The Travel Scientists: World’s most Gonzo adventure travel operator

The Travel Scientists: World’s most Gonzo adventure travel operator

The Travel Scientists is the world’s most gonzo adventure travel operator. Our maniacal travel research specialists have concocted a handful of the most daring, inspiring & infinitely memorable excursions that can be found in the modern world. You’re in exclusive company when you travel with us, because we only open our adventures to fellow enthusiasts who have exactly what it takes:

• A true passion to make each journey an adventure.
• A desire to go off the beaten track… and stay there awhile.
• A willingness to delve beyond the usual boundaries and into the unknown.
• An enthusiasm for exploring with like-minded ne’er do wells!

Want a taste of the craziness we have in store? Please visit some of our exciting events, where the pictures & videos reveal previous adventures: spectacular sights, amazing thrills, once-in-a-lifetime experiences… and a little drunken naughtiness! It’s all there, so check out the fun.

We are The Travel Scientists, constantly brewing up new adventures in our twisted laboratory. We explore. We discover. We have an absolute blast. Most of all… we live life to its fullest. If that’s your idea of a great time, we hope you’ll join us. Just be warned… there won’t be any mints on the pillows!

About the Travel Scientists


So who are we, telling you how to travel and all that? The Travel Scientists was founded by Aravind, a young Indian entrepreneur & adventurer living partly in Budapest, Hungary and Chennai, India. While racing through Mauritania many years ago, huddled beneath a rusty Lada in the midst of a massive sandstorm, inspiration struck:
– “Is there anything I could be doing that’s even crazier than this?” And thus was born, a few short months later, the very first ‘Rickshaw Challenge‘ and the core of what would become The Travel Scientists.

Racing across Southern India in the middle of the monsoon season indeed proved to be much crazier than a desert road rally, and we soon attracted a number of fellow travelers dedicated to the spirit of discovery… and mild insanity! Now our ‘Rickshaw Challenge’ is much imitated by lesser copycats, but that has only added laurels to our reputation as the best & boldest among modern-day conquistadors.

As our legion of dedicated fanatics has grown, so has our drive to reward them with increasingly exciting excursions. We opened our Budapest office in 2008 to launch several new circuits, including the ‘Caucasian Challenge’ through the notorious Eastern European conflict zones of the 1990s. Not even the immediate outbreak of the Georgia-Russia War that year could interrupt our exploration of the spectacular Caucasus Mountains!

Following that success, in 2010 we inaugurated our ‘Trans-Sahara Run’ from the sparkling shores of the Tunisian Mediterranean, across desert expanses untouched by modern explorers, to the Atlantic Ocean at the pristine Bight of Benin.

Due to the high demand from our fellow travelers, we go further East in 2012. The brand new product of our lunatic scientists takes you to the very heart of mystic Central Asia. Driving through fabled medieval cities and remote villages of the Silk Road all the way to the Pamir Mountains (a.k.a the roof of the World) the Central Asia Rally is an extraordinary trip leading you to the perfect place to re-discover real adventure .

Today, our dedicated adventure research staff has expanded into a bona fide team of ‘Travel Scientists’ who have turned their backs on a normal, 9-to-5 life. Instead, we have leaped head-first into the opportunity to live our passion: to study, develop, create, and share opportunities for adventure travel, voyages of discovery, and the chance to participate in experiences that very few men & women even dream of. Now that doesn’t sound too bad, does it!

What are The Travel Scientists really about?

Our mission is actually quite simple - we want to renew the sense of fun, adventure, and discovery that used to go hand-in-hand with world travel. Because what is the point of journeying thousands of miles just to visit a slightly transformed version of home?

Carefully guided tours, comfortable hotels & trendy cuisine have nearly extinguished the visceral thrill of exploration.

At The Travel Scientists, we conspire every day to revive the spirit of adventure that formerly made every journey abroad the thrill of a lifetime – we want to take you away from the airport, out of the hotel, and off the beaten path.

We have seen remarkable sights, met incredible new friends, and lived unforgettable adventures and it is our privilege now to share those things with like-minded travel enthusiasts. For you to join in, all it takes is a willingness to step away from the familiar and embrace the spirit of discovery that burns bright within each of us.