Our Team

Kristy Royce, President and Founder

Kristy brings over 20 years of adventure travel experience to ExploringCircle, and with it a passion for environmentalism and social justice. Kristy began her career planning trips for the World Wildlife Fund and National Geographic with Zegrahm Expeditions. The primal beauty of the world's remote places sparked Kristy's lifelong passion and respect for the earth and its wonders. As former expedition staff, Kristy has been to Antarctica over 50 times, sailed the Amazon and its tributaries, worked on icebreakers in the Arctic, traveled throughout the Galapagos, Baja, South Pacific, and has lived and worked with the Machiguenga native community in the Peruvian Amazon. A mother of two Kristy also co-founded ExpeditionTrips, an award-winning travel company and she is the co-founder of the climate action organization CoolMom. For Kristy, ExploringCircle is a blend of her enduring interests:  travel, and social and environmental activism.

Lori Goodwin, Adventure Specialist

After graduating from Hampshire College and later as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Congo, Lori was first able to connect her love of travel with her commitment to global service. She then spent 2 more footloose years seeking adventure, work and opportunities for volunteerism in India, Southeast Asia and Europe.  After returning stateside, she trained and worked as an air, cruise and travel agent. For the past 13 years she has specialized in small ship expedition and adventure travel, crafting custom itineraries and helping travelers experience the world's most extraordinary destinations. She has been lucky enough to have traveled frequently and extensively in these destinations personally; from the Antarctic to the Arctic, Alaska, Baja, the South Pacific, East Africa and South America including Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. After working for many years with Kristy at Expedition Trips, Lori jumped at the chance to help found ExploringCircle, being thoroughly inspired by the vision to help others connect with the world while funding hope and being part of the solution.