What is XplorMor?
XplorMor is an intention to get out there, to travel and to explore to discover and uncover the Peoples and places of this dynamic planet. XplorMor Team aims to inspire others by following and promoting this adventurous philosophy through coördinated expeditions, engaging photography, news-worthy and informative publications and journal articles that share insight gained on these extraordinary once in a life time journeys.
How did XplorMor begin?
Every intention has a starting point… XplorMor began with a definition…
ex•plore (v.) spelled [ ik-spláwr or ik-splohr ].
1. to explore, travel or traverse for the purpose of discovery: to explore in or to journey through a place to discover what it is like or what is there
2. to investigate or study something closely: to make a careful investigation or expedition or study of something through close examination, documentation and photography
3. to search a place, region, area, idea or topic for the first time in hopes of finding something unexpected: to make a search of an unknown range for purpose of getting out there, garnering knowledge and photos, and to be surprised
more (adj.) spelled [mawr or mohr].
1. in a greater extent or expansion or increase: becoming a greater quantity, amount, measure, degree, scope or number
2. for longer time: for a longer period or duration
3. growth by acquisition or by getting out there: becoming your intention
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When and Where did XplorMor Begin?
September 2, 2012: XplorMor launched from a rustic wood desk perched at a window in a shanty cabin overlooking a beautiful bay outside Juneau, Alaska. The concept began with these first thoughts…
The idea of exploring more is not a new concept. Humankind has had the urge to travel, discover, transform and create for millennia. An innate drive carried us from caves to castles, from the African plain to the Moon, from painted caves and rock carvings to computers and social media. The limit of our exploration, our ability, is as of yet undiscovered. I was born with a heavy dose of this drive. Ready to get out there, to try all things, to be open and present in living life; understanding that it’s the journey, not the destination which garners greatness for the soul.
Some would call what I have a zest for life or an inquisitive spirit, others might say a childish naiveté. It’s of no concern either way as this is my life, mine to mold as I wish. And, it wishes to thrive on new adventures in destinations unknown; to share the journey, the lessons learned, and understandings gained. To promote the sensory overload from places explored, plates tasted, monuments seen and mountains scaled, music heard and aromas smelled from the salty air to an English rose.
Get Out There
XplorMor is an intention to get out there, to travel, to explore and to photograph to find enrichment, and to share this richness with others. It’s about the door of opportunity opening, and not just walking through, but helping others to join in the experience. Over time XplorMor will transform and evolve; the beginning is one woman’s explorer journal, ideas and photo gallery, but the limit or end game, just as with humankind’s ability to progress, remains excitedly unknown.
I appreciate all who decide to venture on this journey of XplorMor, all who choose to go with or to trail behind, all who offer guidance, wisdom, knowledge or a helping hand. I will do my best to plow a clear, easy path to follow, and with a little luck and some determination, we may actually find ourselves someplace wonderful, sipping on a lovely beverage gazing at the sea, sharing stories of all our explorations.
Mahalo and much Aloha. Get Out There and Xplor Mor! – Julia, Founder (written September 2, 2012)
Expeditions & Other Non-Profit Projects
Organizations: XplorMor International will organize and support your scientific, archaeological or cultural fieldwork expeditions world wide. Our Team will provide complete logistical support. This includes expedition itineraries, travel plans, targeting goals, contact with U.S. and foreign government officials, and initiating discussion with institutions of higher learning and research (i.e. universities and academies of science, research institutes). Fundraising, language services, transportation and guides will also be provided as requested.
Fundraising projects: XplorMor International Inc is a United States 501(c)3 non-profit focused on projects with a societal benefit and outstanding universal value.
Individuals and Groups: XplorMor Team is ready to organize your once in a life time bespoke expedition, including coordinating all logistics before and during the adventure.
We are also avid photojournalists, producing assignments such as scientific, cultural, archaeological and exploration articles, travel itineraries, international maps and other publications. Please use the contact form to submit your proposal.
Photographic Prints, Digital Reproductions & Editorial Copy
XplorMor photography covers landscapes, wildlife, Peoples, monuments, and sites across the globe. Our aim is to promote the preservation of our planet, human cultures, and scientific and natural heritage through photography and written documentation. To date, our photographs and collected data have been used for non-profit fundraisers and projects, along with international map publications, journal articles, travel guides, ebooks, calendars and photographic archives including several supporting UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Last year XplorMor traversed the Republic of Cuba to aid Biologists from the University of Georgia and Professors from the University of Havana with documenting Cuban insects. Currently our team is exploring and photographing World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia. We wish to inspire others from around the globe to get out there, photograph, explore more and share!
Photographs may be ordered web ready, print ready and in fine print format with or without mats and frames, and as canvas or metal wall art.* Create a unique art piece to fill your world. Additionally, we are happy to discuss purchase or donation of XplorMor photographs, fieldwork research and articles for your projects and publications. Please use the contact form to submit your inquiry, include the title or description if applicable.
*Please note the online Gallery Store is under renovation. Apologies for any inconvenience.
XplorMor Calendar & Other Offerings
XplorMor Calendar is typically available for purchase from September of each year; however, as some years we are abroad, calendars may not be issued. The calendar is 12-month (beginning with January), spiral bound and includes photography captured on XplorMor Expeditions. Inquiries for custom calendars and donations are welcome. Please contact us to submit your inquiry.
XplorMor International is also excited to brainstorm and provide other requested products and services for your projects. Previously, for example, XplorMor produced postcards for a correspondence project with young adults, and framed canvas artwork to donate for raising funds to benefit cancer research.
Worldwide XplorMor Community Photography Projects
XplorMor Worldwide Group Photography Projects are focused to promote participants to get out there and to share a global experience through photography. These are a labor of love, and volunteers are welcome to help us organize and promote the projects. Any participant who has a Facebook account is welcome to join. To date there are 90+ countries represented. Please use the contact form below for questions or to submit your photo, include title, location, description and your name as you would like it displayed, and for which project you are submitting. Project Foto Share remains open for posting along with the XplorMor Community page on Facebook. Look for the next photo project in late 2016. (Your theme ideas are always welcome! Contact us)