About Explorer Travel

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The UK’s number one Travel Franchise.

Explorer Travel is the first travel franchise to enable franchisees to create their own Travel business to suit their budget and aspirations.

If you are looking for a flexible and profitable home based business in the World of Travel then we have the ideal Travel Franchise.

Explorer Travel recruited its' first Franchise in the summer of 2005.

The idea was simple: to create an affordable opportunity for driven individuals, to mange a home based online travel agency with all the financial backing and support needed to guarantee success.

Our franchisees enjoy the benefit of market leading technology supplied by Traveltek delivering travel search results from 100s of suppliers at trade prices in seconds.

Today, marketing on the internet is the key to suuccess and our franchisees are supported by our sister company: Digital Monopoly, which provides a comprehensive range of digital marketing solutions for our franchisees from our Bangkok office.

Today, Explorer operates over 300 websites on behalf of its franchisees and has grown into a multi million pound business.

Our ethos has remained the same from Day One: to deliver a fully bonded travel agency business with minimal overheads, provide the highest standard of training and support possible and offer some of the highest commissions in the industry.

Introducing the Explorer Travel Team

Meet Steve W - Founder and Owner of Explorer Travel


As the founder and owner of Explorer Travel my role is to orchestrate the marketing strategy to assist our franchisees maximise their travel sales and earnings. Part of this involves ensuring that we offer franchisees the very best travel technology systems, digital marketing options, training and support. 

My days are always busy. Although I live a beautiful coastal town in Southern Spain I usually work a full day at my computer.  

As the Managing Director of our sister company: Digital Monopoly I have to start the day early to "talk' to our offices in Thailand and Australia due to the time difference which varies from 6 to 7 hours ahead of Spain. Afterwards I spend the rest of the day dealing with Explorer Travel business. 

I do a lot of travelling which is not at all glamorous or fun any more. I fly to the UK most months and also to Bangkok and Perth for extended periods. I find the jetlag difficult to cope with. 

I live where I do because I love cycling in the mountains nearby when I have time and also enjoy going for a run (probably a jog in reality) with my rescue dog and also playing Padel, a Spanish court game. 

Padel is a major part of my social life but, of course, drinking wine and eating tapas is essential here as is the custom of drinking coffee with friends."

Meet Stephen H - Operations Manager

My name is Steve (the sensible one) and I am the Operations Manager for Explorer Travel. I deal with all types of day to day Operations which can see me helping with travel bookings to speaking to ABTA about legislation to writing procedures for a new system. I also oversee all IT based functions including all our websites, SEO and online marketing and deal closely with our colleagues in Bangkok and Australia.
I am an avid Manchester City fan having followed them for over 35 years (thats alot of pain) and try to play golf when I am allowed."

Meet Gaynor H - Administration Manager

My name is Gaynor H and I'm the Administration Manager For Explorer Travel.  I have been in travel for 25 years (showing my age!) and have worked for Explorer since 2009.

My role entails administrating the many bookings made by the franchisees, ensuring that their clients receive correct holiday documentation eg tickets,confirmations, receipts, atol certificates etc. At Head Office we offer help and support for all travel related queries, and ensure that our franchisees receive the best offers and deals from our trade partners.

My passion is travel - in my spare time I love cruising the Med, and the Caribbean. I also enjoy reading, socialising and yes exercising believe it or not!"


Meet Deborah G - Administrator

My name is Deborah and I joined the Explorer Travel team in 2008. I spend my working day dealing with the day to day administration for Explorer Travel dealing with invoices, queries, booking confirmations, travel documents etc. I try to keep all agents motivated and up to date with offers/deals via email and facebook posts.

I am a friendly, organised (Queen of admin ha ha) individual that is always willing to assist. 

I love all things travel related but in my spare time I do love SHOPPING, cinema, bingo, drinkies with the girls and spending time with my family."


Meet Vicky W - Franchisee and Explorer Travel Training Course Coordinator

My name is Vicky and I have been a Franchisee of Explorer Travel for 7 years. I specialise in the Maldives, having 4 specialist websites ‘live’ as of today. I feel very lucky to do a job that I love so much. I love being my own boss and being able to work around my 4 year old son's schedule. 

Two years ago I was asked to take over the running of the Explorer Travel Training Courses. I absolutely love this part of my job, being able to guide new recruits, pass on years of travel experience along with hints and tips to guide them. 

I attend the Discovery Days on a monthly basis so attendees have a franchisee on hand who runs their own successful travel business with Explorer Travel. 

In my personal life I absolutely love traveling, spending quality time with my son and walking my dog."


Explorer Travel is a travel agent specialising in Luxury high quality resorts around the world.

Our consultants are experts in the destinations that we sell and can give you first hand advice to help you choose your perfect holiday.

Our Information


Book with Confidence. We are a Member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. All the package and Flight-Plus holidays we sell are covered by a scheme protecting your money if the supplier fails. Other services such as hotels or flights on their own may not be protected and you should ask us what protection is available.


Explorer Travel, as registered with ABTA and the CAA, sells travel services on behalf of Hays Travel Limited and benefits from Hays Travel’s membership of ABTA with membership number L3832. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct.

For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or visit www.abta.com


Explorer Travel is an Accredited Body Member of Hays Travel Ltd, ATOL 5534

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website

Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected

Hays Travel Limited are registered in England and Wales with company number 1990682 and VAT number 193167195. Registered office: 25 Vine Place, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR1 3NA.

Explorer Travel as registered with ABTA and the CAA, of The Bold Business Centre, Bold Lane, Sutton, St.Helens. Merseyside. WA9 4TX

Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

Please use the Contact Form on this website for all holiday requests or enquiries


Our usual hours of Business are Monday - Friday 0900-1900 (excludes Public Holidays) and Saturday 0900-1300