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Make It Epic

Jan 6, 2021 | SOAR Magazine, Elevated Lifestyle

For nearly two decades, Elevated Lifestyle partner Epic Private Journeys has tailored luxury private escapes to some of the world’s most extraordinary places.


Since 2003, family-owned Epic Private Journeys (EPJ) has tailored private journeys to some of the world’s most sensational destinations including (but not limited to) Patagonia, Thailand, Botswana, Namibia, Australia, Madagascar, Peru, Galápagos Islands, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica. Catering to couples, families and small groups of friends, EPJ differentiates from other luxury planners by crafting custom itineraries with the help of professional guides. Their team “lives” the product, and offers a very intimate knowledge of the destination and most importantly, has a comprehensive personal network of contacts on the ground.

Because there is no such thing as a standard journey, EPJ seeks to deliver unique, authentic trips. Through personal consultation, EPJ understands what clients want, need and expect out of a trip. Private guides are available to accompany you, should you wish, to add depth to your experience and allow you to completely immerse yourself in the moment, without having to worry about the moving parts.

Experienced EPJ guide Brad Horn holds a pedigree that few others can match. His passion for adventure was nurtured while growing up on a cattle station in Western Queensland and in his time as an Australian Army Officer. After leaving the army, Horn spent six years living in the African bush operating safaris. In May 2018, he achieved a personal dream of climbing and successfully summiting Mount Everest. Horn has developed enduring relationships with the best tour and resort operators around the world.

Pedro O’Connor, another seasoned EPJ guide, grew up in Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef, turning him into a lifelong adventurer. O’Connor has trekked the Himalayas, ridden camels in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, and been chased by elephants in Zambia. He has climbed active volcanoes and surfed the best waves of Indonesia. O’Connor has spent time on safaris to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique. He has also experienced the cultures of Mauritius, Nepal, India and Europe. For the past three years, O’Connor has been acknowledged as a Travel Specialist by Condé Nast.

What is your travel style?


Do you prefer independent travel designed for you at your own pace or a privately-guided journey with every detail taken care of? Does the independence of meeting new hosts and guides in each location appeal? Or would you rather enjoy the ultimate luxury of having a private guide with you throughout your holiday? Perhaps you’d like to join a small guided group and have every detail taken care of from the outset. With EPJ, you have options.


Independent journeys are designed for you to travel at your own pace on the dates you choose – individually or with family and friends. All independent journeys include the services of local guides. Meticulously planned and seamlessly operated, your adventure includes all transfers, accommodation and private touring. There’s also an “on call” option where guides maintain a respectful distance, acting more like a mix between a friend on the ground and a travel concierge.


For those seeking the ultimate in exclusive service, knowledge and continuity, EPJ private guides can accompany you for the duration of your trip. Having a professional expert on hand from arrival to departure, each step of the way, ensures you make the most of every moment. Your guide also takes care of your daily travel plans allowing you to step back, relax and drink it all in.


Small group journeys occasionally offered by EPJ are geared towards more far-flung adventures often requiring a guide with a high level of expertise for optimal enjoyment. Some examples of these ad-hoc adventure programs include: a snow leopard expedition to India, a trek to Everest Base Camp or a journey to Ethiopia or Madagascar. Small group journeys can still be tailored to fit the wants and needs of private groups, friends and family.

When you plan a trip with Elevated Lifestyle partner Epic Private Journeys, the experience begins and ends with you and your preferences. Each detail in an itinerary can be molded to create a completely custom experience. No two trips will ever be alike!

Planworthy Journey: African Safari


The Epic Wellness Safari combines an African safari experience with daily guided yoga, meditation and nourishing food to restore your body and mind. Open your five senses and anchor your awareness in the beauty of African light. Experience a wonderful sense of being connected to nature in the vastness of the Serengeti. The smells, sounds, and sights will fill your mind and soul with wonder. Designed to heighten the mind-body connection, this experience can be personalized to make for a life-changing adventure.


Planworthy Journey: Galápagos Islands


Retrace Darwin’s footsteps in the volcanic archipelago, visiting seven islands where you’ll be treated to a daily showcase of unique wildlife, long sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters and magical sunsets. Each day you journey in small groups with local naturalists, enjoying the landscape by way of hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. Journey highlights include: swimming and kayaking with curious and playful sea lions, spotting a rare Galápagos penguin speeding by underwater, hammerhead sharks, rays, giant turtles, iguanas, and lava lizards. And birds, so many birds! This journey can be customized to include destinations in Ecuador and the Andes.


Planworthy Journey: The Amazon


For the truly adventurous, a journey through the mighty Amazon can be arranged, including a multi-day river cruise followed by a rigorous trek to ancient Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru. Enjoy the Amazon from the comfort of a private luxury cruise ship but get up close and personal and explore the water on skiffs and kayaks, or pull on waders and walk through dense forest with knowledgeable hosts. Learn about myriad plant and animal species harvested and utilized by local communities as gifts from the forest for food, medicine and survival.