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.
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.