The Free & Easy Story

Curtis Smith

Free & Easy Founder Curt Smith.

Free & Easy was founded on the idea of creating a group travel experience that could replicate the adventure of a spontaneous backpacking journey.  My own life had been altered for the positive because of the opportunity to travel off the beaten path, and to live in the moment with a group of friends for an extended period of time, and I wanted to share that with many more people!

group on beach

I looked at what other travel companies were offering, and I couldn’t help but feel that they were all missing the essence of the best parts of travelling.  Instead Free & Easy aspired to provide a daily lifestyle that was full of amazing experiences, but still had flexibility to go with the flow, and truly enjoy the moment.  The group leaders are there to help guide, but also to be your friend and travel partner. It was about providing true perspective-altering moments.

Curt and friends in Peru

So the aim of Free & Easy became (and still is) to bring together a group of like-minded travelers, turn them into a crew of best friends and take them on an unforgettable adventure to the most amazing places in the world!

beach viewpoint

The first Free & Easy trips took place in the Greek Islands in May 2001, and instantly people raved about having their expectations blown away.  The groups were truly happy, and it was exciting to know there were so many other countries to offer this style of adventure!  In 2002, I first travelled to Thailand and S.E. Asia, and made it to my first Full Moon Party!  Free & Easy has since taken more than 5000 people on Thailand adventures, and meanwhile created new trips to numerous other exotic destinations along the way.

Now in 17 countries including ThailandIndonesiaLaosCambodiaVietnamPhilippinesSouth AfricaGreeceSpainPortugalNicaraguaCosta RicaPanamaPeruColombiaCanadaUSA, Free & Easy may have grown, but we still operate on the same concepts we started with: Care-Free and Easy-Going Travel.


Find out more about Free & Easy and meet the rest of our family here.


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