Eco-Friendly Experiences Are Waiting Down The ‘Epic Road’

What’s your ideal, once in a lifetime vacation experience? Maybe you want to be completely enveloped in luxury. Or maybe you want to travel to a distant corner of the earth where wild things still roam in wild places. Epic Road, a new luxury tour operator based in New York City, has dreamed up a way you can have both at once.

The company designs one-of-a-kind itineraries that blend luxury, immersion and adventure with unique access to transformative experiences in exotic locations. They claim to be “bridging the gap between luxury experiential travel and humanitarian and conservation initiatives” and boy, does it look like fun.

arctic safari Epic Road

Image via Epic Road

Epic Road was founded by longtime friends and global travelers Mark Lakin and Marc Chafiian. They believe that in addition to providing much-needed respite from the demands of daily life, a vacation can be a touch-point for awareness and transformation. Instead of just hounding people to support conservation causes, Epic Road takes them to the source, so that they can see, feel, smell, and touch the places at risk from human development, poaching, and pollution.

african safari Epic Road

Image via Epic Road

Adventures include: immersions with nomadic tribes, interactions with rare and endangered wildlife, and exposure to humanitarian and conservation initiatives including malaria prevention, geo-tagging leatherback turtles, collaring and tracking rhinos and lions, and distributing solar lights to families without access to electricity–all while dining and sleeping in luxurious accommodations that accentuate the natural beauty of Mother Nature’s handiwork.

The company’s expertise is primarily focused on safaris in Africa and the Arctic with plans to expand into Asia. Whether you’re planning a family trip, romantic escape or honeymoon, Epic Road is definitely worth a look.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog