Upon joining, members can immediately book any upcoming trip. Members also receive an invite to our online community and access to local, self-organized meetups in cities around the world.
Bolt is built upon five key principles:
1. Experiences are better shared with friends, whether they are new or old.
2. The sum of our community is stronger than its parts. We travel further together.
3. We're an inclusively exclusive organization; we don't care what you look like, where you work, or when you were born. We seek all stripes, and focus on what a prospective member can add to our community.
4. We respect each other, the places we travel, and the people we encounter in equal measure.
5. We value transparency, honesty, and the ability to adapt.
Detailed planning and relaxed programming is taken care of by experts. There's at least one trip per month, including long weekends designed to accommodate busy schedules, and you're welcome to join as many as you'd like.
Bolt members also get access to local meetups in major cities, and an online Slack group to get in touch with other members, coordinate adventures, and self-organize travel before and after Bolt Experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Bolt's community look like?
Bolt's members grew up and live around the world. Our community is 60% female / 40% male, spans in age from 23 to 60+ years old, and spend their working days in fields as varied as social work, corporate law, teaching, photography, and oil exploration, and their leisure time playing music, downhill mountain biking, sketching, hula hooping, and chasing waves (to name a few more).
Why do you charge a membership fee?
We’re looking for people invested in our mission of building the most awesome community of travelers in the world. Before joining, prospective members have casual phone conversations with both a Bolt teammember and a current Bolt member. This curation through the application process wouldn’t be possible without an investment from the prospective member.
Is Bolt group travel?
Bolt offers accommodation, opportunities to break bread together, and one optional, curated, thoughtfully designed activity per day. But there's no set itinerary or schedule ("everyone on the bus by 9am!") - we believe in bringing people together around interesting concepts and developing delightful, surprising, engaging moments to stoke serendipity and connection.
How many members go on each Experience? Am I guaranteed a spot?
The number of members on each trip varies, depending on the Experience. Maintaining a vibrant, inclusive sense of community is top of mind as we plan Experiences, and the capacity of each trip reflects this mindset. A typical Bolt Experience hovers around 15 members.
Experiences open to all members at the same time. Our goal is to offer all members access to each Experience, and we pledge to do everything in our control to include members who want to join, even last minute. However, given that many of the experiences we offer have limited capacity, we’re unable to guarantee space, and encourage members to book early to secure their spot.
How do deposits and payment work for experiences, and can I cancel once booked?
To secure your spot on an experience, log into the Members Page, select the trip you'd like to join, and follow the prompts to send your 50% deposit via PayPal (no transaction fee, if sent by bank transfer) or credit card (2.9% + .25 transaction fee to cover costs). The remaining balance is due at least one month before the experience departure date.
We understand things come up, and our goal is to be as flexible as possible. As long as you request your deposit back more than 30 days before the trip, we can issue a refund. Within 30 days of departure date, payments are non-refundable.
Can I bring a significant other or friend with me on a Bolt experience?
Experiences are limited exclusively to members to ensure everyone attending has been vetted by current members, and are committed to our mission and code of conduct.
Current members interested in bringing a friend or significant other are encouraged to invite them to join Bolt. Prospective members can reference their referral in the application process.
Will Bolt always be capped at 300 members?
Our mission: build the world's most exceptional community of travelers. With this goal in mind and a current membership base of approximately 200, Bolt is currently capped at 300 members. We may extend beyond that in 2019. Collective purchasing power only grows in efficacy as more people put their weight behind it - so once we prove this model with several hundred members, we’ll look at expansion.
A Few Words From Bolt Members
"Our parents had spaces to create life-long friendships - community centers, synagogues, churches, neighborhood associations. Bolt provides opportunities to form similar bonds, through meaningful travel experiences around the world."
"Bolt is an escape valve. I know that, every month, there's a chance for me to join an epic trip, with a mix of interesting, curious people. And the trip costs are accessible enough that I can hop on at least a couple of times per year."
Bolt Founder Dan Pierson
Dan's passion: the creation of superlative live experiences.
His professional background is in the production of events for brands like Airbnb and the Rockefeller Foundation. He's also the creator of Subway Sets, a sold-out concert series bringing New York's best underground musicians up to rooftops above the city. Previously, Dan worked in growth marketing at technology companies Lyft, the Collaborative Fund, and Getable.
Dan's adventures have taken him to 50+ countries, with stints living in Argentina, the Czech Republic, and Mexico, long bicycle rides across the United States and New Zealand, and an (ultimately ill-advised) 500 mile walk across the island of Cuba.