Expedition Trips grew out of a longtime passion for discovering the natural world and exploring some of the most remote and awe-inspiring places on Earth. Founder and President, Ashton Palmer, traveled for over a decade as expedition leader, naturalist, and operations staff. His adventures took him around the globe, including on over fifty voyages to Antarctica, more than 40,000 miles navigated on the Amazon River, and countless expeditions worldwide to the Galapagos Islands, Papua New Guinea, Baffin Island and beyond.
After years of leading trips, Ashton decided to use his in-depth experience and knowledge to help introduce like minded travelers to the incredible destinations he had grown to love so much.
Expedition Trips was founded in 1999 with a clear vision: to be the best place to find, research, and book expedition travel worldwide, be it a motor yacht exploring the Galapagos Islands, a rainforest lodge adventure in Peru’s Amazon rainforest, or the ultimate expedition to Antarctica. Today, our dynamic team of expedition travel advisors use their in-depth personal knowledge together with the highest level of personal service to ensure our clients experience the most memorable trips of a lifetime.
Sharing our knowledge of the world and helping to create amazing adventures is our passion. We listen to you, then match trips to your style of travel. Let us take away the overwhelm.
Small expedition ships allow us to get closer to nature and connect with new cultures and fellow passengers in unique and spontaneous ways. These extraordinary encounters increase our awareness and appreciation for this stunning earth we all call home.
We curate itineraries which offer opportunities to experience the true essence of remote and wild places. We encourage slow travel as a way to fully immerse in a place you’ve dreamed about - and that place in turn becomes a part of you.
How we travel is as important as where we travel. We are committed to sustainable practices to protect the wild places we love. We choose partners who are pioneering cleaner and more efficient vessels. And we support accredited carbon offsetting programs.
Meet Our Travel Experts
Meet Ashton, the founder of Expedition Trips, avid explorer, and passionate eco-traveler. After spending a glorious decade exploring the world, from Antarctica to the Arctic, and most places in between, Ashton decided to help others discover the wonders of our planet. Specializing in small ship and expedition-style travel, Ashton continues to be inspired by the incredible experiences people can have exploring the most remote and spectacular destinations and it brings him joy and gratitude to help people realize their wildest travel dreams. He believes that nature is a gateway to inspiration, and that when travel is done right, people can’t help but become ambassadors for the places they explore. (Which is win-win for the planet and our travelers) When not traveling, Ashton enjoys spending time with his amazing wife, Hillary, their four teenagers, and great friends. He feels fortunate to be surrounded by so much love.
Chris grew up in the woods and waterways near the Chesapeake Bay. Fishing, camping and canoeing from an early age led to a passion for adventures in the natural world. After moving west to Oregon, the urge to travel became too much to resist and Chris bought a backpack and a ticket to Europe. He returned to the Pacific Northwest three years later after traveling around the world, counterclockwise. Since that time, he has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Americas following his mother’s advice to “never take the same road twice." When a chance to work on expedition vessels in the polar regions presented itself, Chris could not resist. After a few years and dozens of trips to the Arctic and Antarctica, he finally decided to settle down in Seattle and enjoy adventures closer to home. As an avid rock climber, skier and backcountry adventurer, Chris loves living in the wild and beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since joining the Expedition Trips team, Chris channels his still-powerful wanderlust into helping others achieve their travel dreams.
It’s hard to overstate how great a role travel has played in Tom’s personal and professional life. After spending 10 years, living, and traveling through places as diverse as Asia, South America, and Europe, Tom finally decided to settle down in Seattle. Fast forward a few years, and when he’s not helping others plan their own adventures, Tom is out exploring his new home. These experiences have allowed him to hike across stunning wilderness, photograph incredible wildlife, and meet new and interesting people. When he's not out on adventures, there’s nothing Tom loves more than curling up with a book and exploring the world from his armchair. As a history buff, Tom may occasionally bore friends and family with historical facts gleaned from his travels—but this also means he is in high demand come trivia night
Ashley grew up in the outdoor town of Bend, Oregon, where her thirst for adventure and off-the-beaten path experiences ignited at a young age. She has a deep passion for the mountains and enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, fly fishing, rock climbing, hiking with her German Shepherd Grizzly, live music, and of course, traveling. She has a degree in Eco & Adventure Tourism and spent 6 years working for the U.S. Forest Service as a Field Ranger and Wildland Firefighter. She is a huge lover of animals and the outdoors and believes, as her dad would say, that nature will always provide you with a gift. She traveled through Europe at the age of 19 visiting Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, which kicked off her international travel résumé. Since then, she has lived out of a backpack in Hawaii, circumnavigated Iceland in a camper van, explored the jungles and islands of Belize, relaxed on the beaches of Baja California, and relished in the stunning beauty of British Columbia and Alaska. She can’t wait to continue to add to her travel list, and since joining Expedition Trips she has thoroughly enjoyed helping others plan amazing adventures.
To say that traveling is one of the most important things in Christine’s life would be an understatement. A deep sense of curiosity and passion for adventure has taken her to 38 countries and counting. From Moscow to Milan and Tel Aviv to Istanbul, there isn’t a single place she’s visited that she hasn’t been able to appreciate. Exploring various cultures, engaging with others from diverse backgrounds, and experiencing firsthand the world’s natural beauty are at the core of what she values most in life. She believes that her purpose is to inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone so that we, together, can ultimately make the world a more culturally competent place. When Christine isn’t traveling abroad, she enjoys visiting America’s National Parks, reading a new novel, watching live music, and going to karaoke with friends. Christine is thrilled to be assisting travellers with the journey of a lifetime exploring some of the most remote and wildly beautiful places our planet has to offer.
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