Bold Earth Adventures

Program Reviews

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Logan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bold Alps Review!

I am a student that has been on two Bold Earth trips so far, and I can't recommend them enough. I just got back from two weeks hiking in the Alps, and I am still in awe. I am an aspiring photographer, so there was no shortage of material, but I think what made the trip special was the people. The trip leaders were knowledgeable and super fun, and all the other students were just as excited as I was. Together we hiked through stunning landscapes while eating the best fresh baguettes and cheese you have ever had! The trip also felt really safe, so for anyone on the fence about going overseas with a bunch of strangers: GO FOR IT. I have been nervous before both of my trips, and I don't regret a minuet of either of them. They really were some of the best weeks of my life!

Pros
  • The leaders are fun and excited, while still being knowledgable and mature.
  • The the places that you visit are incredible.
  • The people that you meet are super excited to be there which makes it a great environment to explore in.
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Marisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You will look back with gratitude and memories to last a lifetime!

No matter how you are involved with Bold Earth (student, parent, trip leader, office team) you will get to understand how special this company truly is. From incredible opportunities for growth and leadership, to gorgeous natural settings, to stories around the campfire or playing hilarious games under the stars, you will feel the MAGIC of this incredible community. It is something that is so hard to explain until you are a part of it, however I know it started from the first time I called the office staff. Bold Earth’s intentionality for life-changing experiences is palpable and I can say with clarity that my first summer with Bold Earth truly changed my life for the better. I couldn’t stop talking about it after the summer and I still love getting to share my experience with others all these months later. I can remember the memories like they were yesterday. I LOVE looking back at pictures of our California adventure. Our whole group was so close and felt like we had known each other much longer than 2 weeks. The Bold Earth staff does such an incredible job planning exceptional trips with activities like white water rafting, rock climbing, surfing, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and more–there is really something for everyone. In the recent world that has been filled with so much uncertainty, Bold Earth has created such certainty in my life. The certainty of forming life-long relationships, of opening your mind to new ideas and experiences, connecting with nature, smiling non stop, and believing in yourself in a whole new way. Being involved with Bold Earth has been the best reminder that with intentionality and detailed planning my outdoor adventure goals of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and thru hiking the Camino de Santiago and trekking to Machu Picchu are absolutely within reach! I tell everyone I know about Bold Earth!!

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks for your kind words Marisa, we really appreciate them! So glad you had a wonderful experience!

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing leadership, adventures, & support

The leadership team is personable and communicative with families; you can tell support and family are important values to the organization. They are easy to talk to on the phone and are always happy to answer questions leading up to and during the summer.

Itineraries - unbelievably fun. Full of diverse activities all over the world. I mountain biked, scuba dived, surfed, and overnight rafted for the first time on a Bold Earth trip, and the experiences I had on these programs helped make me into the outdoor adventurer I am today.

This company cares not just about the bottom line, but about every trip leader, student, parent, outfitter, and community where they operate. Highly recommend!

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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you Bold Earth!

My daughter Samantha did the Bold Earth Hawaii trip this past summer. She was so nervous leaving, and came back a different kid! She still keeps in touch with her friends and LOVED her leaders. The trip was more than just fun, it was growth-oriented. Most importantly, I really appreciated the organization's attention to safety. From my first call with the office, they made me feel safe with their professionalism and attention to my daughter. They were kind and patient, and the leaders were very professional (not young college kids). We'll be back!

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks Michelle! We really appreciate the kind words, and we're so glad to hear that your daughter had a great time. Her leaders really enjoyed her, and we're so glad to hear that you've seen positive growth from her Bold Earth experience. We're glad you noticed our focus on safety and risk management, looking forward to seeing her this coming summer!

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Jeff
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding experience with Bold Earth!

My son had an incredible, and most importantly SAFE experience with Bold Earth this past summer. I was incredibly impressed with the professionalism of the organization and the leaders, especially how they approached safety and risk management on the trip. They didn't just enforce strict safety rules, they taught my son how to help manage risk. He really connected with the counselors, and made some graet friends. It was more than just a teen tour, I loved the intentionality and the focus on growth. Highly recommend Bold Earth! Thanks for a great experience.

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks Jeff, we're so glad to hear that your son had a great experience! We enjoyed getting to know him, and thanks for your kind words!

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highlight of My Year

I’ve been on THREE Bold Earth Trips and all of them have been uniquely amazing. The first one I went on was the first trip I’d gone on without my family so I was a little nervous, but it turned out to be so fun and exciting that I decided to go again the next year. I got to connect with teens from all around the country. On my second trip, I got to connect with teens from around the globe! I still keep in contact with friends from France and Vietnam which is incredible to me. The no phone policy was a little bit tough on my Mom the first time, but I thought it was a great policy because it allowed everyone to connect and anyways, we barely had time to be on our phones as new adventures constantly awaited: white water rafting, white water kayaking, rock climbing, hiking up fourteeners, spotting all sorts of wildlife (I hadn’t even heard of a pika before going on a trip into the Rockies) and so much more! Honestly I can’t say enough about how great the trips all were. From learning how to go on belay (rock climbing) to planning out and cooking a good meal for everyone to share around a campfire, the experiences have left an unforgettable impact on my life and allowed me to find the adventurer in me.

What was your funniest moment?
I like to laugh. A lot. So this is a tough question, but I think the funniest moment on a Bold Earth trip was when we all went thrifting and picked out outfits for one another. Everyone had outlandishly mismatched outfits and we all ended up dancing in them to try and cheer up younger kids in a neighboring camp. Seeing and being one of 13 teens dancing in the dark with headlamps on in the worst outfits someone could come up with was just hilarious to me.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're so glad you could make it back for another trip! Colorado Bold was a special group this year, a large part of it thanks to you. Thanks for the kind words Sam!

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Jocelyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bold West

The trip I went on with Bold Earth was a three week long camping trip around the western United States. It was awesome! Bold Earth’s no phone policy allowed all twelve of us and two leaders to become very close during that time without the distractions of the internet. It was a great way to spend time in the outdoors and create memories of a lifetime. I recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for an adventure and wants to unplug from their regular routines. thank you Bold Earth for a great summer!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I burned my hands cutting chili peppers, it was pretty surprising when someone at our campgrounds recommended holding bread to my hands to ease the burning. (It didn’t work)
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

So glad to hear you had a great time on Bold West Jocelyn we really enjoyed having you back for another trip! Thanks for helping form such a positive community on your trip.

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Kayla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable summer!

I went on the Ultimate Costa Rica trip with Bold Earth last summer, and it was such an unforgettable experience! I made so many new friends around the world through this trip and they quickly became family as we spent 3 weeks together. This trip pushes you out of your comfort zone by allowing you to interact with people you've never met and pushing you to do activities that you may not be able to do back at home. We did so many fun activities that I can't do in my state like surfing, snorkeling, and ziplining! We also got the chance to participate in service work which gives back to the community and gives you the opportunity to connect with the locals. This trip not only improved my Spanish, but it also taught me a lot about the culture as we stayed with host families, ate local food, and explored different areas of the country! I would definitely recommend traveling with Bold Earth!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would recommend to be present and live in the moment. It's very easy to wonder about what is going on back at home or to think about what you are going to do when you return, but doing this takes away from the limited time that you have on your trip! The time flies by so fast, so you should definitely enjoy the time that you have together!
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Sellers
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Ultimate Costa Rica was a trip of a lifetime!

I loved the Costa Rica trip and feel like it helped me grow not only in my Spanish but as a person as well. It pushed me out of my comfort zone constantly with all of our adventures and doing stuff that I had never done before. Traveling by myself to a new country was probably the scariest thing I have ever done but I met some of the coolest people who I still talk to today. Staying in homestays with strangers who speak a different language is something I will never forget. This trip taught me how to live courageously and be willing to take risks. It exponentially improved my Spanish as well as my ability to look at things through a new perspective. Costa Rica was life changing and I would highly recommend to everyone!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment for me was the first time we met our host families. I was super nervous because my Spanish was not super good. Very quickly though, I overcame my fears because of how nice my family was. They were super sweet and approachable, always helping me with my Spanish while I helped them with their English.
Response from Bold Earth Adventures

We're so glad your Bold Earth trip made a positive impact on you! You were a great student, and we're proud of all you accomplished. Thank you Sellers!

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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer of my Life

I was a part of the Hawai’i trip in the summer of 2019. The leaders of the trip became my friends and I created life long bonds with the other campers. Everyone was so nice and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect community! Coming in I was an introvert and was scared of not making any friends. After only one week it felt like you hade known these people for years and years. There wasn’t one day that I went to bed hungry do to the amazing cook crews. I would recommend this trip for anyone looking for a big adventure and some new friends.

Response from Bold Earth Adventures

Thanks for the great review Jordan! You were a big part of what made that trip successful, and we love that you're still close with all your Bold Earth friends!