I was fortunate enough to have travelled with Kristen on a trip to Peru in 2015 to take on the Inca Trail. She was highly professional, ensuring that everyone was fully equipped with the local knowledge needed to get around and looking out for our safety. The trip was very well organised and most of all, Kristen was personable and always happy to answer any questions we had about our new surroundings. She made health and safety a priority and when I fell sick, she didn’t leave my side. I’d highly recommend her services!
I have been fortunate enough to work with Kristen across a number of adventure fundraising campaigns. For my Great Wall of China Challenge, she spearheaded the fundraising campaign, coming up with the idea of a cocktail party which raised a total of $60,000 for Interplast. She also managed to galvanise the group’s fundraising, and together, we raised in excess of $180,000. As our team leader, she was a mentor for all of us, offering guidance and support to ensure that everyone surpassed their fundraising targets. While on tour in China, her leadership skills were again highlighted. She prioritised the group’s safety and ensured that everyone in the group was satisfied immensely. It’s because of her personality traits of patience, calmness and professionalism that I hold Kristen in such high esteem. I’m so excited about the prospect of travelling with her again!Without Kristen, my Great Wall of China Challenge would not be the success that it was. I cannot recommend her services enough.
Turia Pitt, Humanitarian, Athlete, Public Figure
Belinda took us on the most amazing experience through Asia, ensuring all our needs were meet along the way. We had so many unique and engaging experiences with the locals and their way of life. We ate local cuisine in haunts I would not have ventured on my own, but so happy tried and tasted all the regional delicacies. We got a real sense of the culture due to the rapport she had with the locals, making it feel we were part of the family being shown the country she is so passionate and proud to show off. I have no hesitations in booking a holiday through her again.
Program Development Coordinator
Kristen is a passionate world traveller and highly skilled travel planner and guide. Our first charity trip with 12 donors to the Philippines would not have been such a success without her. We were in very good hands and I would happily travel with her again.
I have nothing but positive things to say about Belinda. Her caring and relaxed nature put us all at ease right from the beginning. On reflection, this helped us form a team – one in which we all felt comfortable around each other, respected and where we could be ourselves – consequently there were plenty of great moments along the way! Climbing Kilimanjaro is no easy feat and comes with personal risk, Belinda ensured the safety of all team members was a priority at all times. Belinda is organised and dealt with the group’s travel issues with ease, which saved us the headaches and enabled us to really focus on enjoying our trip.
Hats off, one of the most out of my comfort zones holidays ever experienced. Belinda organised and led a tour through Vietnam and Cambodia that was an experience reflective of how the locals live. We had all the luxuries of great hotels and restaurants whilst immersing ourselves in the spirit and culture of the destinations we visited. Not in a million years could I have achieved the experience I did without Belinda’s amazing organisation of our trip and upbeat, can do approach to our day-to-day travels. Thank you Belinda, you have a return traveller, I look forward to our next adventure.
Kristen was a tremendous fundraising coach and tour leader and a huge support during our bike ride trip around Cambodia. We had this crazy idea to do our trip dressed as Vikings and call it ‘Viking Biking’ and Kristen was behind us from day one. Not only was she incredibly motivating when it came to creative ways to fundraise but during the trip she was heaps of fun and went above and beyond to give us a trip of a lifetime. Can’t imagine having done the bike ride without her! We consider her an honorary Viking for life now.
Belinda from Soulful Concepts ensured I had a lasting impression of Laos, having lived their she knew we needed to be amongst the people to get a better understanding of their culture and land. Being up at dawn to see the Monks brighten the streets of Luang Prabang with their magnificent orange robes, watching farmers with their water buffalo through the rice paddies, visiting ornate temples, staying at remote villages along the Mekong River and mixing with the village people along the way to see the children who loved our presence and interaction, viewing the spectacular waterfalls, the majestic elephants, attending cooking classes to get a better understanding of the cuisine opened our minds and hearts to an amazing country. Thank you Belinda.
Belinda and Soulful Concepts arranged travel to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam that exactly met our needs. Logistics, including entry procedures, were meticulously arranged and executed, so that we were free to enjoy our time together and learn as much as possible about the countries and locales we visited. Friendly, knowledgeable local guides provided insights and opportunities for interaction that we couldn’t have managed ourselves. A particularly nice touch was that the accommodations along the way were varied and anticipated what we would need and enjoy at each point in the journey even though we didn’t know it ourselves until we arrived. For three family members getting together for the first time in years, it was the perfect travel experience.
Belinda helped me on my first ever trekking experience and on a number of my subsequent adventures. I couldn't have asked for a more compassionate, patient and helpful fundraising support. Belinda's knowledge in the charity space meant she could tailor my fundraising plan to suit my lifestyle and network. She always made time for my enquiries and went over and above to ensure I had an amazing experience before, during and after my treks. I would happily engage with Belinda for any of my future fundraising activities and overseas experiences.