Unique journeys further of the horizon.
What is Travel Coaching
A transformative journey
Meaningful travel it’s not just about seeing the sights. It’s about how seeing those particular sights will transform you as a person.
Simply put, travel coaching means applying life coaching principles to inspire us into travelling better. As a coach, I was always trying to create meaningful and immersive experiences, rather than just another tourist trip. The travel coaching process will enrich our journeys, broaden our minds, and help us become more aware travellers.
Many of us have been asking the wrong questions. Travelling should not be just about the “where”, but also about the “how”, and even more importantly about the “why”. Why do we want to travel to that particular destination? What do we hope to achieve while doing so? And how this experience will transform us as a person?
Travel coaching is about unlocking our potential and enabling us to travel further of our horizons. It doesn’t matter how near or how far, what’s important is how deep. The objective is to discover the reasons behind travelling, define our travel goals, and then fine tune our trips to align with our inner needs and desires. But at the same time, we should aim to test the limits of our comfort zone and challenge our perspectives. And ideally make every trip a transformative journey.
We should always aspire to become better travellers. These days, most of us are looking for sustainable travel, being mindful about our environmental footprint and our impact to the local communities. We opt for slow travel, experiencing the destination at a relaxed pace, taking the time to let things sink in. We strive for more immersive travel, trying to get to know the daily aspects of the local culture, well beyond the monuments and the classic sights. We have already stopped collecting souvenirs, and started collecting memories. And now we should no longer wonder about “what” we saw or did, but “how” these experiences will help us grow and return from our journeys as better beings.
Once upon a Trip there was a Traveller. He spent half his day dreaming about places beyond the horizon. The Traveller did not like the mass tourism mentality, the big groups and rushed tours. So he decided to design his own journeys. And he had the time of his life!
Once the Traveller returned from his journeys, he decided to help others travel the same way. Become Explorers. Discover new places beyond the horizon. At their own pace. According to their own needs and desires. Trips as unique as each and every one of us.
So the Traveller founded Indie Horizons.
Because travelling should be exciting, engaging, and meaningful.
Because travelling should be about flexibility and freedom of choice.
Because travelling should be about exploring new enchanting places.
Because travelling should be about experiencing different cultures.
Because travelling should be, above all, about discovering yourself.
Who we are
We are a team of experienced travellers and travel coaches, based in Athens, Greece. We offer our assistance to passionate travellers eager to explore the wondrous sights and experiences that the world has to offer. We work with individual travellers, travel agencies, and life coaching groups. While resting between trips, we keep the travelling magic alive with exciting travel-related events and activities for our expanding local traveller community and other organisations.
- We provide travel coaching services, helping travellers create more meaningful and sustainable journeys that enhance awareness, personal growth, and self-empowerment.
- We design tailored self-guided itineraries to anywhere around the world, after thorough firsthand research, according to the needs and desires of each individual traveller.
- We organise unique travel-related events and experiences around Athens and beyond.
- We do not offer tourism services, vacation packages, or guided tours. Although we are not a travel agency ourselves, you can book such services through our selected partners.
Our signature programmes
Around the World in 80 Trips
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 itineraries (and costs) are indicative, and are tailored to each traveller’s particular interests, budget, and style.
Around Greece in 52 Weeks
A more vacation oriented (although still heavily exploring) project, covering every part of the country, one week at the time. Designed to provide the traveller with unique and in depth insight into one of the most beloved, beautiful and diverse countries of Europe.
Around Athens in 7 Days
One of the most lively European capitals, famous for its rich history, warm hospitality, vibrant nightlife, and delicious cuisine. A series of walks and experiences around Athens and Attica, that will enable the traveller to discover the true heart of the city, beyond the classic tourist routes.
Why choose us
Freedom and flexibility
Forget the classic tourist package. Forget the big bus. Forget the rushed sightseeing.
By creating your own unique journey, you will experience exactly what you want to see, for as long as you want, travelling solo or with the company of your friends.
Indie Horizons designs amazing trips, that will ensure for you a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. Every itinerary is tailored to your own personal interests and needs. You can spend the night in a hostel, in a treehouse, or in a luxury villa. You can spend your days visiting museums, exploring neighbourhoods, tasting delicacies, or hiking the woods. You can travel by train, by rental car, by local minibus, or even by horse cart. You can join a local tour or wander around on your own. The choice is always yours.
There are no fixed departures. There are no fixed paths. There are no fixed schedules.
You will have a complete daily programme at your disposal, with detailed suggestions about things to see, do, and experience. But you are free to follow them or not. A fully and professionally organised trip, without missing the pleasure of independent travelling.
Design your own unique travel experience.
Travel your own way
Explore at your own pace.
Don’t rush. Take your time. See what you want to see. For as long as you want. Sip a cup of coffee. Relax in a hammock. Experience local culture. In our itineraries, you don’t have a programme; you have options, so that you can enjoy such moments. The choice is yours.
Appreciate the uniqueness of the world.
Our itineraries focus on the uniqueness of each destination, trying to showcase the splendour of each particular corner of the world. We hunt for monasteries in Tibet, beaches in the Caribbean, bazaars in the Middle East, safaris in Africa. Each trip with a unique and distinct flavour.
Make your own choices.
Escape from the big groups. Travel whenever you want. Explore a whole country or a single city. Travel solo, or with a company of friends. Enjoy your time together. Bond. Meet new people in the destination.
Explore at your own pace and time.
Immerse in local culture
Travel should be sustainable and empowering to the local communities.
We always look for ways to minimise the impact our trips have in the environment. And your travels can help others. By using local companies, you ensure that the money you spent go directly to the local people. Always respect local culture. After all, you are their guest.
Use local guides. Sleep in local accommodation. Eat local food.
There is no point travelling to the other side of the world, simply to repeat the same things you can do back in your home base. Forget the burgers, hit the exotic night market. Walk the streets. Join a festival. Mingle with the local culture as much as possible.
Local does not mean low quality.
A cute English cottage. A traditional Japanese inn. A beach guesthouse. A French café. We try to include the most authentic options in our trips. The point is to let yourself fully immerse and become one with the destination.
Break free of the tourist bubble.
Value for money
You choose and control the price of your trip.
We are travel coaches, not travel agents. We do not take commission. Our pricing is transparent. We charge only for the research we deliver, not package tourism services. So it is up to you to decide how cheap or expensive your accommodation, flights, and activities are going to be.
We always look for the best value for money deal for our travellers.
We are budget-conscious. For us, it is best to skip some secondary luxuries, to save money for additional trips. We connect with local agencies directly, cutting out the middlemen, significantly lowering the cost of the trip. We hunt for online deals and secret discounts. And we use these discounts for the benefit of our travellers.
But cheap is not always better.
After years of travelling and travel research, we can easily discern the cheap from the cheapish. Sometimes it is much more preferable to spend a little bit more, to enjoy services of far higher quality.
See the world for less, not less of the world.
Thorough firsthand Research
We are experienced and savvy travellers. But on top of that, we are experienced researchers.
We spend countless hours in online as well as field research, compiling a variety of activities for any type of traveller in each destination. We search street by street, page by page, to find the best route, the best solution, the ideal local guide to use. We expand our knowledge base every day with new information.
We have high standards, and we select only those activities that match them.
Trips should be engaging. Trips should be flexible. Trips should be affordable.
We know perfectly well that to most travellers the research is half the fun of the trip.
But today we deal with too much information. Too many blogs to read. Too many reviews to unravel. And each traveller has his own personal point of view, that most likely differs significantly from your own. A travel coach will help you save time, and use their expertise to filter out the noise and deliver to you only information that matters.
Born from travellers, for travellers.
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 toilet (among other small luxuries). 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, unique tailored itineraries that will help make the most of our precious travel time, experiencing 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.