Our story

Australia-based Jennifer Gaskin is the founder of Unmapped Travel. With years of experience in the travel industry in both the UK and Australia, Jennifer saw an opportunity for a new type of travel company, and jumped in with both feet. Unmapped Travel launched in 2019 with the mission of creating small group lux-adventure trips for working professionals in their 30s and 40s. The Unmapped mission is to help people make new connections both with their fellow travellers and with local people, whilst having the time of their lives on a trip that incorporates adventure, incredible food and laid-back luxury.

How it all began

The idea for Unmapped Travel was formed over cocktails on a remote island in Philippines with some of my very best friends. Don’t all great ideas start over several Aperol Spritz with friends?! But, what at the time seemed to be a hypothetical (slightly tipsy) conversation, planted a seed in my mind that seemed to keep growing long after the memories of that hazy island night had faded.

Each year, four of my closest friends and I would take a trip together, and people would often comment on how lucky we were to still have friends to travel with now that we were in our mid-thirties. As for many people, as you get older, your number of single, dependent-free friends starts to dwindle. People start to get married and have babies, which is wonderful, but your once large circle of potential holiday partners starts to shrink… and shrink.

Once I got home from the trip, I started to do some research and found that there were lots of tour companies for 18 – 30s who want to party all night and don’t really care where they sleep. At the other end of the scale, the over 50s are well catered for with an emphasis on sightseeing and gentle activity. But, I couldn’t find many companies specifically offering the type of holiday my friends and I enjoy – a combination of active adventure, amazing foodie experiences, quality accommodation, connection with local culture and that very precious relaxation component.

Not only that, I realised that one of the most important parts of any trip is the people you travel with. You want to spend your time with people at a similar stage in life, who are also looking to meet new friends to travel with. So, at Unmapped we’re working hard to build a community of people who want to embrace new experiences, smash their comfort zone, learn about different cultures and do all of this with a group of people who could become friends for life.

We’ve built our trips specifically with those in their 30s and 40s in mind and are offering destinations that offer the perfect mix of active adventure, laid-back luxury, incredible food experiences and cultural immersion. We can’t wait to help people explore the world – Unmapped!

Unmapped Travel is a joint venture with The Walshe Group. With over 40 years' experience in dedicated airline and destination representation services, The Walshe Group is home to some of the world’s most trusted travel brands.

We hope to see you on an Unmapped adventure soon!