I think that I’ve always been in travel in one way or another. I inherited wanderlust from my father – my earliest memories are taking road trips across the country, visiting all 48 states and nearly every Canadian province before I was out of grade school. I’ve now had the opportunity to set foot on every continent but Antarctica. My first job in the travel industry was working for a small agency in Walla Walla, Washington starting in 1978, then having the good fortune to be hired by Willamette International Travel when I moved to the Portland area in 1985 where I’ve been ever since.
When people ask me my favorite place, I generally say “the next one.” That’s pretty much true – I love researching and exploring new places. I have wonderful memories of just about every place I’ve been, but the standouts are East Africa and India. I still have lots on my bucket list – Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar are definitely places I’d like to visit, along with some of the Eastern European countries I haven’t yet seen.