Explorers Connect

Powering an Adventure Revolution


In 2009, Explorer & Campaigner Belinda Kirk established Explorers Connect as a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to help people live more adventurously. Belinda is the leading campaigner for an #AdventureRevolution

Set up originally as a way for explorers and adventurers to recruit new teammates for expeditions, people quickly let Belinda know that they would like to go on adventures with her, and so she started setting up adventures herself.

What we do

  • We run a variety of affordable adventures that are carefully curated and crafted to (safely) extend peoples' comfort zones, as we believe that is where the magic happens. Just outside your comfort zone is where you…

    • Discover just what they are capable of

    • Learn new skills, become more self-sufficient, and are able to appreciate the outdoors more fully

    • Experience new locations and activities that broaden your horizons

    • Become more comfortable with uncertainty

  • We nurture a long-standing and inclusive community of outdoor enthusiasts. We foster an environment wherein:

    • You can be yourself. We actively celebrate individuality, and do not stand for 'cliqueyness' or coolness in any shape or form.

    • Everyone is treated as adults and equals. It's a muck-in environment, where group decisions are actively encouraged. It's all about empowerment.

  • Alongside our adventures, we run a range of other initiatives to encourage people to live more adventurously:

    • In 2016, we founded Wild Night Out - Britain's National Night of Adventure - and now partner with the YHA, Ordnance Survey, and Ellis Brigham (amongst many others) to deliver it, in order to raise funds for the Youth Adventure Trust.

    • We run a 'Join A Team' platform, for explorers and adventurers to find teammates to join them on expeditions around the world.

    • We host regular Adventure Talks in Bristol and London, with a range of inspiring speakers, to ensure our community remains inspired during their city-bound workaday week.

    • We also manage an Adventure Jobs Portal where employers from across the globe advertise vacancies within the adventure industry.

Adventure Revolution

At Explorers Connect we believe adventure is a necessity of the human spirit. The modern world has become too easy, too averse to challenge and too disconnected from nature. This is having a negative effect on our physical and mental health. What we need is an #AdventureRevolution

I’ve seen adventure change people’s lives and it changed mine, by giving inspiration, building confidence and creativity and bringing people together. The Explorers Connect community believes in making the most of life; together we are making a real difference and having fun.
— Belinda Kirk