What is Grasshopper Adventures all about?
Little green insects that hop around the place, rubbing their wings together and
occasionally getting a little bit rowdy. That's us, well kind of...
Having worked in tourism for a long time we know there are plenty of companies out there that run the same trips with such regularity that they have lost their true connection with the destination. Then there are the other companies that just grab an established tour company brochure and replicate what already exists. That's not us. We carefully craft every tour we offer, making sure that we are not compromising on our goal of getting you out into a country to truly experience everything that makes it tick - the good the bad and the smelly. But what else makes Grasshopper so special?
Travel with a conscience...
An integral part of travelling is to have a positive impact on the country that you are visiting. On all our trips there are small things that you can do to have a positive impact: from learning a bit of local language to having a blind massage to eating in a restaurant that trains street kids in the hospitality industry. Your guide will inform you of any projects that we come across that can be supported while we travel.
Young company, old hands...
Grasshopper is made up of a small group of people with countless years working in Asia. We are people who have "been there, done that" with the larger companies and want the chance to take our customers to out of the way places that they love as well as Asia's favourite places. In the years since we started in 2004 we must be doing something right because over 8500 people a year now join us on their travels in Asia.
Quality, not bargain basement
An important part of the Grasshopper philosophy is to charge reasonable prices for quality trips. As a web based company we don't have the huge overhead costs of large tour companies. We charge reasonable prices but provide great bikes, quality accommodation and unbeatable value for money. When we design a tour we don't have a target price in mind, we craft the tour as it should be and let the price work itself out.
Personal, timely, passionate...
As a small company, Grasshopper Adventures can offer a level of service far beyond anything possible by the big travel companies. By the time you arrive on your trip we will know you quite well because you will be dealing with our staff in country. All your inquiries are handled by our crew in the field, not office bound sales people, so you know any information provided is not only factual but also the most up-to-date available.
Why be lonely...
Grasshopper Adventures run trips for groups of just about any reasonable size on request, in fact the biggest so far has been 67 people! For the scheduled tours on our site we limit group sizes from 6-14 people, amongst the smallest group sizes in the industry. On all our joining trips there will likely be other travellers from all over the world participating as well - surely one of the great parts of travelling with a group. Our travellers have so far ranged in age from 5 to over 80 years old.
Where we are...
On all of our trips you will accompanied by a Grasshopper Adventures tour guide, selected not just for their ability to ride a bike, but also for their love, passion, and experience in the countries where we operate. For larger bike groups a mechanic will join to assist in making sure your bike is also well cared for. All this ensures you will be well looked after during the trip. We do, however, consider it important that we are not 'baby-sitting' you while you travel with us, so that you have opportunities to experience Asia on your own terms.
Home sweet home...
One thing you can be sure of while travelling with Grasshopper Adventures is that the accommodation used will be varied. Generally we use everything from comfortable hotels with all the mod-cons to small guesthouses or lodges which may be light on amenities but full of character or history, each day of cycling will bring you to a new home away from home. Private groups can choose the level of accommodation to suit their needs and budget.
We do not charge a single supplement for people travelling alone. We will match you up with another same sex, single traveller to share a room with. In the event that you do wish to have a room to yourself, on most of our tours we have a voluntary single supplement available at an extra cost. That way no-one else has to put up with your snoring!
The joy of life...
The food in Asia is always one of the most memorable parts of any trip. On all our trips most meals are included along with plenty of free time to explore the culinary delights of the country to suit your own tastes. In the back blocks the meals are simple and hearty while in the bigger town we enjoy wonderful local specialities. You'll not have to worry about going hungry.