We've already been there.
Once upon a Trip there was a Traveller. He liked things to run smoothly over his journeys, but didn’t like the tourist mentality and rush attitude of group tours. So he travelled independently.
But there were problems. He had to invest endless afternoons in research (and daydreaming). He had to book everything by himself. He didn’t know whether the accommodation would be comfortable (or even real), whether the local guide would show up on time (or even at all), and he ended up wasting a lot of extra money and effort. But he had the time of his life!
So he later returned from his travels. He thought, “Hey, I’ve already been there, what if I try to help others going over as well?”. That way, he would ensure that the next Traveller would have available access to a meticulous in-depth research and a firsthand source of information, coming from experienced and knowledgeable organisers.
So the Traveller founded Indie Horizons.
He wanted to preserve the freedom of solo travel, so he focused on custom trips.
He wanted to break the tourist bubble, so he added local and varied experiences.
He wanted to make travelling flexible and affordable, so he kept the cost down.
Join us on select trips Further of the Horizon.
We’ve already been there.
Who we are
We are an energetic team of travellers, eager and dedicated to explore as much as possible of the sights and experiences that our wondrous planet has to offer. Through our Travel Club, we design trips to every corner of the world, both for ourselves and other fellow travellers. While resting back in our base, we organise various travel-related events, bringing the “away” back home and keeping the travelling magic alive.
- Our membership is open to all passionate travellers, particularly to those who feel that the world is their oyster and long to explore it, experiencing the cultural and natural uniqueness of each destination.
- By being an online only project with no physical location, we can afford to keep our prices really low, charging only a flat 5% research fee on all itineraries scheduled through our help.
- We are committed to finding the most value for money and suitable solution for your trip, aiming to offer destinations and experiences that we have personally researched firsthand.
- That way, we can facilitate other travellers by removing the cost and anxiety of finding a reliable guide, transport or accommodation, while getting the opportunity to support our own future trips and events.
A Travel Club for those who feel that the world is their oyster
and long to explore it.
What we do
Around the World in 80 Trips
Our signature programme, a collection of great journeys dedicated to cover the entire planet and see pretty much everything you can in, well, about 80 trips (perhaps a bit more). All schedules (and prices) are mostly indicative and can be completely customised to suit your own particular interests, budget, travel period and length.
Around Greece in 360 Days
A more local and vacation oriented (although still heavily exploring) project, designed to give you a unique and in depth insight into one of the most beloved, beautiful and diverse countries of Europe and the world. We’re also working to develop similar projects for other countries as well, all created by experienced resident travellers.
“To boldly travel the World [as far and as long]
as none travelled before.”
Why choose us
Design of Custom Trips
If you just want to book a classic rigid tourist package, like the ones you find on a typical travel agency, you’re clearly on the wrong site, mate.
If you want us to help you design a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience, completely tailored to suit your specific personal interests, budget and style, you’re exactly where you should be.
We offer custom options and custom options only. You choose the accommodation level (from hostel to 5* luxury), the transportation type (from local bus and trains to private car and flights), the inclusion of a local driver or guide, which sights you want to visit and experience to have, and we create a completely unique mix, with the help of our trusted local contacts in each destination.
Every part and little detail in our suggested portfolio can be customised according to your own specific needs and desires.
And we saved the best for last: by employing local people and agencies, having access to insider tools and tips, we can cut down your cost significantly lower compared to what you’d spend on a classic tourist agency, or even to what you’d pay if you booked the trip directly by yourself.
Tailor made experiences for any traveller’s budget and style.
Guaranteed Personal Research
We’ve been there. We have experienced firsthand the destinations, we have slept in the hotels, we shook hands with the guides, we have eaten the local food, we have photographed the sights (and dodged the grumpy security guards). Yes, the same goes for most of the tourist guides and books you may find out there, but is it easy (or even possible) to contact directly the author to ask for details or clarifications? And how sure are you that you share the same taste, so that what she describes as “amazing” is not a pointless detour?
We are more than happy to discuss our experiences with you, and design together an itinerary tailored exactly to your specific needs and unique perspective. And even if we do not know some particular detail, our local contacts would certainly do. Indie Horizons operates with a wiki philosophy, making good use of the collective wisdom and local contacts of the travellers community, then weaving the lot into a new and unique medley, capable of satisfying every traveller’s desire or need, from the most rowdy backpacking to the most pampered luxury.
We’ve already been there, we’re always here to talk.
Dedication to Lower Cost
All of our programmes have been created by seasoned travellers, just like yourself. We’ve trotted almost half the globe, and we aspire to finish the job as soon as possible. During our adventures, we’ve developed a knack for finding the best offer available and, more importantly, how to discern the cheap from the cheapish. Therefore, we always try to offer you the deal that is most value for money, but at the same time one that will not make you miss out on important sightseeing or travelling experiences.
Our pricing is structured with total transparency in mind: for us it’s not ok simply to give you a bottom price, including everything there is into one big confounding number. We try to break down the deal in its components, so to know exactly for yourself how much is the cost for your particular flights, accommodation, transfers and our modest research fee. If you then prefer to book some of those elements yourself, no worries: you can always try your luck finding them cheaper (but you probably won’t), and at the end of the day everything is customisable.
We want to make great trips, not great profits,
helping more people to more travelling.
Immerse in Local Culture
For us, there is no point travelling to the other side of the world, simply to repeat the same stuff you might do back in your home base. Why stick to burgers when you can enjoy delicious street food? Why sleep European when you can have a unique authentic residence? Why not mingle with the locals in their markets, walk in their streets, enjoy their performances, witness their festivals and religious customs?
We focus on the uniqueness of each destination, trying to showcase its particular splendour. We hunt for monasteries in Tibet, beaches in the Caribbean, bazaars in the Middle East, safaris in Africa.
We do not normally include activities or entrance fees in our programmes, so that you can choose only those that really suit you. We do not include meals other than breakfast, so you can have direct control over the cost and type of your food. Instead, we offer recommendations about genuine activities that would immerse you in the local culture and mindset.
The point is always to transfer more power and freedom to you, so you can spend your precious little travel time in whatever way you feel like yourself.
Break free of the tourist bubble, engage directly with the local people.
Embrace the Flashpacking Mentality
The Flashpacker is often described as an independent traveller that combines a backpacker’s sense of exploration and adventure with a little more comfort, budget and style.
Most backpackers that have turned 30, believe that they have finally earned the right to a private bathroom (among other things). And with age comes wisdom (and a little bit more income), which means that, by keep travelling smartly, you can still stretch your budget to explore a destination to the fullest, but on the same time allow (and afford) small luxuries such as boutique hotels, lots of extra activities, and swift flights instead of arduous bus journeys.
However, the love of the freedom of independent travel is still strong, as is the longing to explore as far as our hearts desire, and the need to experience the local culture with all the senses. So Indie Horizons was created to offer just that, to organise unique tailor-made itineraries that will help make the most of our precious travel time, seeing the maximum possible in a destination, but with the minimum possible expenditure of time and money.
A sense of exploration and adventure, with a little more comfort and style.
Limit to Small Groups
We are perfectly aware that travelling can be expensive, so we try (always upon agreement) to group together people of the same mentality and attitude, creating small and homogenous groups sharing the same interests as possible, giving each trip a unique and distinct flavour.
We limit our groups to 8 people maximum, small enough to fit in a single minivan or a couple private cars. That way, we can ensure that our travellers get the full attention of the local guides and the maximum freedom over sightseeing, enjoy a trip tailored exactly to their needs and be completely in control of the itinerary.
Are the small groups a more expensive option than travelling on a big tourist bus with a group of sweaty clueless tourists, screaming kids and slow moving oldies, while a tour guide repeats the same boring facts over and over again? Actually not, provided you are willing to forego a few extra luxuries, and have a basic knowledge of English and modern technology. And remember: by using local people, insider tips, and being an online-only project, we can offer you significantly lower prices for the same type and level of services.
Travel only with people you know or share common interests.