Hi, I’m Shawn Mollerus, the founder of FFX Adventures.
FFX Adventures is an American adventure tour company made up of professionals with many years of industry experience and expertise. We specialize in offering authentic travel experiences exclusively for travelers in their 30s and 40s.
Travel, exploration, and experiencing everything our planet has to offer is my passion, and you could say some of my earliest memories are of travel. From a young age, I had many opportunities to explore and experience the world. I grew fond of learning about different countries, the people, the culture, the sites, and the food that make everything about a place unique. After college, I found myself working in the industry. First, as a tour leader in the field, leading different inbound groups and working with foreign companies managing group travel logistics. I loved this because I was able to be abroad; I met tons of interesting people, and I enjoyed being able to experience the destination at an authentic level.
In 2013 I attended a summit in London on the highlights of adventure travel. This series of lectures focused on how to deliver authentic travel experiences in unique destinations. From establishing relations and setting up tour operations in nations with little or no tourism infrastructure to furthering tourism in developed countries. I left the summit in London with a lot of new insight into the industry and the desire to create a new way to experience travel. When I arrived back in the states, I started offering my travel knowledge as a consultation service. I specialized in designing exotic travel experiences abroad and piecing together local companies overseas to make these experiences happen. I found my true passion.
It has been 15 years since I started in the travel industry and over 100 countries that I have traveled in. There have been many changes in how one can experience a destination. We have seen the rise of Eco-Tourism in destinations like Costa Rica. Extreme expeditionary travel in places like the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan. Wellness travel in remote, tranquil places such as the highlands of Laos. We have also seen the emergence of countries where little or no tourism existed some years ago which are now flourishing, such as Namibia. There has been a significant push for sustainable travel and keeping destinations pristine while supporting the local economy of a region. I came to realize that most of the changes have been about how we experience the destination, and not about individual travelers.
The majority of the adventure travel industry is marketed towards travelers that are either in their 20s or over 50. Most trips for the 20s market are very basic and offer very little to accommodate the traveler. The 50+ market is often made up of high priced tours, that lack activity and feels somewhat stuffy.
In 2018 I thought about all of this, and I was like well what about the traveler who is in their 30s and 40s. I am thirty-five, and what is out there for me? I want to be a part of a group of likeminded peers. A group where friendships made on the adventure last long after the last flight home. I want to have activity on my adventure where I can explore ancient ruins deep in a jungle one minute, and raft down a remote river the next. I want to stay in excellent accommodations that are unique, local, clean, and safe. If they offer a gym and a spa service, sign me up. I want to dive into the culinary world of the destination that I’m exploring. I want to learn how they make their food and enjoy authentic cuisine. I want to have cultural experiences that are true, local, and not routine. I want all of this, and I want it at a reasonable, affordable price.
So after a ton of thinking about what was missing in the industry. I created FFX Adventures. A small American adventure travel company trying to make a difference in the travel industry. We are offering all of the above exclusively for the traveler in their 30s and 40s. Be apart of something great, and experience the world with your peers. Authentic adventure, cultural immersion, and culinary experiences await you at FFX Adventures. This is the new style of adventure travel for the 2020s.
We currently have in the works for 2020 fixed date group trips to over 20 countries in both mainstream and off the beaten path group destinations worldwide. In addition to our group adventures, we specialize in private anytime-anywhere adventures. These adventures are like our fixed dated group departures, but they are available for couples, small groups, and individual travelers to take any time. Besides group and private adventures, we also offer a bespoke travel service where we take a travel idea that you have and make it into a reality. We will work with you one on one to design an adventure. We will then present the adventure to you for free. If you would like to use our services to operate and run your dream adventure, we would be more than happy to serve you. We can design and operate almost any type of travel experience in around 150+ countries worldwide.
I personally oversee or work with every FFX Adventures client. I look forward to getting to know you and working with you on your adventure travel needs.