tori Howse and Larissa Clark.
We met on the deck of a 100 year old tall ship in the sleepy port of Las Palmas, Canary Islands having both signed up to join the voyage crew of a traditional tall ship on her centennial Atlantic Crossing from Europe to Brazil.
In one sense it was a journey beyond our imaginations. Without question it was voyage that changed both our lives.
Both on career breaks from our city lives in London where we had lived and worked just 5 minutes away from each other without ever meeting for six years, Tori working in the climate change team for a local authority and Larissa as the marketing and pr manager for the Environmental Justice Foundation, we found our paths crossed when we plucked up the courage to make a great escape to the “big blue”.
With no ocean-crossing sailing experience the crew taught us what we needed to know on the go and we took what we learnt from this training and our other travel experiences and boldly went where neither of us had been before.
‘Epic’ is a word that starts to describe the feeling of pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone. Another World is the place we found ourselves in.
Life at sea is a mesmerising place of newness. New tasks, routines, vocabulary, friends, activities, rules, games, achievements, challenges, thoughts. It is like stepping back in time to a place where the daily grind can not find you, while, in many cases you find yourself.
27 days later on the coast of Brazil we arrived triumphant, exhilarated, empowered and ever so slightly perplexed.
‘Why had more people not been on this voyage?’ was a question we often asked ourselves while swinging wildly from the sky sail or baking bread at midnight as we rolled through the Atlantic waves.
Maybe it was because people didn’t know they could do it. Almost everyone we met in South America when we told them we arrived by sea said the same thing “I would have done that if I’d known”.
So we decided to create a place that inspired extraordinary journeys and adventures. A place where people like us, individuals and small groups planning a career break or looking for an action packed holiday that ticks a ‘trip of a lifetime’ box could come and find a trip they had maybe never even considered.
We wanted to create an environment where people could sign up to join trips from one week adventures on land or sea to month long challenges and expeditions be it ’round-the-world’ tall ship voyages or pioneering treks to unexplored travel frontiers.
And so, that’s what we’ve done. Taking the many wonderful contacts we’d made through years of travel and living abroad before hand and more time to travel the world through the Americans, Africa, Asia and Europe to find and meet the most brilliant local operators out there and make their incredible experiences accessible to like-minded adventurous souls.
We want our adventures to take the organising and administration out of a holiday, not the excitement. It’s like hassle free travel for independently minded travellers.
The experiences are easy to book and range from necessary ‘roughing it’ in very off the beaten track destinations to ‘active days and comfortable nights’. The trips we feature offer genuine ‘under the skin’ authentic travel, specialist opportunities and achievable physical challenges that cannot be attained through guide books without a lot of hassle, uncertainty of success and high cost.
The trips are awesome, mind expanding, sometimes terrifying, life enriching experiences.
Try one, you won’t regret it. Maybe our story will affect your story too … we hope so.