This article showcases our top picks for the best United Kingdom based Adventure Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Adventure Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Kingdom Adventure Travel Companies
Pollen specializes in the fields of events, travel, festivals, entertainment, experiences, membership, youth culture, and marketplace. The company partners with brands including Live Nation, C3 Presents, MGM Resorts, Universal Music Group, and more.
It also integrates with ticketing providers such as Ticketmaster, Eventbrite, Priceline, Stubhub, SeeTickets, Paylogic, and Front Gate Tickets.. .
Luxtripper is a luxury travel company that operates an online travel booking site which matches users with suitable holiday destinations.
International Airlines Group (IAG)
International Airlines Group is one of the world’s largest airline groups. Transporting passengers and cargo generates revenue.
It has multiple subsidiaries and attempts to combine leading airlines in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Spain. It allows airlines to expand global presence and keep individual brands.
Staff reports operating segments in a manner consistent with resource-allocation decisions, and are listed as four subsidiaries: British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, and Aer Lingus. Each segment is managed as individual operating companies.
Revenue is split between the United Kingdom (roughly one third), Spain, the United States, and the rest of the world.. .
Beautifully designed, wonderfully intuitive connected navigation hardware for those who want to enjoy the journey, not just get to the destination. See it in action at http://beeline.co.
Behind the hardware is Beeline’s partner app (for iOS and Android), providing intelligent routing, tracking, social sharing, Strava integration and much more. Connect with friends, share your experiences and find inspiration for new adventures! See here for stockists: https://beeline.co/pages/stockists.
GO Outdoors is a small company that set out on a big adventure more than 40 years ago. Sheffield’s ‘Camping & Caravanning Centre’ first opened its doors in 1969, and soon became known simply as ‘CCC’ to locals.
CCC quickly earned a strong reputation for excellent customer service and became a landmark within Yorkshire’s outdoor community.. .
Much Better Adventures
Much Better Adventures helps people organize their skiing, cycling, or road biking holiday directly with specialist independent operators.
ZuBlu is a travel platform redefining the USD4.5bn scuba diving travel industry in Asia and beyond. We enable our guests to discover, compare, and book their ideal experiences from over 500 carefully-selected eco-friendly resorts and operators – a tech solution long required by this fragmented yet affluent sector of the travel industry.
At ZuBlu, we make it our job to seek out inspirational resorts and exciting destinations and share these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. ZuBlu’s unique search platform puts the power of discovery in your hands – with that perfect resort or liveaboard experience just a click of a button away.
And with their team of knowledgeable travel experts on hand to help you with your booking, you can be sure that planning a dive holiday has never been easier.. .
Road.Travel trip planning, booking and experiences platform, combining the simplicity of vacation packages and the flexibility of self-organized trips, aiming to revolutionize road trips for the era of connected and autonomous vehicles, awarded by Ford, Porsche, Volkswagen, providing white-label solutions for travel corporates. The mass adoption of connected and autonomous vehicles will drastically change the landscape of leisure and business travels, but it won’t happen without big steps in evolution of digital ecosystems, connecting customers to retailers and service providers, combining the latest achievements in modern technology and creating an infrastructure for the autonomous travels of the future, which is the vision behind Road.Travel.
Accelerator programs: – Plug and Play for Travel & Hospitality 2017 (Sunnyvale, California, USA) – Madeira Startup Retreat 2018 (Portugal) – The Journey Lisbon 2018 (Portugal) – K-Startup Grand Challenge 2018 (Seoul, South Korea) – Startup Sesame 2019 (international) – Startup Runway by Plug and Play ADGM and Etihad (Abu Dhabi, UAE) – Next Floor TACC (Salzburg, Austria). .
SpeediFly is the world`s first social travel platform for ultra spontaneous travellers, providing end-to-end booking based on user interests, and last minute flight and accommodation availability. Recent surveys indicate that 66% of UK Millennials are spontaneous enough to book a flight departing within 72 hours and 83% of the same group are willing to change their schedule if they find a flight to a cool destination under £50.
SpeediFly exploits this emerging trend for impulsive decision-making to turn itself into the ultimate catalyst for spontaneous travel for Millennials. The current problem on the market is that booking travel is an impersonal and price-centric lonely process.
None of the old-fashioned travel platforms make proper use of data analytics for recommendation purposes. All you see on such platforms is “cheap”, “low-cost”, “discounted”, “limited-time” deals – it is all about the price and nothing about the experience itself.
In addition, travel platforms are not social, making it hard for young people to organize group trips as they are now used to doing with Uber or Airbnb. SpeediFly is a direct response to this problem.
By asking users about their interests and leveraging data from social media, SpeediFly makes people-centric and personalized last-minute travel recommendations to individuals and groups of people. SpeediFly lets users invite their Facebook friends, build in-app travel communities, invite others to specific trips, start group bookings and split fares at the end, just like on Uber.
By tracking users’ in-app activities, our system is capable of predicting what they are likely to book. This allows SpeediFly to make customized recommendations based on user behavior instead of simply trying to sell the cheapest available flights..
We’ll carefully match you with an exciting trip to an interesting destination based on your travel personality. You’ll find out where you’re going at the airport.
All we need to make that happen? One 15-minute form.. .
Follow Alice is a unique travel concept focusing on small, handpicked group adventures. We are on a mission to bring like-minded individuals together to explore top bucket list spots around the globe.
Whether you end up opting for the coast or desert, Amazonas or Antarctica, we ensure you’ll be on the trip of a lifetime with friends to last the same. For Alice, a journey is best measured in friends, not miles.
It’s the people you meet that make travel the rich, vibrant experience that it can be. While you individually might struggle to gather a fun travel crew, we’ve built a large community of globetrotters from around the world..
young, like-minded travellers eager to connect and hungry for adventure! Learn more at https://followalice.com/. .
SafariDeal.com is an online marketplace for worldwide wildlife holidays and safaris, connecting travellers to responsible tour operators. With hundreds of travel partners and unique safaris all in one place, SafariDeal.com makes it easy to research, compare, enquire and book the next adventure.
SafariDeal.com and Conservation ● We believe that safari tourism has a huge role to play in the ongoing management and rehabilitation of wilderness areas through conservation, responsible travel and education on a global level ● Safari tourism generates important funds for conservation as part of a cycle – the one cannot survive without the other ● For this cycle to work, it is up to governments to create and protect wildlife reserves, responsible operators to set up ethical safari tourism businesses, local communities to be involved and a global safari community to actively participate ● Safari operators have a social responsibility to educate their visitors about the threats affecting wilderness habitats and the wildlife that lives in them ● With luck visitors leave their safari having had immersive experiences delivered by passionate guides and will become ambassadors and active partners in the safari community ● SafariDeal.com is tapping into and developing this safari community of like-minded people to spread the word about and make a positive impact on conservation Safari tourism is vital to conservation. .
Business travel sounds exciting, but the reality is not glamorous. Dinner for one, room service, perhaps a trip to the gym, we’ve all been there! It’s a lonely experience.
Relocation and secondment aren’t much better. You’re lucky enough to visit or live in the world’s best cities; great restaurants and bars to try and sites to see, but experiences are better shared.
Jambo is a lifestyle discovery mobile application that enables users to network professionally or socially with like-minded people. Jambo connects users through activities with venues for each activity.
Half the battle of travelling as a local is finding the latest hip ’n’ trendy places to go. Professionals want to travel like locals.
Using Jambo they can embrace new cultures, explore new places and experience new things. Jambo.
Business Travel Made Social.. .
Exodus Travels is a travel agency that connects users with adventures all over the globe.
Guide Base Ltd
Guide Base enables its users to find and book qualified outdoor instructors and mountain guides online. It aims to modernize the mountain guiding industry by allowing mountain guides to manage their own bookings and communicate with their clients directly over the Guide Base.com web interface.
Guide Base was launched in April 2020. .
wOndary is de-bugging travel. No more wasted time and energy due to scattered information and communications.
The platform targets tech-savvy travellers who value authenticity and peer-to-peer recommendations. We are on a mission to empower travellers to explore boundaries (which we call to “Get lost on the right track!”)..
The Adventure People
Founded in 2016 The Adventure People is bringing local adventure operators around the world onto one platform for customers to find and book their adventure holiday directly with local businesses. Focusing on Multi-day tours and utilising in-house unique technology the business provides smaller and independent local businesses a way to reach more customers and generate more bookings whilst also providing customers with more choice and much better value than offered by market incumbents.
Founded by Chris Roche, former CCO at both Travelrepublic and Loveholidays – both of which had successful transactions and both of which were named as the fastest growing companies in the UK – The Adventure People aims to disrupt the current market incumbents by allowing the local providers to reach customers directly.. .
Adventure Alternative Ltd
We are an adventure travel guiding company established in 2001 and working all over the world. We offer climbs, treks, jungle trips and adventure holidays for individuals, groups, families and charities.
We work especially in East Africa, Nepal, Russia, Morocco, Borneo and Tanzania but our operations extend to all the Greater Ranges. The company was founded by Everest mountaineer Gavin Bate, and it has twice won the World Responsible Tourism Awards..
Fether is the first real-time end-to-end group booking platform. It takes the hassle out of organising group holidays using an AI-driven travel planner.
Fether uses machine learning to take the varied requests and restrictions of a group and returns a complete holiday that ticks everyone’s boxes. The app, available cross-platform, is designed so groups can pay for everything in a single step in the app.
Fether is where group holidays take flight.. .
SN Travel Holidays
Long haul travel agent based in London. SN Travel has 45 years experience in Caribbean travel contact us for a great deal!
Like Locals is a travel media startup on a mission to inspire and empower curious explorers to uncover each city’s unique culture. We do this by blending invaluable community-driven local insights, immersive storytelling with innovative tech.
Our in-house editorial team and network of local insiders collaborate to create location-based content, which we currently deliver through our app and online channels. With a new functional online platform coming very soon.
Available for free on iOS and Android devices, the Like Locals app offers self-guided city trails called footprints, and insights into the best local hotspots. From quirky bars, rustic restaurants to unusual sculptures and historical buildings.
Explorers can personalise the platform to match their needs through our intuitive recommendation engine and other in-app features. Currently live in Budapest, London, Barcelona and Athens, with new cities expected to come by Spring 2020..
All Four Outdoors
All Four Outdoors are an online retailer stocking a range of camping and outdoor adventure products. They are committed to the environment and increasing people’s appreciation of the great outdoors.
Their motto is “Let us make your next trip, your best trip!” They hold a range of products including: – Lightweight and Waterproof 1, 2 and 4 man tents – A variety of winter and summer sleeping bags rated for use in temperatures from -15C to +35C – Backpacks and daypacks with storage capacities from 25 to 70L – Trekking Poles – Thermos Flasks – Waterbottles – Headtorches – Waterproof dry bags (for kayaking, canoeing, rafting or stand up paddle boarding). .
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Yachts and Friends
Yachts and Friends is a Fine Art company located in 90 Petersborough Rd, LONDON, London, England, United Kingdom.
Jetsetter Jobs is the first platform that makes it easy for youth travellers, backpackers and students to find temporary work in foreign countries. We will facilitate 1000’s more young people to travel the world, experience new cultures and make great friendships along the way.
We are looking to revolutionise the way people travel by allowing them to spend more time abroad and spend less time saving at home! We also want to improve on the traditional avenues of acquiring temporary workers that don’t target young, available and mobile labour. We will focus on providing opportunities for those looking to work in temporary jobs with transferable skills like teaching, volunteering, hospitality, office work and agriculture.
Our vision is for Jetsetter Jobs to become the hub of international paid work and travel, with the website offering extensive travel advice, event listings and travel booking services.. .
MedSailors offer premier skippered sailing holidays in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, catering for 20 to 35 year olds. Founded in 2010 by three Kiwis passionate about sailing, they remain committed to providing guests with an once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.
Each sailing trip has been crafted to provide the perfect balance of relaxation, nightlife, island exploration and authentic culture. With the opportunity to step up to helm and learn how to sail or just sit back and relax on deck, guests have the opportunity to tailor their holiday to their own preferences.
Grouping guests with like-minded people, MedSailors sailing holidays are ideal for solo travellers looking to make new friends, or a group of friends keen to sail their own yacht in the Mediteranean.. .
A better way to share your trip: Publish your travel story, create moments and share with friends. A social networking platform for travel enthusiasts.
Get inspired: We bring to you a stream of coolest and unique travel experiences from our network for an itinerary well cut just for you. Tell us more about you and your travel interests and we’ll help you get started.
Featured trips: Explore the world through a thousand eyes with real experiences, maps and stories shared by your community.. .
Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group
Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group providing educationally-rich activity breaks for schools and groups.
Volunteer Latin America
Volunteer Latin America is an easy-to-use online platform for international and budget-conscious volunteers. We provide a wide range of exciting and worthwhile volunteer programs to choose from throughout Central and South America.
We offer many free volunteering opportunities including those that offer free housing and meals, plus other perks such as a stipend or free Spanish classes. We are strong proponents of ethical volunteering and are the ‘greenest’ overseas voluntary service facilitator on the planet..
Holidays Carnival Europe
Holidays Carnival Europe is a leading destination management company for UK & Europe. Throughout our history, we have been in the business of diverse statement and bringing diverse people together.
Ever since its beginnings, Holidays Carnival Europe DMC has remained enthusiastic to understanding our customers’ unique needs by employing staff with a profound understanding of each client’s culture and expectations. Our company philosophy into words is also very much a product.
Throughout our journey, we have brought together some of the best professionals in the industry, allowing us to build close, trusting partnerships with our clients, and establish long-term relationships with our suppliers. In collaboration with our partners, we make sure that all our efforts are pushed towards continuously improving the products and services we offer to our clients..
High Point Holidays
High Point Holidays is an independent tour operator specialising in guided walking holidays and self guided or independent walking holidays in Europe, mainly in France and Great Britain. We also organise tailor made guided trekking holidays in such locations as the Alps, Spain and Africa for private parties.
We also organise guided walking holidays to other destinations in Europe and Africa. Our offices are based in Dorset, UK, although we have a permanent presence in the Beaujolais region of France..
City Camping Ltd
City Camping offers affordable camping accommodation in Milton Keynes. Our campsite is the biggest campsite in Milton Keynes.
Contemporary consumerism is shifting towards the ‘Experience Economy’ where people want to ‘do’ rather than ‘have’. Blink Collective is an online global community where anyone can offer their skills, knowledge or services as an authentic ‘non-guidebook’ experience.
Listings on the website are both curated and user-generated. Bookings are managed by Hosts via the website and reviews offer trust and social proof.
We solve a marketing problem for small business’ and offer a unique platform for individuals to monetize their passions. The market opportunity is significant.
In 2010 UK residents spent £44 billion on day trips and niche, sectors such as eagle watching in Scotland, generated £8 million. Founder, Peter Kindness (previously founded http://MyFriendsHotel.com – an accommodation network with Hosts in over 50 countries) is a European Business graduate who has lived in seven different countries and he’s also been lost at sea and in the jungle.
He lives for new experiences! Other members of the team include a sales director and a developer. Note ** BlinkCollective.com is currently in Beta Testing **.
They are a British company, with British values and British service expectations. Actually, they may even be a little higher than that! They welcome clients from around the English speaking world, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Canada, who wish to deal with a local english-speaking agent with your best interests in mind.
They do not believe in owning and running their own fleet of yachts, as this creates an obvious vested interest and bias towards certain boats, no matter what condition they are in, or how old they are. Rather, as a yacht charter agency they ‘cherry-pick’ the best companies to work with, or not work with, as the case may be.
At the brutal end of the scale, if quality or service from a charter company consistently slip, they are able to simply stop using them. This creates genuine influence.
This structure also allows their partners to concentrate on what they do best, which is look after their own ‘hardware’, while they focus on providing sales, marketing and expert advice that guides you to the locations and yachts that suits their unique requirements best. It’s win-win.
Their goal is to provide consistent service and quality across all their Mediterranean locations to ensure that the only thing you have to worry about is where your next drink is coming from. They work alongside reputable yacht charter companies, skippers and wider partners that they trust, and that respect us as representing your best interests..
Long Travel discerning traveller, Long Travel has been creating unforgettable tailor-made holidays for almost 30 years.
Zip N Go Insurance
Zip N Go Insurance is a travel insurance broker that enables travelers to secure the type of insurance they need.
Pebble Travel dedicated investor in the travel sector and was created to grow a portfolio of investments in travel.
iSpye is a social travel application that shows places, events and people around you, in real time. The app is a travel social network that connects users and provides real time information about venues and events, relative to the users location.
All content is user generated and users can find out the most popular, trending or nearby occurrences. The aim is to provide users with a platform that allows them to discover the best things to see and do upon arriving in a new place.
Built with the student ‘backpacker’ ethos at the forefront, iSpye is building a community of people who believe there are no boundaries, no such thing as too many travel connections and will never say no to a valuable life experience! The app has been built for iOS and Android devices. Version 1 has three main features, which are as follows: • News Feed – venues and events are displayed as pins, which are categorised and shown in the users feed in a list format.
There are two features of the feed: Discover and Buzz. Discover displays pins closest to the user and Buzz shows pins that are tending i.e.
the most popular pins at any given time, relative to the users location. The popularity of a pin is defined by the community either upping or downing that pin and a trend is started by the first users activity.
A user may up or down a pin through either the Discover tab (most likely while attending the pin or the morning after) or the Buzz tab (to contribute to the trend). The purpose of a users activity is to inform the community of their current experience at a venue or event and not, like tripadvisor, to rate the venue or event itself.
Turtle Rabbit Travel
Turtle Rabbit brings you a totally new way to experience the U.S.A. Grab your mates and join our RV fleet, exploring the best of America.
Socialise at night, but travel at your own pace during the day. Join the party every evening with our legendary fleet parties and outings..
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