Jamie Gearside considers travel the best way to escape from the mundane and stresses of everyday life. This 40-year old Return-to-Work Specialist from Newcastle, Australia joined Expat Explore on a tour to Eastern USA and Canada. “Travelling helps me clear my head, all my troubles disappear and become insignificant when there is a new place to explore or experience to be had. Travelling is my first love, it’s always on my mind and something that I am constantly thinking about. Jamie took the time to share her Expat Explore travel experience with us – from embarking on her travels alone, to the perks of organised group travel.


Going solo? I loved it!

“I was initially worried about travelling solo as I thought I would be bored and lonely and just look plain sad. But after doing my recent Expat Explore tour solo, I now know that I have absolutely nothing to worry about. Travelling solo was the best decision I made!

Destinations on the USA & Canada tour – New York City, Boston in America and the Niagara falls and Montreal in Canada.

I admit that deciding to travel with strangers does initially sound awkward but by the end of Day 1, those strangers soon become my travelling friends and a rare few eventually become like family. I have found that everyone has one thing in common, and that is a love of the country we have all set out to explore.”

Never traveled before? Nothing should stop you from booking, including money.

“You can book that dream trip now, even if you have to slowly pay it off before you go. But once its booked, you at least have it to look forward to. I guarantee that once you start, you will be addicted and will be thinking about booking your next one as soon as you are back.”

Why Expat Explore? I did my research and it was just the best fit for me.

“I had done a previous European trip with Expat Explore in 2014. I had enjoyed that trip so much, I had no hesitation in booking my 2nd trip with them. I had been researching areas of ‘New England’ and ‘Canada’ when I came across details of this new Eastern USA and Canada trip on the Expat Explore website. It was absolutely perfect and exactly what I wanted so I booked it immediately.

The variety of trips that Expat Explore has to offer and the value for money makes them a number one choice for me. And the fact that they guarantee every trip listed will leave makes them a very safe choice.”

Jamie and the crew on tour!

Organized group travel? It let me experience more than expected.

“Without the expert advice and detailed history from my tour guide who has travelled to the East Coast of America and Canada on numerous occasions, I would not have gotten to see or learn about half of the things that I was able to see on this organized tour. I would have spent a lot of my time asking locals where to go and then trying to read a map and find these places. I would have had to negotiate the local transport on my own wasting valuable time.

An organized tour is invaluable if you are making a first time visit to any place or country.”

Questions & Comments




  1. How about the visa? Filipinos needs a visa, are we going to get it by ourselves or the expat company will do?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Elsa, Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents (this is an embassy/consulate requirement by law). Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com – please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

  2. rosie sabalo says:

    how much is the cost?

  3. Thelma P Satin says:

    Hello, I am interested in Italian tour next year (November 2019)in a very low budget.will you help processing my euro visa?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Thelma, please take a look at our tours to Italy here. The best part is that we pride ourselves in having amazing prices! One of our agents will get in touch with you to find the ideal Italian vacation.

  4. Maria Jocelyn Estabaya says:

    Wanted to know how much it cost for a europe tour?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Maria, you’re welcome to take a look at our tours to Europe here. A member from our team will be in contact with you to find the best tour for you!

  5. How can i have a travel in singapore from manila in a cheapest way were 3 with my 2 grand chikdren what are the requirement it should be on May 20 to 24

    • Guest Explorers says:

      Hi Eda,

      We do not have any tours to Singapore at this moment in time.

      We have other tours that may interest you and are suitable for your desired departure date.

      Best of luck with your travel arrangements, hope to see you aboard one of our tours soon!

  6. May I know if you have any agent here in the Phillippines. Thank you 😊

    • Guest Explorers says:

      Hi Pamela,

      We do have a trusted agent in the Philippines, Travel Specialist Ventures.

      Feel free to contact them should you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

      Hope to see you on one of our Expat tours soon!

  7. European tour details please… thank you😊

  8. Hi, I am afraid of travelling solo but reading Jamie’s comments above, I think I want to try it. Do you have tour in Iceland? I want to see aurora borealis? Thanks!

    • Guest Explorers says:

      Hi Leny,

      We welcome all solo travelers!

      We do not have any tours to Iceland at this moment in time.

      You are welcome to view the amazing tours that we do offer here.

      Hope you book with us soon!

  9. How can i book my destination .. is it rquired if u are a member cof expat?? But im a memeber of geoup expat Cebu

    • Guest Explorers says:

      Hi Aizah B,

      How excellent that you would like to book an Expat Explore tour.

      You are able to book via our website or contact us if you would prefer.

      Hope to see you travelling with us soon!

  10. What if after paying the package in full the visa is denied. Do you refund or allow us to get another package ?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Ging,

      Thank you for your message.

      We do offer a visa protection service at an additional fee that covers you should your visa be denied. Please click here to find out more information about this service.

      Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  11. Machine picture,iguazo falls, Christ the redeemer, Panama canal says:

    Do you have a tour package for these places? I’m a solo traveller

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi there!

      Thank you for having a look at our tours.

      One of our agents will contact you with more information.

      Hope to see you on one of our Expat tours soon!

  12. Faizullah Mohammed says:

    Hi am faizullah Mohammed from Bangladesh but am stings Swaziland am iabout 10 Year’s in Swaziland am i Able to visit Canada and USA?

    • Expat Explore says:

      Hi Faizullah

      Thank you for your message.

      If you are a Bangladesh citizen, you will require a visa to visit the USA and Canada. We provide our travelers with visa supporting documents that you will need to submit to the relevant embassy. Click here for more information about visas .

      Please follow the link to find out more about our amazing USA & Canada tours.

      Feel free to contact us should you require assistance with your travel arrangements.