How do you decide on which experiences to offer on Seek Sophie?
We like to see ourselves as explorers so, often it's not just about the cool stuff that we get to see when we reach a place, but it's also about the journey there. We like journeys that are a little bit more difficult, to places where fewer people have been, and which unveil to us something incredibly beautiful and special. Mostly, we trust our intuition as travellers: if we come away from the journey feeling like we have uncovered something special, somewhere that we will recommend to our friends, we will list it. If not, we leave it off the site.
How do you decide on which guides to list on the site?
Once we find a special experience we would like to offer on Seek Sophie, we will get to know all the local guides who can take travellers on that experience. But we will not list all the guides we find. We will only list the guides who very good at what they do and who also have a huge amount of heart - guides who care about travellers as friends, who genuinely want to show someone else their home and who want to give back to their local communities through their work.
I have a great recommendation for you!
Yes please, we love recommendations! Please do get in touch with us if you have a great guide or experience you want other travellers to know about.
Yes, we're always looking for great people to join our team, whether as an intern, a freelancer or a full-time member of the team. We know that there are so many people out there - like you! - who would love to combine their love of travel with their skills, whatever they may be. If you're a traveller who is optimistic, wants to change the world and shares our mission to make remote, inspirational experiences accessible to other travellers, we would love to hear from you!
Will I get to travel if I join you?
Yes of course! Seek Sophie is made up of a community of travellers and whether you join us as an intern, a freelancer or a full-time member of the team, we would love for you to explore with us and unearth hidden gems in Asia. We believe that travelling together as a team makes us a stronger and better team.
How do I apply?
It's really simple. Just write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what skills you would like to contribute to Seek Sophie, what you're hoping to learn and why you love difficult journeys. We can't wait to hear from you!
Your card will only be charged at the time of booking for the experiences with strict cancellation policies (these are for experiences where the local operators need to make payments upfront). For all other experiences, we will only charge your card on the start date of the experience. All bookings are subject to the cancellation policies set by the local operators, so even if your card is charged at the time of booking, we will refund your card promptly according to the relevant cancellation policy.
Can I trust you with my card details?
We take security very seriously and protect your security in two ways. First, all pages on seeksophie.com run on HTTPS which provides a secure, encrypted connection between your internet browser and seeksophie.com. HTTPS is the global standard used to protect highly confidential online transactions such as online banking services. Second, we use Stripe, a global leading payment processing platform, for our payment services at seeksophie.com. Stripe is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1, which is the most stringent certification available in the payments industry worldwide.
Yes of course! Cancellations within the cancellation period (which you can find on the relevant experience booking page) will not be charged. If you would like to cancel, please contact us and we'll be pleased to help.
My travel schedule has changed, can I change the date of the booking?
If you need to make any changes to your booking, please let us know of any changes as soon as you can and we'll check with the local operator you have booked with. We'll do our best to accommodate your schedule, but please note that any changes outside the cancellation period may be treated as a cancellation and charged if the revised date doesn't work for the local operator.
An emergency has come up at the last-minute. Can I cancel outside the cancellation period?
We're sorry to hear that. We understand that unexpected events crop up when travelling, so if you need to cancel as a result of any emergency, just contact us and we will do our best to help!
We don't list any places that we haven't been to ourselves or that we think might be unsafe. We also get to know each and every one of the local operators that we list on a personal basis so that we know that you're in good hands. As frequent solo travellers, we are super vigilant about our own safety when we travel, and we take that approach when crafting seeksophie.com as well. If you have any specific concerns, please do contact us and we're happy to offer travel safety tips or answer any questions so that you can be prepared for your trip.
Do I need to get travel insurance?
We're big fans of travel insurance because it has given us peace of mind on many of our trips. Some of our local operators do have insurance recommendations for their specific activity so if you need any recommendations, please contact us and we can see if they have any recommendations for you.
Yes we do, and thank you for thinking of us for your gifts! We think travel experiences make the perfect gifts so please contact us and we can help tailor the best experience for your gift recipient. Gift cards can be for any amounts of more than US$50.
What kind of gift experiences do you offer?
The experiences can be the activities we're already listing on our site, or interesting new ones that we have recently discovered (but are not up on the site yet). We would love to understand your gift recipient better so that we can find something that he/she would be really excited about. We may even be able to throw in a special surprise during the experience depending on the occasion!
Won't that be expensive?
Nope, because we don't charge a fee for our gift planning services and we work with the guides to make sure you get the best prices for the activities. We promise to help you find a gift that is within your budget and which is perfect for your gift recipient!