Our adventures are for travellers aged 18-29 who like to have a good time with others their own age, but don’t want to spend their whole trip crammed into a bus with 40 hungover backpackers.
Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you want to churn through 30 countries in 10 days. You want to meet locals, embrace new cultures and actually learn stuff (who were the Aztecs? Why is that baboon looking at me funny?), while also making friends and hitting up backstreet bars, tasty street stalls and cool secret spots along the way.
WITH OVER 80 COUNTRIES TO CHOOSE FROM AND OVER 200 DIFFERENT ADVENTURES WE'VE GOT TRIPS SPANNING THE GLOBE. START BROWSING OUR TRIPS BY SELECTING YOUR STYLE.
Nobody travels to see the inside of a coach or hotel lobby. That’s why we use local transport and accommodation wherever we can (and throw in the occasional homestay/treehouse/houseboat for extra fun times). Sure, the places we stay aren’t fancy, but they’re clean, well-located – so you’re never far from the action – and packed with character. Travel with us and you’ll lose the crowds, travel with people your own age, get more bang for your buck, and connect with locals. Win!
THE LOCAL BY YOUR SIDE:
Our leaders are pretty great. Born and bred in the regions we visit, they’re the ultimate go-to’s and with them by your side, you'll be introduced to local life, plus the amazing experiences that come with it. We're talking things like homestays, community visits, and those super-cool bars and tucked-away restaurants that only locals know about.
They know their regions like the back of their hands. Want to find the best kebab in Istanbul? Amir will take you to his favourite cafe. Need advice on trekking the Inca Trail? Renaldi can show you the ropes. Want to order off the local menu? Arsaya is on translation duty.
Our tour leaders aren’t just leaders. They’re your new friends and your lucky charms. It’s all part of our commitment to travelling kindly, responsibly, locally and awesomely.
Each time you travel with us, you make a difference. We keep our groups small and do things the local way to reduce our footprint while ensuring an awesome grassroots adventure for you. Plus we’re making a contribution to Friends-International for every trip you book!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK WITH GECKOS?
MEET OUR NEW SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PARTNER, FRIENDS-INTERNATIONAL
This year, Geckos is working with Friends-International to give back to the communities we take our travellers. For every trip booked, we’ll make a contribution at no extra cost to you.
Friends-International is a leading social enterprise saving lives and building futures for marginalised kids and young people – as well as their families and communities – across the world.
With our support, Friends-International will be able to provide more youth with training in a range of vocations. Vocational training contributes towards ending the cycle of poverty by reintegrating marginalized youth into society as productive, skilled and empowered citizens. 100% of students who have finished their training with Friends have secured jobs.