Laura Friis

Laura Friis

Adventure Travel Specialist

I’ve been in the travel industry for more than 30 years, and focus mainly on small group adventure travel. My wilderness childhood in a tiny coastal town in BC, followed by many years working as a wildlife biologist, cultivated a keen interest in traveling to parts of the world where wilderness and wildlife are still abundant. From hearing Weddell seals sing under the sea ice in the Antarctic, dog sledding adventures in the Candian Arctic, and birdwatching in Belize, to treks to Madagascar to see lemurs, I’ve helped my clients explore the far reaches of the planet.

My clients are interested in active adventures that take them into the natural world and off the beaten track. I help them explore all the possibilities, and research the best options to take them there.

In 2005, I discovered the wonderful world of small ship expedition travel, and have sailed to both polar regions and points in between, on ships operated by companies like Adventure Canada, Quark Expeditions and G Adventures.

I continue to explore all continents, visiting the world’s wildest places and introducing others to them as well. if you imagine a satellite view of the earth by night, you’ll find me travelling where the lights are fewest!

At Departures Travel, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work with you to realize your travel dreams, no matter how far off the beaten track you’d like to go.

If you’d like to make an appointment with me to discuss traveling somewhere a little different, you can get in touch at

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