Meagan's love for travel began in college when she had the incredible opportunity to take a semester off from Santa Clara University to explore Bhutan. She then spent the next couple of years exploring the world; in search of enlightenment, adventure, and Irish pubs. In 2005, Meagan decided to go back to school for her Masters in International Development and Economics in order to combine her life's two passions - travel and sustainable development in growing economies. After graduating Meagan was drawn to Global Basecamps' passion for travel and vision of the role of tourism in sustainable development. She has spent the last ten years providing each and every one of her clients with unique and profound travel experiences.
Laura grew up in Missouri counting the days till she could set off and see the world. After jumping at the chance to study abroad in the UK and travel through Europe and Africa, she returned to Florida Atlantic University to complete her Sculpture degree. Following her interest in Asian Art and heeding her ever growing wanderlust, she moved to rural Japan to live and work for the next five years. A passion for road tripping and mountains led her to explore and hike her way through the hidden corners of Japan, obsessing over museums, temples, and dodging the occasional monkey. Living in Asia was a dream come true and allowed her to dive with sharks in Sipadan, taste the finest street food in Yangon, celebrate New Years on the banks of the Ganga, and trade recipes with the local grandmas in Japan's onsen. She loves to help her clients soak up the unique culture of the countries they visit. Talk to Laura about travel to Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania and more.
Laura's love of adventure began by climbing trees in New England and reading her grandmother's subscription to National Geographic magazine. She then lived in the melting pot of Montreal while pursuing a degree in Literature and Cultural Studies. Post college found her living abroad in Costa Rica for 6 months during a volunteer internship and language immersion program. Laura then embarked on a one-year backpacking trip that took her all over Nepal, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Upon her return, she settled down on the West Coast in the San Francisco Bay Area. After brief stints working in academia and Silicon Valley, Laura began her adventure travel career in 2002 and never looked back. She truly enjoys working with clients to develop their ideal trip and is passionate about tourism that gives back to local communities. Her specialty areas include Africa (9 times and counting!), Asia, and Latin America.
Growing up with a father who traveled internationally for work, it’s no surprise that Valentina’s wanderlust emerged at a young age. Following a college semester abroad in Scotland, Valentina decided to pursue a Master’s degree in International Tourism Administration from George Washington University, with an emphasis on Ecotourism & Sustainable Development in Latin America. Her thesis led Valentina to Belize, Venezuela and northern Guatemala, where she worked with ProPeten (in partnership with Conservation Int'l). Now with 20+ years of travel industry experience and having visited 22 countries, Valentina continues her work throughout Latin America and Africa with a focus on adventure, eco and philanthropic travel. Equally comfortable in the office, exploring the rainforest, or out on safari, Valentina is thrilled to be working with Global Basecamps and helping create highly customized, off the beaten path adventures for her clients.
After a summer study abroad program at Oxford University, and a few months exploring the European continent, Lauren returned to San Diego State University to complete her BA in International Security and Conflict Resolution. She focused the majority of her time studying the environmental and social impacts of an every growing global economy. After taking a course in sustainable tourism management, she realized how she could channel her passions into a career. Since joining Global Basecamps in 2010, she has expanded her travel portfolio, taking the opportunities to explore South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Her top 3 highlights include: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration while on safari in Tanzania, and riding an elephant bare back through the jungle of Chiang Mai, Thailand. At Global Basecamps, Lauren is responsible for creating customized travel experiences for clients traveling to Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and more.
To escape a blustering Minnesota winter, Natalie signed up for a study abroad program on a whim. The one semester in India quickly spiraled to to further semesters to Germany and China. After college she jumped right into a clear path for a career, however she was more enticed with traveling and discovering the world. Leaving everything behind, she embarked on a solo adventure through Asia and South American meeting unforgettable people, trying new experiences and collecting moments that shapes who she is. Natalie is lucky once again to find herself in the travel realm with Global Basecamps and helping people have adventures of a lifetime!
Richard has had a passion for traveling all his life. Born in Austria and extensively traveling through Europe as a child has helped establish a travel minded lifestyle. To pursue his passion to experience the world and its many cultures he studied international business with an emphasis in Latin America at San Diego State University. During his studies he had the opportunity to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina and work in sustainability in Cusco, Peru. Experiencing South America has influenced him to become more conscious of the importance of sustainability and responsible tourism around the world. Over the last year he has spent extensive time traveling to Southeast Asia, Oceania, Central Asia and Europe. At Global Basecamps he enjoys creative writing for the marketing department and assists the team in building customized itineraries allowing others to experience the world as well.
Steve has been called a “swiss army knife” of marketing, while he’s not from Switzerland, he does sometimes carry a pocket knife to feel cool. Steves 20 years of marketing experience includes all facets of the marketing spectrum, from graphic design and web development, to brand strategy and marketing analytics. A descendant of explorers and artists, Steve learned from a young age to respect and admire the outdoors. From spending his first birthday in the Anza-Borrego Desert to backpacking the Sierra Nevadas at six, nature has always been a major influence. When not creating marketing synergy, Steve enjoys splashing in the ocean, plucking low-hanging fruit and spending time with wife Becky and sons Dorian and Spencer.
Michael D’Amico has held sales, operations and management positions in the Hospitality and Retail Sales Industries for almost two decades. He is responsible for creating the Global Basecamps operating systems, drawing budgets, managing staff and resolving issues. Mike has traveled around the world with his wife, Casey, and looks forward to showing his daughter, Olivia, and son, Leo, how beautiful the world is. Michael also demonstrates his passion for international community outreach by sitting on the board of Kids for Peace.
Sebastian Riedel has twenty years of experience in software development, database management and travel information systems. Prior to working in the software and travel industries, Sebastian developed his passion for the environment and sustainability while studying Environmental Science and Ecology during undergrad and graduate school. At Global Basecamps, Sebastian wears many hats and has his hands in everything from technology to marketing. Sebastian also participates in a guest lecture for San Diego State University's course in Global Sustainable Tourism Management.