Press release: Expat Explorers launches in Asia
Singapore’s growing market attracts new travel website
Families encouraged to be more adventurous
6 May, 2014. Singapore. A new free and independent travel service has moved to Singapore aiming to inspire families to pack their bags and explore.
Asia has overtaken Europe as the world’s fastest growing travel market, indicating a tourism explosion in the region. Expat Explorers is a new free travel service designed to support new travellers. It started life as a diary by journalist Helen McClure and has followers from all over the world.
“My children have been dragged around different countries most of their lives,” Helen said. “I wanted them to have a virtual memory box of their travels.”
Expat Explorers now offers independent in-depth insights into trips undertaken by a young family, as well as excursion ideas, itineraries, tips and photographs.
Using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as the Expat Explorers website and newsletters, followers receive and share free travel news, comment and information.
Helen said: “I’m passionate about travel and learning about how our world works, and why we live where we do. Just because you have children it doesn’t mean that you can’t travel. Expat Explorers helps give families confidence by offering examples and information. The aim is to make it easier and less daunting to organise a more adventurous trip.”
Having lived in the UK, Chicago and Dubai the family has now moved to Singapore. Helen added: “Singapore is a top travel hub and the market is growing really fast here. It’s an exciting time to move. We’ve lived in Chicago, which is one of the coldest places, Dubai, which is one of the hottest, and now Singapore, which is one of the most humid.”
The Expat Explorers recent adventures have included exploring the mountains, sand dunes and wadis of Oman, overland journeys through Java and outdoor adventures in New Zealand.
Helen said: “Of course it’s not as easy to travel with children, but they don’t end your travel dreams. Once you’ve considered your pace of travel, likely hurdles and budget, the rest is plain sailing. Most people raised an eyebrow when they learn we travel so much with a six and a four-year-old, but the children have gathered such great experiences. Their memories include watching the sunrise over a volcano, paddling in natural hot springs and climbing bright orange sand dunes.”
As well as travel ideas, Expat Explorers offers expat advice and insight.
“Our move to Singapore is our fourth country in four years,” Helen added. “It’s a lot to deal with but we’ve got so much information to share. The expat community is a supportive one and that’s the real raison d’ être for Expat Explorers.”
Notes to editors:
· Interviews, photographs and case studies available.
· Expat Explorers is based on the first hand experience of the founder, Helen McClure, who has lived in the USA, UK, UAE, Kuwait and Singapore, and has visited more than 55 countries.
· As a trained journalist and freelance communications consultant, Helen is available to undertake assignments.
+65 8189 4454
Expat Explorers offers wider travel news and comment through social media:
 Asian Pacific has overtaken Europe as the world’s biggest regional travel market, earning gross bookings of US$326.2 billion, a figure that is expected to grow by 8% in 2013 – updated figures yet to be released. Growth figures predict the Asia Pacific travel market will reach US$351.9 bn this year, according to industry research authority, PhoCusWright. With 38 million international arrivals in the first eight months of this year, the Asia Pacific region has exceeded all projections.
The figures were released at ITB Asia in October.