ABOUT US


OUR STORRY

 "I founded "i-Dā" with a vision of new revolutionary type of travel company. "i-Dā" comes from Latvian "aidā", which means enthusiastic "let's go". English "i" emphasizes individual approach and at the same time far reaching global goals of the company by using the benefits of the modern digital technologies. Being travel enthusiast, adventurer, nature conservation professional and passionate theater actor I came to the idea of combining all these seemingly different elements into one well functioning and amazing mechanism. After doing many off-the-beaten and also beaten path trips during many years, I have personally come from overall known conceptual fact to personal realization that nowadays people are more and more often looking for original and most importantly authentic experiences. I am convinced that this closely relates to the overall evolution of humanity and continuous search for our individuality and authenticity in everything around us and in everything we do. People not only want to "go places, do things and meet people". In our globalized world people want to go to authentic places, do eye opening things and meet like-minded people. But you know what - I am also fully convinced that all the people that meet each other on this fascinating planet somehow are always like-minded. There are tools that clearly prove this. Such tools are well known. While travelling in small groups, seemingly total strangers often become best friends breaking the ethnical, cultural, language and all other imaginable and non-imaginable artificial barriers built by society. I highly value individual travel experiences. However, there is also something more about small group travels that people are discovering more and more. Besides travel I also have found in my life another tool that almost literary do magic - and this is improvisation theater. Travel and improvisation has very much in common. Both of them crashes barriers among people letting us to enjoy the experience, being truly here and now, to be totally free. I deeply believe that all kinds of travel must contribute to our natural temptation for freedom on individual and also on wider society level.

 

Along with all the above mentioned as a biologist, convinced conservationist I strongly share the vision of sustainable tourism and responsible, nature friendly travelling. This is the principle we follow in all our services."

 

Rolands Ratfelders

"i-Dā" founder 

 


WHO WE ARE?

We are off-the-beaten path travel consultancy and management company based in Latvia. We truly believe that individual and small like-minded group adventure is the best travel experience what everyone can have. We believe that every travel experience should be authentic and should reveal the best of the local nature and culture. We are not typical travel operator or travel agency, because we believe that as an open minded travelers we can help other travelers simply by suggesting you where to go, what to do and what to see. We want to suggest you the most authentic places and we will be glad to accompany you in your trip. We believe that travel will become less and less about tourism and more and more about real individual experience. We follow the same principles while consulting both - travelers and eco-tourism developers. We are travel company that helps you to write your own story.


OUR MISSION - WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

We all know that traveling and tourism is not actually the same. "i-Dā" is convinced that travel is not only escaping from civilization and/or everyday's routine. We deeply believe that any travel should contribute to better understanding between people, who come from different cultural backgrounds, as well as to breaking prejudices and barriers of communication. To make it simple traveling is also a way of finding new friends. Therefore we invite YOU to go to authentic places, do eye opening things and meet like-minded people.

 

Many foreign friends often complements us on how good we can advertise our country. For us it has always felt naturally. We are just telling about Latvia - the place where we have born, where we live, the place that we love and admire, and the place that is friendly and welcoming and totally unique in its nature, history and culture. Latvia is truly a magical place. Our country is unique combination of unspoiled nature, unique culture and deeply rooted Baltic traditions, taking part in which will make your journey into "once in a lifetime" experience. We also believe that you can tell your own story with the same passion about any place on the Earth, wherever you are coming from.

 

As with our original improvisation approach during your adventure we are able to help you to recharge both mentally and physically. If traveling in a group, this approach will help you to get in contact with your group mates much faster and you might get new like minded friends for a lifetime.  With our help you will gain deep insight in the Baltic nature and ancient culture that is closely related to living in accordance to nature.

 

We are all about authentic experiences and quality time spent in nature. We love hiking, boating, biking, nature photography, and we are proud of our cultural heritage. We like what we do. We like to share our experiences with other travelers and  eco-tourism developers. We also like to take our guests to our endless adventures.

 

Find your own off-the-beaten path with us!