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 thirteen 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 highlights include: hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration. At Global Basecamps, Lauren is responsible for creating customized travel experiences for clients traveling to Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and more.
Allison grew up in San Diego with travel-passionate parents who were determined to show her the world from day one! At 19, she set off on her first live-abroad experience with a summer backpacking and volunteering in Costa Rica, followed by a year in Paris studying at the Sorbonne. After returning home to complete her BA in Philosophy and Modern Language at the University of San Francisco, she started a job that required frequent trips to Asia and explored the region extensively. A remote position allowed her to continue her world travels through Latin America, and she realized she had to share her passion with others and join the travel industry. Allison is committed to providing unparalleled customized service - and she is ecstatic to be working with Global Basecamps to create the trip of your dreams!
Danielle's travels began at a young age going on family vacations to the white sand beaches of Cabo San Lucus, Puerto Villarta, and Cancun, Mexico. Due to the today's political climate, Danielle pursued a bachelor's degree in Political Science from CSU San Marcos, where she discovered her passion for international relations. As a reward for completing her undergraduate degree, she spent the summer in Italy before enrolling in a master's degree program at The Pennsylvania State University, School of International Affairs. Her concentration will be on the link between international security and humanitarianism. Globalbascamp's mission to work exclusively with like-minded partners who help ensure tourism does not have a negative impact on the environment, culture, and economy of the destination is what drew her to the company.
Alessandra is a multimedia geek with a love for animals and saving the environment. She is a transplant from Austin, Texas, and Italy! She grew up traveling and constantly traveled with her family to Mexico and Europe. Eventually, moving to Italy for 8 years to study fine arts and fell in love. Alessandra pursued her fine arts bachelors degree in Multimedia and Communications Technology from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She shares the love and environmental mission Global Basecamps has. Her goal is to save the environment by using multimedia to tell a story. As well as, being a member of Greenpeace, WWF, and Free Flight Exotic Parrot Rescue. Alessandra works in social media, itineraries, and marketing by day. While being a mom to a firecracker toddler, dog/parrot, and a wife to a crazy Sardinian Chef.
Elise has been feeding her wanderlust from a young age. While growing up in San Diego, her parents made a point to prioritize travel - whether it be a national park camping adventure or jungle tree-house stay - always ensuring there was an element of adventure and education on their family trips. She carried this passion for travel with her through life and continued to explore the world on her own. Studying abroad in the south of Spain, sparked a hunger to continue to see as many more corners of the globe as she could, even if it was just for weekend stays in-between classes. But, it was a trip down to Panama’s San Blas Islands with an environmental reporting class that instilled in her the importance of traveling with sustainability and social responsibility in mind. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and minors in Marketing and Sociology from Northwestern University, Elise decided to leave the Chicago and return back to her hometown city of San Diego. She is very excited to combine her passion for travel and background in marketing and content creation to help spread Global Basecamps mission to deliver authentic, sustainable and responsible travel experiences.
In 2005, Michael D’Amico and his wife Casey embarked on a year-long journey, across the globe. Taking a full year to completely emerge themselves into various cultures was a life changing experience The experience was the beginning of a passion project, which would enable those seeking an authentic, unparalleled, experience of a lifetime, to have the perfect trip. This was the beginning of Global Basecamps. Michael D’Amico, the Co-Founder of Global Basecamps, has over 20 years of experience leading the success of operations, in some of the most competitive ecosystems, domestically and abroad. Michael oversees Global Basecamps’ strategic planning and pilots its day-to-day operation. He has deep expertise in multi-channel sales, service operations, and strategic partnership and alliance development. When Mike is not working he enjoys traveling and spending quality time with his wife, daughter, Olivia, and son, Leo. And, he looks forward to showing Olivia, Leo, and you, just how beautiful the world is.