Many (many) years ago, I graduated with a communications degree from the University of Washington. I thought I might go into marketing…or advertising…or PR…I wasn’t really sure. Eventually, I realized that in every job I held, I found myself daydreaming about traveling, so I figured I might as well work in the travel industry.
Turns out this was a very good idea. I had found my people. There is nothing like working in an industry you’re passionate about, with people who share similar dreams and goals. I took a long sabbatical from any kind of desk job while our girls were young. When we moved to Copenhagen, I jumped back in by pursuing a masters degree in tourism. Focused on sustainable travel, I wrote my thesis on social enterprise within the tourism industry and graduated in 2014.
I currently work for GreenSpot Travel, with fun people who I admire and share over a decade of friendship with. GreenSpot is a social enterprise tour operator, which means we are a for-profit business with a social and environmental focus. We work hard to develop trips that leave a minimal footprint, give back to local communities and inspire meaningful exchange between people and places.
And yes, I get to travel sometimes. Although my husband and kids are my favorite travel companions, a bit of solo travel has been good for me (although I’m usually with a small group). I wear a lot of hats at GreenSpot. I work on marketing (which these days, means mostly social media), product development (which means I get to try out new destinations and create exciting eco-adventure itineraries), and sales (I talk to clients about the trips I create). I also write on Greenspot’s blog and provide travel photography from my trips.
I love my job, and not just because I get to work with great people and get to go to cool places, but I get to play a part in helping people fulfill their travel dreams. And I truly believe that cultural, responsible travel is a little bit like spreading world peace. Maybe that’s a bit sensational, but how else do we all get to know each other in this big, wide world?