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The Story

Hello, fellow travelers! My name is Shelby Mota, and I fell in love with Under30Experiences in November 2016. I was twenty-three, had never left North America, and none of my friends wanted to commit the time and money to travel. Being young and single, I knew that this was the time to take advantage of new experiences; and money was just a small sacrifice for a lifetime of memories.

I was working my first “big girl” job and had just finished my Masters degree, when I desired more than a glass of wine to celebrate. I simply Googled “single travelers”, and Under30Experiences was the first website to pop up on my screen. I read countless rave reviews before it took me all of twenty minutes to decide that I was going to embark on my first world travel experience within two months. COSTA RICA! PURA VIDA!

This trip literally changed my life. I met so many incredible people, had my first zip lining experience in the jungle (EFFING INCREDIBLE), ate beautiful exotic fruits, and enjoyed $2 drinks (NOWHERE IN THE US IS THIS A THING). We spent each night sharing our stories of how we came to this incredible place and how much we wanted this to shape our lives thereafter.

Two years later, I’ve swam with the sharks in Belize, saw two of the New Wonders of the World (Chichen Itza in the Yucatan, The Colosseum in Rome), and climbed a glacier in Iceland. These trips have intensified my passion for other cultures and have given me new friends from all over the US. This year, I’ll be visiting some newfound friends in the States and will be reuniting with other friends in Bali and Spain.


Each new trip has opened my eyes to a new experience and life lesson.

1) Don’t be afraid to say “yes” and try new things. You never know what you might be missing out on.

2) In contrast, it’s okay to say “no” to areas in your life that make you unhappy: job, relationships, current city of residence, etc.

3) Make the most of your situation. Ask yourself how you can continually grow and improve yourself and your surroundings.

4) Everyone has a story. Be open to sharing yours and to be receiving of others’.

Much love,


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U30X is such an amazing travel community. Once your trip is over, the experience is not. They keep in touch with their alumni & provide platforms for travel questions, personal development, & community connections in your own backyard! If you're a young person looking to travel I highly recommend U30X!

There are not enough ways for me to describe how amazing this company is. After my first trip I always told people, it wasn't about the location, but the experience that u30x gave me. I have some of the best experiences of my life with u30x, and now a passion for travel. Also, their alumni community and groups are awesome too!

Traveling with U30X has been life changing for me. I've made lifelong friends with both travelers and staff. I can't come up with enough good things to say about the company, the people, and the experiences I've had!

Just returned from my second trip with Under30Experiences. My first trip was to the Costa Rica rainforest. My most recent trip was to Iceland. Both trips were such an amazing experience. I loved learning about Iceland and its origins. I enjoy the small groups and I made some great new friends! Recommend them for anyone wanting to travel alone or with a couple of friends.

I was so scared to travel abroad alone and then I came across their website and they made international travel so easy! And the people I’ve met on the trips are some amazing individuals! I’ve done 6 of their trips and plan on continuing to do even more!!

My Hike the Inca Trail trip was beyond amazing, and I couldn't have asked for anything more from a trip. Our leaders made us all feel instantly comfortable, and the group was fantastic. The trip was well planned and the hike was unforgettable. Memories to last a lifetime.

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