About Transformational Travel

What is 'Transformational Travel'?

Transformational travel (or TT) is any travel experience that empowers people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their life. We have found from personal experience (and a little research) that when we leave home and set out on our own version of the Hero's Journey, there are often 3 critical parts of a truly life-altering adventure:

  1. Traveling with intention, openness, and mindfulness

  2. Engaging in challenging physical and/or cultural experiences 

  3. Taking time for personal reflection & meaning-making

TTC's goal is to help bring these 3 elements together in order to radically increase the likelihood of you having a mind-blowing, life-changing travel experience. How? By offering support, coaching, advice, resources, and sometimes even a gentle get-off-your-butt-and-get-going nudge. We also provide access to some of the top tour operators and accommodation providers in the world ... those that are scrapping the typical itinerary to consciously design experiences that will transform your life. 

Ready to take charge of your travel experience and unlock the transformational power of travel? 

Why should I care about Transformational Travel?

In today’s world of cultural turmoil, spiritual chaos, and global unrest, we often find ourselves over-connected at a shallow level and under-connected at a deeper, more meaningful level. We have allowed digital addictions to pull us away from what’s important: Ourselves, family, community, and our planet. As a result, many of us are looking for answers to age-old existential questions. We are seeking something new, something different. We are seeking the experience of truly being connected and alive. Perhaps now more than ever, we need travel to do what travel has always done: Build bridges, foster understanding, enlighten humanity, and bury fear, insecurity, and intolerance. The great news is that recently, there has been a shift in awareness: Travel is now being recognized as more than just an escape but rather as a catalyst which inspires us to create meaningful changes in our lives and the world in which we live. Our mission is to continue to build and support a community of HEROs to embrace this shift in our quest to create a better life and a better world. 


What is '#HeroMode'? What do you mean 'Travel Like a HERO'?

#HeroMode is the mindset travelers embrace and embody when they set forth on a journey with the intention of using their experiences as catalysts for creating change in their lives and in the world around them. Traveling in #HeroMode, in other words Traveling Like a HERO, means:

  • H | Traveling with HEART -- Courage, love, humility, compassion, and empathy for self and others

  • E | Seeking ENGAGEMENT with and in the people, places, cultures, and experiences

  • R | Having the RESOLVE to work through the challenges that every journey provides

  • O | Leaving your heart, mind, and soul OPEN to the unknown within every journey


What are the benefits of 'TT'?

How much time do you have? :) Though transformational travel, we are invited (and in some cases forced) to:

  • Disconnect from the myriad of stresses at home (technology, work, people)

  • Expand our worldview by connecting with new people, cultures, and ideas

  • Develop a deeper and more empowered sense of self

  • Find fresh perspectives of self, others, and the world 

  • Build lifelong relationships with those we meet

  • Live with more purpose, passion, and meaning

These are just a handful of the benefits of transformational travel. Seriously, this list could go on for a LONG time!


What does TT look like in action?

While the specifics of every TT experience – destination, trip length, group size, experiences and activities, etc. – are different, they tend to include all (or at least most) of the following:

  • Venturing off to a place that is dramatically different from home

  • Traveling with intention ... and yet still with an open mind and heart

  • Purposefully engaging with the local people to learn about their culture

  • Seeking out challenging physical, cultural, and/or spiritual experiences

  • Inviting others into powerful conversations and sharing perspectives about life, etc.

  • Taking time out for personal reflection (journaling, meditation/prayer, etc.) 

  • Making meaning and extracting lessons from your experiences

  • Developing a plan for applying what you have learned into your life

For some people, solo travel is the best way to fully immerse themselves in the experience; for others, traveling in a small group creates a sense of community which supports them in using travels to change their life. There is no right or wrong way to do TT :)


What are the stages or steps of a TT Journey?

While every adventure -- and adventurer! -- is different, we have found that most TT experiences go through a classic 3-stage process called 'The Hero's Journey':

1 | The Departure / The Call to Adventure: The hero (you!) feels a general sense of discontentment or longing for something different and answers the 'Call to Adventure' by committing to set out on a great adventure. After a period of preparation, the hero leaves the familiar world and ventures into the unknown world in search of growth, transformation, and change.

2 | The Initiation / The Road of Trials: Once the hero crosses the 'Threshold of Adventure,' they are faced with a series of challenges that push their comfort zones and through which their true character is revealed. This may include physical adventures, immersive cultural experiences, powerful conversations with others, and time for personal reflection. 

3 | The Return & Rebirth: The hero returns to the 'normal world' with a renewed sense of self, fresh perspectives of the world, new skills, valuable lessons learned, and lifelong relationships. The hero then shares all of these gifts with others to positively impact their friends, family, and community. 


Who is TT for? Can anyone have a TT experience?

Everyone! Whether you are young or simply young-at-heart, travel is the best and most exciting way to foster real growth, change, and transformation in your life. It can often open doors to opportunities and people and inspiration that we never would have had if we had stayed home. Many people travel when they seek something new in their lives – a job/career, relationship, location, etc. Others set out on an adventure when they aren't quite sure what they want (or who they are) and are looking to find themselves and define what is next for them. Some people look to travel to shift perspectives, learn something, or celebrate a recent life accomplishment. Regardless of your personal motivations, transformational travel is for all of us!


What are the theoretical or research foundations for TT?

There are several, but foremost are TTC Co-Founder Michael Bennett's doctoral research as well as the work done by Joseph Campbell, culminating in the concept of The Hero’s Journey.


How can I learn more about TT for myself or for my company?

Simple – Explore the 'For Travelers' and 'For Travel Trade' sections of the website for ways to get involved and to learn more. You can also contact any member of our team. We will be happy to tell you more about how travel has changed our lives and explore how we can help you have a transformational travel experience!