From planning the trip to logistics and registration systems,
we make your trip seamless.

THE INSIDER ADVANTAGE

COMMITMENT TO OUR CLIENTS

Our commitment of providing world-class service to our clients is our highest priority.

From tour conception and marketing strategies to tour implementation and program evaluation, we partner with our clients to make sure they are included at every stage and ensure that their expectations are exceeded.

WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE

We pay attention to the little details that make any journey extraordinary. From early engagement materials to the itineraries themselves – every detail is refined and curated.

Our itineraries are filled with exclusive opportunities not feasible through independent travel or with another operator. Our superior network of global contacts—from presidents to poets, prestigious universities to rural communities—helps us to create unparalleled experiences.

We pay attention to the little details that make any journey extraordinary. From early engagement materials to the itineraries themselves – every detail is refined and curated.

Our itineraries are filled with exclusive opportunities not feasible through independent travel or with another operator. Our superior network of global contacts—from presidents to poets, prestigious universities to rural communities—helps us to create unparalleled experiences.

ENGAGING TRAVEL COMMUNITY

We provide travelers with opportunities to meaningfully engage with experts, tour leaders, fellow travelers and communities.

Our “Insiders” participate in relevant discussions and interactive activities, whether on land or at sea, that supplement our programs.

We embrace the growing desire of groups to participate in service learning travel as part of their experiences abroad. Many of our itineraries contain a service component in local communities, honoring both our traveler’s interests and our commitment to the communities we visit.

TRUSTED NETWORKS

As travel professionals, we are plugged-in to global networks that allow us to stay abreast of trends and tricks-of-the-trade to bring to our clients the best experiences possible. 

Insider Expeditions is a proud member of IATAN and the Educational Travel Consortium. 

We remain plugged-in to global networks that keep us informed of trends, new hidden gems, and destination updates that allow us to bring our clients the best experiences possible.


Insider Expeditions is a proud member of IATAN and the Educational Travel Consortium.

As the founder of Insider Expeditions, I’m proud to have led curated programs in more than 100 countries. After riding my bicycle across the country as a college senior with a motley crew of 30 riders raising money for Habitat for Humanity, I have dedicated my life to creating group travel experiences which combine the qualities I so enjoyed that summer: a fun, inspiring, curated itinerary, lots of memorable surprises, local community engagement, and a journey that leaves behind a positive impact. Shortly after that trip, I moved to South America with a local tour operator, leading cultural exchanges, service projects, and innovative travel itineraries throughout the region. Honored a few years later with a World Peace Fellowship by Rotary International, I then moved to Japan for my Masters and worked with Peace Boat, whose circumnavigational travel programs focus on meaningful interactions and cultural exchanges with local communities, service efforts, and unique educational and enrichment opportunities for their passengers.


Since founding Insider Expeditions, I’ve had the opportunity to organize business delegations for Fortune 500 companies, trade missions on behalf of the US government, educational trips for alumni from my alma mater Yale, creative brainstorming journeys for entrepreneurs, extraordinary family reunions and world-class destination weddings, dancing adventures for Daybreaker, and remote wellness retreats for yoga studios.


Through Insider, it’s my mission to share our team’s love of this beautiful and magical world through travel and thoughtfully curated experiences, no matter your group, interest, or mission. It’s our own mission to have you look back and say, “wow, that was one of the best trips of my entire life.” On behalf of our fabulous, dedicated, and experienced team, we can’t wait to travel with you.

CARL SHEPHARD

Founder, Insider Expeditions

CLIENTS WHO
TRUST US

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Chairwoman of the Board

As Chairwoman of Insider’s Board of Adventurers, with unparalleled connections at home and abroad, Jordan leads some of our most strategic partnerships around the world. She has a special place in her heart for Cuba, crafting new adventures across the island where we lead more groups than any other destination. She is fluent in Spanish and French, conversational in Arabic and Italian, and proficient in Cuban cooking.

Jordan Valdés

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Trip Director

Julia is a Swiss-American travel ninja, and passionate experience architect, creative strategist, and magnetic leader. As COO, she is the master magician behind Insider’s operations and global travel calendar, and oversees our exceptional staff. She has proudly conquered all seven continents, once in a single year with one of our top clients, and continues to seek inspiration through travel and community.

Julia Sommer

Creative Genius

Alex is a PhD nuclear physicist, data scientist, accomplished author, and pretty much the smartest guy we know. As an expert in oceans and ocean technologies, he has traveled extensively both above and below the waves throughout the Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe. Alex has a passion for technology from all eras, from modern neural networks to medieval astrolabes, and is the mastermind behind our total solar eclipse trips and other adventures which require the perfect geolocation and celestial timing.

ALEX BOXER

General Counsel

Dan and Carl met at Yale where they dreamed of taking over the world together in their secret society. Now they dream of bringing people around the world together to our best kept secrets. In addition to advising all kinds of small companies on legal issues, Dan taught scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and sailing in the Caribbean and Hong Kong. Dan is currently on hiatus from international travel until his two daughters are old enough to carry their own stuff.

daniel peterson

JOIN OUR TEAM

We are always looking for exceptional people who share our passion for transformational travel, events, and community. If this sounds like you, please send us a resume and cover letter telling us what magic you can bring to our dynamic team.

Contact HR@insiderexpeditions.com
Insider Expeditions is an equal opportunity employer.