Mission Statement

 

Spirited Navigators’ goal is to help people become comfortable traveling around the world, be it is solo, with family, and/or friends. Self awareness and discovery comes from understanding the world we live in.  Without this, realization of how inexperienced we are will never seep in.

We take pride in having traveled many countries with years of experience behind us. We have deep passion for learning about various cultures of the world; different cultures intrigue us. We continue to learn and that never stops. We believe that traveling is the most profound form of education. Spirited Navigators want to help you feel the same with ease. Let us curate custom trips and itineraries for you in such a way that will make you want to explore the world endlessly! We would also like to invite you to join us on one of our many tours so that you can experience the positive impact of travel just as we do!

In addition, we are keen on ensuring we offset our carbon footprint and make efforts to take care of the world we live in so that the cycle of life and nature are restored for future generations to explore. We want to give back to the communities around the world by helping to build, strengthen and bring awareness to the challenges they face.

We truly believe in social causes that can change people’s lives whether it be on a small scale such as helping in a soup kitchen or a collaborating with non profit organizations who are taking big measures to ensure positive changes are being made in the world.

Come…explore with Spirited Navigators. Let’s navigate, learn and improve our world together!

Founders

  • Kapil Desai
    Kapil Desai Founder/Photographer

    Kapil has vast experience consulting at Fortune 100 Corporations in various industries (Pharmaceutical, Finance & Banking, Telecommuications, Insurance to name a few), and with his business acumen, he made a sharp decision to develop his passion into something meaningful to help others discover our world in different ways and full of positivity. Travel is very important to Kapil; he truly believes it is the best form of education one can receive to remain humble and gain discipline.

    In addition, Kapil has a unique perception when it comes to capturing travel moments through photography. Incredibly meticulous about every frame of shot, he will spend however long it takes to ensure that the moment he’s seeing in real life is what you’ll see as a viewer in reel life. It’s not about the camera for him, it’s about the vision.

    A wanderlust himself, he is known for spontaneous travel. One minute he’s contemplating on where to go and the next minute (literally) he buys a ticket to a destination and is set to leave the same day! Yea, it doesn’t get more spontaneous than that, folks. With his spontaneity comes a lot of last minute everything, which includes boarding the plane as the last passenger, often. Kapil is passionate about airports, airlines and visual concepts. So if you read about these three topics on the blog, chances are, he’s the source.

    Two of Kapil’s non-travel passions are fitness and latin music. If you ever step into his car and think you hear a distant noise in the background, turn up the volume, it’s Latin music playing on his radio! Kapil is serious about leading a healthy life style, which travel does not often inherently lend itself to. So, you can be sure that if Kapil is traveling to a destination, the only research he will have done is whether or not there is access to a fitness center nearby.

  • Saadia Shamsie
    Saadia Shamsie Founder/Writer

    “Hand me a book and put me on a plane to anywhere – I’m the happiest girl in the world! Keep me in one place for too long and I become obnoxiously restless!” This pretty much sums up Saadia.

    Traveling since the age of 7 months, Saadia’s father played an instrumental part in her wanderlust. Never outright stating the benefits or importance of travel, he made sure the family traveled a lot. In his eyes, it was the best form of education. These countless road trips and annual international trips would be the catalyst to a lifelong desire to wander the world.

    Saadia is a planner and has a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). She loves researching destinations, creating itineraries, and while not strict about following them, she likes to have background knowledge of everywhere she goes. Ask her what she’s doing in the next five years, she has no clue, ask her what trips she’s got planned, and she’ll spit out her itinerary instantaneously. When she’s not traveling or writing about travel, she’s writing about food, life and reading five or six books simultaneously.

    Saadia graduated with an IT degree, eventually leading to a career in the US Army and US Navy.  Her ability to connect to people and inspire others through her travel stories, is just one of the many facets of her interesting life.  In addition, Saadia is a trained classical dancer and now teaches kids part-time.  A truly multi-talented woman all around, her love for travel radiates with much power when travel-related conversations happen.

    Saadia’s biggest takeaway from travel is the learning experience; she absorbs moments in such a way that every destination, no matter how big or small changes her. She attributes her open-mindedness and understanding of humanity and the world to her travels.

Our Values

Path to Giving Back

We are proud partners of One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees around the world. They work with reforestation organizations in 4 continents (North America, South America, Asia and Africa) to plant trees in the ground. Reforestation focus areas include wildfire restoration, biodiversity and habitat expansion, agroforestry, food security and social impact, and watershed maintenance among others.

$1 plants 1 tree.

Why Trees are Important

  • Air – Trees clean the air we breathe through their leaves and bark; they suck up harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen.
  • Water – Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. They filter the water we drink.
  • Biodiversity – Trees provide habitat to over 80% of the world’s biodiversity.
  • Social Impact- Forests provide jobs to over 1.6 billion people. Sustainable tree farming provides timber to build homes and shelter, and wood to burn for cooking and heating.
  • Health – Trees help reduce stress, anxiety, and allow us to reconnect with nature.
  • Climate – Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere.

Why We Chose One Tree Planted

Travel leaves footprints and we are dedicated to offsetting our carbon footprint. Planting trees is one of the most integral way to do just that! We love how easy One Tree Planted makes it to plant a tree; transparency and accessibility are two important factors for us in deciding which non-profit organizations to partner with and we are so grateful to have found One Tree Planted.

How We are Giving Back

For every travel service we sell, we plant a tree.

For every person that joins us on a tour, we plant a tree.

For every product we sell, we plant a tree.

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