About Travel The Unknown

Introduction to Travel The Unknown


Why Off-The-Beaten-Track-Travel?

Why is responsible travel important?

What's the deal with only doing small groups?

Meet Founders and Directors of Travel The Unknown and get answers to these questions and more in our latest video


Background: who are we?

We were both bitten by the travel bug back in 1996 whilst we were based in Germany as exchange students. Since then, we have travelled to well over a hundred countries, being particularly drawn to remote places where local customs and cultures had not been impacted by tourism. Due to the difficulty with arranging logistics and, in some cases, permits, it was clear that the majority of tour operators stayed away from such remote destinations. Hence Travel The Unknown was born - with the aim of helping you to discover these unspoilt hideaways in some of the most off the beaten track locations on Earth.

We are aware of the environmental downside of larger tour groups. For this reason we consciously keep our ecological and cultural footprint as small as possible. By operating in smaller groups, we can deliver the benefits of tourism without the negative aspects of mass tourism. We make use of locally owned accommodation, eateries and vehicles as well as supporting local community projects; this way locals will always benefit directly from our tours. As a team, we have personally crafted each one of our tours, and take great pride in ensuring that our strict standards are adhered to. By sourcing the most professional and friendly guides available, with strong local knowledge, you are sure to have the trip to remember. So come with us, and take the road less travelled!

David McGuinness & Rahul Aggarwal
Founders & Directors

Why should I choose Travel The Unknown? 

Travel The Unknown was founded in 2007 to offer exciting small group and tailormade tours to destinations less readily available from mainstream tour operators. Our focus is on unique cultural experiences and gaining a deeper understanding of the people and their daily lives as well as the cultural, historical and political environment in which they live. Here is a summary of what makes our trips special:

- Small group tours (maximum of 12 people)
- Extensive range of tailormade tour options
- Intimate personal knowledge of destinations
- Passionate guides with local knowledge & expertise
- Personalised service and excellent customer satisfaction
- Fully ATOL bonded & financially insured
- Award-winning including Best Small Adventure Tour Operator at the British Travel Awards