Through VIKASA VOYAGE, we offer meaningful and conscious travel experiences. Connect with the spirit of the locals while leaving a positive mark on people and nature. Experiences range in activity with focus in areas of environmental consciousness, cultural exchange and personal growth. We aim to enhance the cultural integrity of the local people and minimize the adverse effects of traditional tourism on the natural environment. Go beyond the trap of typical tourism which only leaves the planet polluted and the locals exhausted. Choose from a variety of inspiring experiences which enhance the cultural integrity of the local people and bring positive vibes to communities who need it most. We believe in the power of exchange and the impact of connection. Break through the barriers of your own comfort zone and see how far a soulful journey can reach.
“If happiness is the goal, and it should be, then adventure should be a priority.”
Each Vikasa Voyage is a unique opportunity to fall in awe of the naturalenvironments and cultures we interact with. It is our hope, that our guests become part of the growing community advocating for a more balanced world perspective. Most of us love to travel, and most of us want to have a positive impact on the world. If you do it right, one non-profit asserts, you can do both at the same time. By spending your travel dollars in forward-thinking countries, you can reward the good guys—and encourage good practices worldwide. Our mission is to use the power of tourism to protect human rights and the environment.
Travel is more than the seeing of sights. it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. Seeking impactful experiences that leave lasting impressions is meaningful for both the tourist and the local alike. We utilize existing infrastructure, experts and partnership with local NGOs, non-profits, and social enterprises tackling real local issues in local communities. The impact felt from these groups can be tangible such as improving conditions. Perhaps even more meaningful are the emotional connections and bonds that are formed during learning exchange between the Voyage group and the locals.
Learning like locals.
Most resorts will find ways to keep you in a comfortable bubble with little reason to leave the property. We take a different approach. During your time at VIKASA, we encourage you to get outside and explore the island. Koh Samui offers incredible beaches, vibrant marine life and rich local culture at your fingertips. Treck, paddle, fly or dive into this beautiful paradise. Get a real sense of community belonging by participating and give back to the important local community on Koh Samui. Whether it’s a trip to the nearby Elephant Sanctuary to observe these magnificent giants in rehabilitation or a beach clean up boot camp, there’s an experience awaiting everybody.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make soba noodles in a Japanese mountain village? Would you like to gather seaweed with farmers who live sustainably from their crop? What about practicing yoga in a Cambodian alongside some inspiring human trafficking survivors? Our greatest learning resource is each other. Learning exchange happens through the great connectors of human expression such as food, music, storytelling, crafts, dance, theater and art.
If you were left alone in nature how long could you survive? Today’s world is completely reliant on modern technology for everything from survival to entertainment. Most Vikasa Voyages have some element of immersion in nature which allows us to reconnect with the mother and the source of all life. Leave the phone behind and jump in.
Connecting to other beings such as animals is a powerful and grounding way to remember that we part of a complex living planet. Life is bigger than your own world. Intuition is a valuable sense that animals use every day to survive in the wild and even our domesticated animals respond first to their intuition and then their cognitive abilities. By humans spending time becoming more aware of our own senses, we can better connect and understand our animal companions.
Modern living can feel like anything but an adventure. As you commute to work, come home, eat dinner, switch on Netflix and then pass out in bed, it can feel like you’re living the same mundane day over and over. Running from one activity to the next, your mind grows bored, your body lethargic and your soul sucked dry of passion. What can you do? How can you recapture the excitement of life you once knew as a child? Adventure travel may just be the answer. It has the ability to sharpen the mind, rejuvenate health and refresh the soul.
The act of leaving your comfy bed, abandoning your daily routine, crossing an unfamiliar border, and immersing yourself in a new culture are all part of leaving that restrictive comfort zone that we call home. A comfort zone is defined as “a place or situation where one feels safe, at ease, and without stress.” It’s that familiar bubble that we keep ourselves in to avoid any unexpected challenges life may throw at us. We know ourselves better than anyone, so we gravitate to activities and routines we know work best in our lives. Existing solely in this bubble puts a protective shield around ourselves that prevents us from growing, learning, and developing new skills. Stepping out of our comfort zone is the first step towards transformation and becoming our most authentic self.