Born in Berlin, Germany in 1969, I started my international travel during childhood going on extended tours with my family to Scandinavia and the British Isles. At the age of 12, I started traveling alone internationally by train – and at 15, I spent 6 weeks touring Southern & Eastern Europe by Interrail. Following my months at a U.S. High School in Michigan in 1985, I knew my destiny was to travel and engage with the cultural “Other”.
My tour management career started 30 years ago during my student days at Heidelberg University (Translation & Interpreting English/German/Spanish) when I started as a tour guide for student tours (EF Cultural Tours). I then completed my M.A. in German translation (Kent State University, Ohio) and taught German, Spanish & French at a private High School in Las Vegas in the 1990s before finishing my Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics (University of Surrey, 2001) and dedicating myself full-time to tour management & operations thereafter.
Since then, working exclusively for Tauck Tours (tauck.com), my travel has taken me all across Europe, the Americas & Asia with a focus on individually curated, culturally enriching travel experiences. On every tour I lead, the focus is on encounter, engagement & exchange – providing authentic experiences, dismantling stereotypes and sharing my enthusiasm for learning about the cultural “Other” with my guests.
With my German/American background and my bases in Budapest, Hungary and Lisbon, Portugal, my personal area of expertise have been in-depth travel & cultural exploration in Central Europe & the Iberian Peninsula.
Please contact me for further information on customized, personally curated travel options for your best possible tour experience.
An experienced travel professional with comprehensive cultural knowledge of most major European and selected international destinations.
In-depth knowledge of operations and management for educational and performing arts tours, including client-supplier mediation, socio-cultural differences, local history and culture
Author of several publications including journal & blog articles, book reviews, and conference papers.
Specialties: Tour Management & Operations
Languages & Intercultural Communication