Our Story

The AdAstra story began when founder, Katriona Shrives realized that life should be filled with adventure. She quit her job in Mobile Tech, and jumped on the next flight to Colombia where she spent nine months discovering hidden gems and meeting the incredible locals. While there, she started to wonder how she could keep on adventuring.

 

One of Kat's greatest passions is to bring people together and share experiences and adventures with them. As she started to do this more and more in the incredible places she had found in Colombia, she wondered if it could be done on a larger scale.

Drawing on more than a decade of traveling experience and knowledge, Kat creates adventures to far flung locations, and takes you to places that are truly unique, and off-the-beaten-track. She always aims to work with local families and businesses who really understand the country, and to create memorable adventures that push you to the limit and challenge your comfort zone in all the best ways.

 

Although she loves an adventure, she also appreciates a little luxury in life. On many of the trips you’ll get special touches, like a private chef, or a masseuse to rub those muscles at the end of a long day, so that you can fully enjoy the adventure!

The AdAstra team are passionate about getting more people adventuring. We are building the AdAstra Community so that we can share traveling tips and tricks, and create a network of incredible adventurers. All so that we can bring a little more adventure into our lives. 

Meet the Team

Katriona Shrives

Adventurer, Polo Player & entrepreneur   

Katriona was riding before she could walk and found her passion for polo when she was 17. Since then she has been around the world in search of incredible places to ride and play polo.  These adventures have taken her to India, Outer Mongolia, New Zealand, Colombia, and across Europe and Nepal, to name a few. Her passion for riding, adventure and travel has led her to discover some of the most incredible places across the globe. In 2012 she began to take groups to experience these adventures with her. This was the start of AdAstra.

 

The relationships she has built with local families have given her the ability to take groups to destinations off the tourist trail and immerse them into the culture of the country. You’ll be sure to get the 5* treatment with local hospitality. 

 

She loves getting to know everyone in the group, what makes them tick, and ensuring that they have the holiday they’ve been dreaming of. 

Lizzie Odegaard

Yogi, horsewoman, Adventurer & writer

Lizzie met Kat on the Mongolian Steppes and they became fast friends, immediately brought together by a mutual love of adventure and a passion to share that love with others. Lizzie brings a wealth of experience in adventure travel all over the globe, working and traveling in far-flung places like Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, the list goes on.

 

Lizzie helps run and manage groups for AdAstra. She grew up with horses - riding, training, and teaching riding lessons (we think she’s a bit of a horse whisperer), and she loves sharing the joy of horses with guests in AdAstra’s unique destinations. With a decade of yoga experience, and her yoga teacher certification, there is always the option to join her for a morning yoga session. Lizzie also loves to write, and authors many of the AdAstra Blog posts.

Jordan Barnes 

Adventurer, Videographer, & photographer 

Jordan has an eye that captures the beautiful, and often overlooked, wonders of the world. He started working with AdAstra two years ago when he captured the Snow Polo Tournament footage. Since then, he has worked and adventured around the world. 

He is not only useful to have around for photo opportunities, but is often the one giving you words of encouragement when the oxygen is getting thin and  the mountain trail feels steep!