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Monika Sundem CEO

Monika Sundem
CEO

As a Pacific Northwest native I grew up playing in the mountains and lakes of the Cascades. I now enjoy living near Glacier National Park and am learning how to master the adventure called "motherhood." I have been an Adventure Lifer for over 18 years during which time I've worn many hats from operations to trip planning to marketing. I have traveled the world, but hold a special place in my heart for Latin America in particular. I love opportunities to interact with indigenous and local cultures and always glean valuable lessons as a result of off-the-beaten travel. I feel honored to be a part of creating similar life-changing moments for our travelers and grateful to work with the dedicated and amazing team at Adventure Life.

Mary Curry Voyage Product Director/Trip Planner

Mary Curry
Voyage Product Director/Trip Planner

I'm a Missoula native who has been with Adventure Life almost from the beginning. With its family friendly policies and adventure- minded staff, Adventure Life is the perfect fit for me. I love to travel, especially on multisport trips such as the breathtaking Class V Futaleufu whitewater adventure. I also enjoy spending time with my fantastic family on outdoor adventures around Montana. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. As a Watson Fellow, Presidential Scholar and mom, I hope to instill a passion for international travel and global consciousness in my four kids. They've started their travels early with special trips one on one with mom, accompanying me to the Galapagos, Ecuador, Belize, Panama, Germany, the UK, Costa Rica, Baja, Guatemala, Argentina, the Arctic and the Antarctic. I hope that is only the beginning!

I am a Travel+Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor for Small Ship Cruises, and Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist. I would be honored to help plan your trip!

Kassandra Magruder Trip Planner

Kassandra Magruder
Trip Planner

Growing up in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and the waters of Puget Sound, I developed a passion for exploring wild places. This ultimately led me to the University of Montana in Missoula, where I studied forestry and recreation as an undergrad. Most of my free time is spent skiing, rafting, hiking, and fly-fishing - always in pursuit of a new trail or unexplored section of river. I spent two years developing tourism programs as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and later earned a graduate degree in Ecotourism. My extensive travels throughout Latin America have ignited a strong passion for indigenous cultures and adventure travel. My travels with Adventure Life have taken me to so many places, it's hard to keep track.

I was named a Travel+Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor for Adventure Travel in 2022, 2021, and 2019 specializing in Africa, Latin America and the Polar Regions, and a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist. I would be honored to help plan your trip!

Erin Correia Trip Planner

Erin Correia
Trip Planner

Growing up in the Midwest, my parents were great at making sure life was full of adventure. Whether it was a hike through the dunes or a road trip to the National Asparagus Festival, they instilled a sense of curiosity and need for exploration in me at an early age. My first big journey into the “unknown” was heading to Orlando to work as a Disney princess in college, which was quickly followed by semesters abroad in Australia and then Ireland with weekends country-hopping throughout Europe. After college, I worked for the Missoula Children’s Theatre. I married my tour partner and we spent 6 years traveling the world bringing theater to children in areas such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Anjung-Ri, South Korea. In 2011, I left my nomadic days behind me and joined Adventure Life. When not planning trips, I love to pass along the love of adventure to my children as we explore the great Montana wilderness with our giant dog!

I am the Travel+Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor for the Galapagos, and I would love to help you plan a trip today!

Jessica Roberts Trip Planner

Jessica Roberts
Trip Planner

My passion for travel emerged during a high school trip to France, where I learned the thrill of encountering new places and connecting with people from different backgrounds. Since then, I’ve explored various corners of the globe and deepened my appreciation for cultural diversity. Over the past decade, I've dedicated myself to crafting unforgettable journeys. It all started here at Adventure Life, where I coordinated logistics to ensure that our trips delivered life-changing experiences for travelers. After relocating to Seattle, I managed land and small ship tours at Zegrahm Expeditions. Now–back in Montana!–I’m delighted to return to Adventure Life and continue connecting travelers with destinations worldwide.

Kevin Moore Trip Planner

Kevin Moore
Trip Planner

I remember that moment of hesitation during the summer after sophomore year in college. I was at a non-descript campsite in the middle of the Plains states, on my way for a summer job in the Rockies. I was momentarily unsure about leaving the comforts of home and friends in Ohio, and considered turning around during that lonely night on the Plains. I did make it to the Rockies, fell in love with the mountains and quickly gained an itch for further travel. I have been lucky enough to find a partner and best friend who has that same itch for travel and love for the mountains. Together we’ve lived in and traveled to some pretty amazing places – Iceland, Antarctica, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Nepal… I like putting my own travel experiences to work in connecting other travelers with the next great place on their ever-growing list of destinations.

Franny Friesz Trip Planner

Franny Friesz
Trip Planner

Raised in the foothills of the Mission Mountains, I have always been addicted to the outdoors. My first international adventure was to Brazil when I was 10 years old and I've been hooked on travel ever since. My love of travel attracted me to an open position at Adventure Life in 2015 and I haven't looked back! My travels with Adventure Life have taken me to Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, Peru, Croatia and Iceland. I am always eager for future adventures and to continue to explore the world. In the meantime, I love everything I get to experience in and around Missoula; camping or backpacking with my husband and dogs, floating the river, hiking trails, and photographing everything along the way. I absolutely love what I do and look forward to helping you plan your next trip of a lifetime!

Jess Heuermann Trip Planner

Jess Heuermann
Trip Planner

There is no shortage of adventure when you grow up in the heart of the Cascades; a mountain to climb, a river to float, a forest to wander. As for the rest of the world, I didn't give it much thought. That is until I did a study abroad in England my sophomore year in college. Suddenly I realized I had some serious ground to cover! From there I traveled to Peru, Japan, Singapore, Guam and over 30 US states while on tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre. There is nothing more satisfying than finding that super secret spot while traveling; that tucked away waterfall in Tokyo or that Thai place with the magic soup in London. I can't wait to find the next one. Where ever I go next I'll remain an avid backpacker, theatre enthusiast and dark roast coffee drinker.

I am a Travel+Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor for Panama, and I would love to help you plan a trip!

Jenna Fedyschyn Sales Manager

Jenna Fedyschyn
Sales Manager

My home base was the same street in rural Pennsylvania until I was 18, but escaping to different corners of the world was always encouraged in my family. As a college student, I jumped at the opportunities to study abroad in Chile, Argentina, and Peru, staying with host families and soaking up as much of my surroundings as possible. I remained on the East Coast after college to work with a medical non-profit organization, coordinating pediatric surgery trips to many countries in Central America and the Caribbean. My love for travel continued to grow as I experienced these new cultures and introduced them to others! Now I find myself in beautiful Missoula, Montana, and when I'm not camping, skiing, or fly fishing a pristine river, you'll find me brushing up on my Spanish and plotting my next adventure! So far I've managed to cross off the Galapagos, Thailand, Laos, Chilean Patagonia, and the South Pacific through my Adventure Life travels. Recommendations welcomed for my next destination!

Rachel Brouwer Trip Planner | Product Development

Rachel Brouwer
Trip Planner | Product Development

I never feel more alive than when I wake in the morning to find my world completely unfamiliar. When I step outside and immediately my senses are overstimulated by curiosity and wonder. The sounds of temple bells singing in the distance. Busy shopkeepers sweeping alleyways while waiting patiently for their neighborhood monks to collect daily offerings. I can still smell the curries, meats, and sweets steaming in the air on those mornings. I can still feel the warm embrace of another culture. These extraordinary moments have nurtured the person I am today. I have felt nothing else like it and travel, it seems, truly feeds the soul. It brings us together as beings, communities, friends, and as adventurers. Everything I’ve done since the day I could leave the country on my own has been inspired by the incredible people I have met, the cultures that have me in awe, and the landscapes that rival my own home in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. As a nomad, I will continue to explore this planet until the world stops me and as a professional, I strive to ensure your own international travel feeds your soul and brings you a life of curiosity and wonder.

Kelly Carlin Trip Planner | Product Development

Kelly Carlin
Trip Planner | Product Development

While I will forever be a Mainer at heart with a fondness for flannel and a brisk salty breeze, I have been fortunate enough to live a life on the go. Now based out of Missoula, Montana, I have studied and lived in New Zealand, worked in the wilds of Alaska, experienced 24-hour daylight while trekking in the Norwegian Arctic, and spent time rock climbing in Thailand. I took six months to live and backpack around Chilean and Argentine Patagonia and recently crossed the famed Drake Passage on an unforgettable voyage to the Antarctic Circle. Life has brought me to countless incredible places in 6 of the 7 continents and I am forever grateful for these opportunities. I continue to enjoy planning travel for myself, my family, and anyone who has the desire to experience the wonders of the world around us.

Jeff Rottschafer Trip Planner

Jeff Rottschafer
Trip Planner

What started out as a whim to study languages soon became a year abroad in France, which then turned into a lifetime love of traveling. From trying to make it as a musician in Berlin, to teaching English in China for four years, I kept finding myself drawn to different corners of the Earth. I am completely fascinated by the diversity of languages, food, and culture that the world has to offer, and look forward to sharing this excitement with other travelers. When not traveling I love hiking, cooking, playing music, and trying to stay on top of all the languages that I have half-learned.

I am a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist and would be honored to help plan your trip!

Jane  Packer Trip Planner

Jane Packer
Trip Planner

As a child, I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel with my family around the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. I have always had a desire to roam-- I can still remember staring out the window from the backseat of the family minivan, imagining what it would be like to solo hike in the Colorado mountains. In my teenage years, I traveled with rural service trips to Panama and Nicaragua, and later spent a semester abroad in Ecuador and the Galapagos. My wanderlust was further indulged as I solo journeyed throughout South America for two years. Since then, I have traveled to Spain and Morocco, returned to the Galapagos and journeyed on small ships in Alaska, Antarctica, and New Zealand. I am so excited to use my knowledge and passion for travel to help you plan your next adventure!

I am a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist and would be honored to help plan your trip!

Shannon Fischer-Kendro Trip Planner

Shannon Fischer-Kendro
Trip Planner

Growing up on the Pacific Ocean shaped me into an adventurous outdoors woman who rarely says no to a new experience, from salmon fishing in Alaska to studying the Renaissance in Italy. At a young age I was able to explore Chinese palaces and fjords in New Zealand. My desire to learn from others and gain new experiences continued in the El Salvadorian jungle and German farmland. The list of places I have yet to explore grows by the day as I share my love for travel with an incredible team and wonderful travelers. When I’m not working to create profound trips that my travelers never forget, you can find me mountain biking, backpacking or skiing around Western Montana.

Tilly Pearson Trip Planner

Tilly Pearson
Trip Planner

Growing up in the great white north of Alaska, my adventures began before I could even walk. My parents love to tell the story of the time they took their brand new baby (me) on a “vacation” to the tiny town of Trappers Creek, AK. They had rented a cabin for 6 weeks, which at the time, was only accessible by dog team. So, my parents packed up their 6-month-old and their 23 sled dogs and made the trek to this backcountry cabin. Fast forward 4 years and my parents were once again taking me and my newborn brother on a trip of a lifetime to Australia. Here we spent a month living in a motorhome driving around the country experiencing the culture and making friends with the locals. My love of travel from there grew and grew. Since then I have spent time in Africa building homes for families in need, working on an elephant conservation farm in Indonesia, participating in an exchange program in Germany, and trekking through South America. I have a deep passion for world exploration and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with like-minded adventure seekers!

Clara Tort Trip Planner

Clara Tort
Trip Planner

Born and raised in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, I was brought up to love traveling with weeks-long family road trips across never-ending Argentine roads. After finishing a Tourism Management degree in college, I took three years to continue my education in the UK, where I also got to work in the hospitality industry and travel around England, Ireland and the rest of Europe. I returned to Argentina in 2008, and have been working in South America-based tourism ever since. I have been lucky to have visited the majority of South America and I particularly love Patagonia, a wild and vast region shared by Chile and Argentina, and home to some of the world’s most amazing landscapes. I am a proud South American and look forward to sharing my home continent’s wonders with the rest of the world through Adventure Life.

Christina Mayo Trip Planner

Christina Mayo
Trip Planner

Raised in Vienna, Austria, I traveled often as a child and my family frequently took short trips to Italy, Corsica, Germany, and more. At the age of 18, I made my first big move when I decided to travel to San Diego, CA and pursue a degree in International Business and subsequently a Masters in Marketing. Since then, I have developed a deeper passion for traveling, discovering new places and connecting with the locals. In 2010 I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina and started working in tourism, helping other like-minded travelers plan amazing trips. Over the last 10 years I've traveled to 5 continents and my highlights include Antarctica, the Amazon, an Alaska cruise, riding an elephant in Thailand and swimming with the seals and turtles in the Galapagos Islands! I now live in Miami with my husband, where we enjoy the beach, coffee shops and excellent flight connections to anywhere in the world.

Claudia Corona Trip Planner

Claudia Corona
Trip Planner

Born on the beautiful island of Sardinia, Italy, I was lucky enough to grow up amongst green hills, wild beaches with crystal clear water, and fascinating local traditions. From an early age, I developed a passion for wild and authentic places, which soon led me to step outside the comfort zone of the warm Mediterranean Sea and explore the world. Meanwhile, I earned a degree in foreign languages and communication, which complements my love for travel and allows me to immerse myself deeply into the cultures I meet. I traveled extensively around Europe first, until I reached Asia and South America. Buenos Aires, Argentina, is now my new home, and I cannot wait to see where life will bring me next! My top destinations so far have been Antarctica, the Galápagos Islands, and Patagonia. Being passionate for travel, it has been very easy to make it also my profession. For the past 10 years, I have been committed to assisting clients to see the world through enthusiastic eyes and collect amazing lifelong memories. I strongly believe that travel is the best life investment you can make!

Jason Maynard Trip Planner

Jason Maynard
Trip Planner

Because of the lack of travel opportunities growing up on the Grand Prairie of Arkansas, my wanderlust developed at an early age. My parents let me join a student tour to Europe when I was sixteen, and I’ve been hooked on travel ever since! Before I graduated college, I had made it to Hong Kong, Thailand, and Bangladesh. I’ve backpacked across New Zealand and Australia and sat on the beaches of Fiji, the D.R., and Brazil, but I didn’t truly appreciate travel until I started taking my children along to explore the world. A safari in Tanzania? Check. Partaking in an onsen with views of Mount Fuji? Check. Exploring history through the sites of the Low Countries? Check. I’ve always loved digging into the details and planning our excursions, and I’m thrilled to bring that passion to Adventure Life and help you explore our fascinating and wonderful world. Next up for the Maynard family: Antarctica!

Sandra Fernandez Trip Planner

Sandra Fernandez
Trip Planner

I was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. With a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a love for museums, heritage and history, I started to explore the world while working as a photographer on cruise ships. I enjoyed the discovery of cultures and people in every place I got to visit. I have been lucky to travel, by land and sea to the 7 continents including Antarctica, to over 130 cities around the world, with so many destinations in Europe, Asia and South America that have a special place in my heart. I continue to be inspired by planning the next adventure and capturing images of the new explorations away from home, and it is my privilege to share my experience and passion for travel by creating meaningful journeys here at Adventure Life.

Eric Niskanen Trip Planner

Eric Niskanen
Trip Planner

Originally from the Connecticut coast, when I wasn’t playing in the water, I was traipsing through the woods (a bit farther from home than I was supposed to go, to my mother’s chagrin). After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Psychology, I decided to head west. I lived in northern Arizona, exploring the mountains and canyons of the high desert before driving to Alaska, taking my time to stop and enjoy the journey along the way. After some time in the Bay Area of California, it was time to go farther afield. I moved to Thailand, working for the first time in scuba diving. Thus began several years of moving back and forth from various places in the USA to other countries, working primarily in scuba diving—instructing, guiding, and exploring the underwater cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula. A love for caves and alpine climbing led to a degree in Geology from Portland State. A love for the sea led me back to the ocean and whale watching. A love for travel and adventure led me to Adventure Life, where I enjoy helping others explore the world around us, while nourishing my own affinity for new places.

Angela Broeckel Trip Planner

Angela Broeckel
Trip Planner

My experiences growing up in an AFS (American Field Service) family and participating in exchange programs from a young age led me to a career teaching and leading international schools for the past 28 years. I have lived and worked in Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Hong Kong, China (Shanghai), Mexico, Greece, Panama, Thailand, and Barbados, altogether visiting 139 countries, including the Arctic and Antarctica. As a bit of an adrenaline-seeker, I have enjoyed bungee jumping from various spots around the world (including Victoria Falls), climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and ziplining in the cloud forests of Costa Rica! I also co-founded a foundation in Africa, spent one month in Borneo helping care for orangutans, and have worked extensively with elephants in Botswana. Currently, I spend my time between Washington State and Barbados and am thrilled to assist you as you create unforgettable memories of travel for you, your family, and your friends!

Betty Ingerheim Trip Planner

Betty Ingerheim
Trip Planner

I started my travel career in 1989 when I stepped onboard an 80-passenger expedition ship as Assistant Expedition Leader. I knew at that point this was the life for me! Since then, I've traveled extensively on expedition ships and led land programs to the Arctic (Norway, Canada and Greenland), West Antarctica (South Georgia & Falklands), Alaska, Iceland, British Isles, Mediterranean, Central/South America, Baja and explored many countries in-between. When not traveling, Sweden was my home for many years. After relocating back to my hometown of Seattle, WA, I worked for a number of adventure travel companies in the area: Lindblad Expeditions, ExpeditionTrips and UnCruise Adventures. I am excited to bring my years of knowledge and expertise to Adventure Life.

Sarah Cornellier Client Relations Director

Sarah Cornellier
Client Relations Director

One of my most cherished gifts came from my Mother. At a very young age she instilled in me a curiosity about the world and for as long as I can remember I have always loved learning about other cultures and lands. This led to traveling and exploring and eventually grew to spending many years living and working abroad as a horseback riding guide, first learning about the tourism industry on the ground as a guide in Mongolia. That grew to working in Chile, Argentina and South Africa. But Montana remained my home throughout my years of traveling. I am now deeply rooted in the gorgeous Blackfoot Valley with my husband, dogs and horses of our own.

Mai Caringal-Duran Assistant

Mai Caringal-Duran
Assistant

Living in an archipelago with extreme weather conditions made me adventurous myself. I was initially a city girl but later ended up in the Cordillera mountains of the Philippines to study, where I learned to explore and appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the region. You’ll often find me hiking our mountains breathing in the scent of recent tropical rainfall, or sinking my toes in the sand of one of the Philippines’ marvelous beaches. Among my favorite places to visit by far is Coron in Palawan, snorkeling, island hopping, and hiking to diverse mountain lakes and hot springs. When not working or exploring the islands, I enjoy supporting people in need and assisting the Filipino Sign Language community as an entry-level interpreter. I am excited to be a part of a team here at Adventure Life that shares my sense of social responsibility and at the same time provides once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.  

Mary Rose Catalan-Lachica Assistant

Mary Rose Catalan-Lachica
Assistant

I grew up in a tropical country where summer means traveling! The Philippines’ diverse natural wonders make it a sought-after destination among adventurers, and I enjoyed exploring locally with my family often during holidays. I always had the desire to work and travel internationally and earned a degree in Travel Management, eventually becoming a flight attendant. It is rewarding to experience a country’s culture firsthand: eating local food, talking to strangers, getting lost (on purpose!), buying rare-to-find items and going home with many beautiful moments—sometimes too many to capture in photos. During my free time, I focus on another rewarding job: being a wife, mother and caregiver to my kids and furbabies. I look forward to expanding my experience in the travel industry with Adventure Life both as a service provider and traveler.

Neth Valencia Assistant

Neth Valencia
Assistant

I grew up in the Philippines' capital city known as the Pearl of the Orient – Manila! It's a bustling historic city, full of things to see and do. Growing up, my family would often visit museums and parks, and enjoy varied cuisine and street food markets. It instilled in my heart a passion for travel. At a young age I started visiting local destinations such as Bicol, Cebu, and Bohol and watched dolphins and whales at Pamilacan Island. Outside of the Philippines, I have traveled to the cities of Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, and Edinburgh. Being in the travel industry for years, I am proud to be part of Adventure Life who shares my same passion – sharing the world YOUR way.

Petchie Colina Assistant

Petchie Colina
Assistant

I was born and raised on the outskirts of Mindanao, Philippines, where crowing roosters served as our alarm clock. Back then, the world to me was very small…until I moved to the city after college, and got hired at one of the largest BPOs in the country. I worked on an airline account handling domestic and international flights in the US—that was when I was exposed to the beauty of the world and all it has to offer. I started traveling and sought the adrenaline rush brought on by new adventures. Many of those adventures happen in my own backyard: chasing waterfalls on Siquijor Island, meeting tourists in Palawan, and surfing in Siargao. Whether I’m trekking, taking road trips, or just enjoying my haven (the beach), seeing new places gives me joy. I am thrilled to widen my scope with Adventure Life, not only as a traveler, but as a person who helps others explore our world.

Michelle Amor Dayon Assistant

Michelle Amor Dayon
Assistant

I grew up in Butuan City, Philippines, but now make my home in the Queen City of the South: Cebu. I've visited many of the more famous destinations in my home country: Baguio, Manila, Bohol, Davao, Leyte, Surigao and nearby provinces, and have also traveled with family internationally to Hong Kong. I enjoy travel planning for family members and have experience as a customer service agent and hotel reservations specialist for online travel agencies as well. I have also spent time in financial planning; it is fulfilling to help others achieve their personal goals and gives me a sense of pride every day. I’m excited to be a part of the Adventure Life team and continue to serve clients all over the world.

Marie Bunyi Assistant

Marie Bunyi
Assistant

I grew up in the vibrant capital city of the Philippines, Manila, but was introduced to nature and simple living early in life with my mother’s family in the province of Batangas. It is home to the historic Taal Volcano and many beautiful beaches where summer never ends. Growing up there, I developed a strong desire to travel and explore and decided to pursue my college degree in Tourism Management. I later joined the industry as a travel agent which led me to many travel opportunities I never imagined I could ever experience from Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan, to Europe, where I visited select parts of The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Hungary and Austria while cruising the legendary Rhine and Danube rivers.

There is so much more to explore, and I am very excited to be a part of Adventure Life where I can continue to learn and to serve our wonderful travelers! 

Rose Gigante Assistant

Rose Gigante
Assistant

I was born and raised in the Southern part of the Philippines called the Land of Pineapple Shore - Polomolok. I've always loved to travel and this passion led me to visit many beautiful places in the Philippines, including the crystal clear waters and fine sand beaches of El Nido, Palawan, Boracay, and Bantayan Island, Cebu. Other highlights are living in South Korea as a Missionary Teacher for a year (and finally seeing snow!) as well as joining a cruise trip to Malaysia and Phuket, Thailand. It always gives me joy to be able to help customers as well as friends and family plan their dream trips and share in their excitement for experiencing the world.

Joana Abellana Assistant

Joana Abellana
Assistant

I grew up in the Southern part of the Philippines, the "Crown Jewel of Mindanao,” Davao City. At a young age, I was brought up to have fun running for miles, find thrills from sliding down steep hills, climb up every tree I'm allowed to (especially those with inviting sweet and sour treats), dive into inviting cold waters, bury myself in warm beach sands, and never shy away from dark caves with hidden beauty. Visiting magnificent places locally awakened my desire to explore more spectacular spots in my country, especially those places least visited by tourists. A blessing in disguise came as an opportunity to work in Cebu City as a travel counselor, and this paved the way for more unforgettable experiences: traversing trails, climbing peaks, canyoneering, and deep diving into majestic underwater landscapes. I look forward to more thrilling escapades my motherland has to offer, and soon will dare to step in to foreign lands.

Chern De Leon Assistant

Chern De Leon
Assistant

I come from the Philippines, also known as the “Pearl of the Orient Seas.” I grew up surrounded by nature and I am continually in awe of the beauty of my home. I remember a favorite family gathering always included the beach, karaoke and food! Although I’ve traveled locally within the Philippines, it wasn’t until my very first international trip to Northern California that I have been more inspired to explore more as there is so much to see, feel and experience. Seeing new places, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures—traveling has become my ultimate dream and I am thrilled to realize this dream for myself and others with Adventure Life. 

Arvin Yalong Assistant

Arvin Yalong
Assistant

Mabuhay, from the Philippines! My first travel experience was back when I was a child where I used to visit my parents in the United Arab Emirates on my summer breaks. Since then, I found myself exploring the rich cultures of Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and the picturesque cities of The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. After getting my degree in Travel Management, I pursued my career in one of the Philippines' premier travel companies where I developed my skills and passion for being part of someone's travel story. With these skills combined, I am delighted to join Adventure Life's team and to make your travel dreams into a reality.

Julie Rebaya Assistant

Julie Rebaya
Assistant

I was born and raised as an island girl in the province of Masbate, the heart of the Philippines, before I moved to Manila for my studies and then Singapore for work. Besides exploring my home country's travel destinations such as Boracay, Baguio, Palawan, Cebu, and Ilocos, just to name a few, I have also traveled extensively elsewhere in Asia such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. With Adventure Life, I get to share my passion for travel with other people as a Trip Planner Assistant and a true advocate of the travel industry.

Maria Ignacio Assistant

Maria Ignacio
Assistant

I consider myself lucky because I was born in a tropical country. The Philippines boasts thousands of islands with wonderful beaches and sites to see. In Cebu, where I was born and raised, I can see the best of both worlds; mountains, springs, falls, or our world class resorts are just a few hours away from home.
The knack for experiencing new places to visit has always been something that I enjoy. As a mother of two, I make sure my kids are able to travel and see the wonders of the world. To be a part of Adventure Life and to be given a chance to help families have an enjoyable journey is something I am very grateful for.

Ghezzel Forcado Assistant

Ghezzel Forcado
Assistant

The landlocked Bukidnon province offers a slew of activities for thrill-seekers and vacationers. Growing up here, in what is known as the South Summer Capital of the Philippines, I was inspired by its beauty to study biology and look closely at nature. I also began traveling and exploring locally to understand the natural world and its origins, trekking, climbing mountains, and exploring the underwater world. Being in the industry for years, I want to instill my passion for traveling and love for nature into others. I am most grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Adventure Life, where I may share my experiences and help create memorable journeys around the world.

Elma Mantilla Assistant

Elma Mantilla
Assistant

What started out as a fascination with an old hardbound atlas at the age of 5 turned into an exciting and fulfilling career in travel. Growing up in the Philippines, traveling was both a challenge as well as a luxury. I was fortunate enough to have my career start at a large online travel company which rekindled my interest and passion for people, places and culture. My career took me further to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Through work, I was able to go and visit most parts of Southeast and North Asia, as well as some areas of the Middle East. The world is a vast place that I hope to see in its entirety one day. In the meantime, I am excited about being a part of my client’s journey to achieving and going on that trip of a lifetime!

Lolibeth Florendo Assistant

Lolibeth Florendo
Assistant

Travel has been my passion since I was a teenager. Back then, summertime was always an opportunity for me to traverse back and forth to visit my grandparents in the province of Leyte, Philippines, where I grew up. From there, my journey continued to Cebu City, to study, work and eventually get married and raise a family. In spite of being a full-time mom during those years, I managed to explore most of the Philippines from north to south. I make sure that I travel with family, with friends, and even go solo: this ultimate goal came to reality in 2019 with a trip to Thailand. Travel planning and preparation gives me so much motivation, and for me is equally as exciting as the trip itself; joining Adventure Life has now given me new aspirations and opportunities in pursuing my travel passions.

Suleica Carteciano Assistant

Suleica Carteciano
Assistant

Living in the Philippines means it's just a short drive or flight away from beach paradise! Jumping from deserts, tropical climates, African savanna, metropolitan cities to snow-covered wonderlands has become my life working as a flight attendant. I was based in Doha, Qatar for 9 years. I have traveled to 65 countries (airport stopover not counted). One of the things I love about traveling is meeting people, experiencing new cultures, going on adventures, and of course the food. Some highlights include: a Holy Land trip with my parents, Bali with high school friends, yoga in India, celebrating Songkran in Bangkok, wandering around Verona without a map, navigating a small boat in Hvar, going on safari in South Africa, horseback riding on the beach in Mozambique and spending a day with San Bushmen in Namibia. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of Adventure Life, where I can share my first-hand knowledge and experience of these amazing destinations and facilitate a smooth travel experience for our wonderful clients!

Hannah Cuento Assistant

Hannah Cuento
Assistant

I was born in Manila and grew up in the historic city of Caloocan. Growing up, I loved to visit my grandparents in Catanduanes, Bicol during summer vacations and enjoy the gorgeous beaches and lush green mountains of the province.  

I have been a part of the cruise industry for almost a decade and have traveled to countries like Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. I enjoy assisting guests with their trip planning and feel so glad whenever they tell me that they had a great trip. I am excited to join Adventure Life’s team and to bring my future clients to their next big adventure.

Phen Honculada Assistant

Phen Honculada
Assistant

I grew up in the "Durian Capital of the Philippines," Davao City but I'm currently living in the "Queen City of the South," Cebu. I've been living on this beautiful Island now for more than 10 years. I am an "Ocean Girl"--I am calmed by the sea and I am happy to have found a home in a province where some of the great beaches in the country are just a few hours away. Since I was young, I have always dreamt of traveling around the world, even with a strong fear of flying! I'm grateful to now be a part of Adventure Life, where I can get closer to reaching my dream, share my passion for travel, and gain more knowledge along the way.

Jewel Japay Assistant

Jewel Japay
Assistant

Growing up in an island city on an archipelago nation, where beaches and mountains are never more than an hour's drive away, the sense of exploration and discovery has always been second nature to us Cebuanos. We sail the seas, cruise the skies, or drive along the road: traveling is our norm. The idea of traveling has fascinated me so much that I have made my life's career in the industry; I have worked as an airport agent, a flight attendant, and as a reservations agent where I got the opportunity to travel to countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. I love getting lost in cities I have never been into, following locals where they usually hang out or eat. Following their trail leads to experiencing and getting to know a place in the most authentic way possible.

Cheska Abella Assistant

Cheska Abella
Assistant

Growing up, I was a homebody, but this immediately changed when I joined the travel industry. Since then, being in new places and having new experiences has brought me immense joy—from going on road trips and enjoying the city lights to basking on white-sand beaches, cliff diving, island hopping, freediving, and surfing. I hope to explore international travel soon and some of my bucket-list destinations include Bali, French Polynesia, Japan, Finland (so I can see the Northern Lights), Peru (to explore Machu Picchu and see the Nazca Lines), and Paris...the list goes on. I am proud and beyond thrilled to be a part of Adventure Life where I can not only share my passion for travel with our wonderful clients but also be an advocate for responsible travel.

Nina Bondoc Assistant

Nina Bondoc
Assistant

I have lived in the island province of Cebu all my life. I am lucky to live only minutes away from the beach, a place I go to in a heartbeat whenever I get the urge or I am invited to go. I also love going to mountain areas where the temperature is cool and I can enjoy breathtaking views with a nice cup of hot cocoa or freshly-brewed coffee. I feel most happy traveling with family and close friends. Aside from local getaways, I am looking forward to more international travel in the future. One of the best things about traveling for me is food! I like discovering new flavors and dishes whether it is a local delicacy or a dish from another part of the world. With Adventure Life, I can help clients savor each memory of their travel experience.

Nur Sakkam Assistant

Nur Sakkam
Assistant

I was born and raised in Cebu, one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. I enjoy swimming, hiking, camping, and all the adventure the province offers. I've traveled to neighboring islands including Bohol, Masbate, Negros, Leyte, Samar, and Siquijor, as well as abroad to Singapore. Someday I dream of traveling with my family to the Bahamas, Greece, France, and South Africa. Exploring new places in person makes me appreciate nature's amazing beauty and getting to know other people and their cultures. I am excited to join the Adventure Life team and help others make unforgettable memories in their own dream destinations.

Mona De Vera Assistant

Mona De Vera
Assistant

My love for adventure travel started when I began living independently during my college years, with fieldwork in different communities and cultures. Since graduating, I've been to more than 40 provinces in the Philippines, from hiking the third-highest peak of the country to dipping my feet in its most pristine beaches. I was also privileged to visit the USA as part of my work in an international NGO which further fueled my wanderlust. My love for exploration and planning has landed me a career in the travel industry and has taken me all over Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand. I'm happy to bring my passion for travel to Adventure Life and assist travelers in embarking on their adventures of a lifetime.

Waru Ebrado, Jr. Assistant

Waru Ebrado, Jr.
Assistant

I was born in the Southeast Asian country of the Philippines. As I grew older, I developed a love of travel and began exploring my own tropical island, discovering new cities and bonding with the locals. In 2014, I relocated to Cebu, the Queen City of the South, and began working in an international travel agency. Over the last six years, I've visited several cities, islands, beaches, falls, lakes, rivers, caverns, and springs and participated in a variety of activities including free diving, helmet diving, parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, cliff jumping, and island hopping. As a traveler myself I somehow understand how other fellow travelers would feel and the services they need. I am excited to be part of Adventure Life and I look forward in developing my skills and experience in the travel industry.

Kriska Buison Assistant

Kriska Buison
Assistant

I love traveling and it has always been my passion to see the nature and beauty of the world. This is one of the reasons why I studied Tourism Management in college,
which led me to become a Travel Agent in one of the prestigious travel companies in the Philippines. I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit destinations such as Singapore, London, Scotland, Germany, and Austria through my work in the travel industry. Exploring different landscapes and being immersed in different cultures is such a gift. Now that I have been given the opportunity to join Adventure Life, I am thrilled to share my skills, knowledge, and passion for helping adventurous travelers plan their dream trips.

Gen Cabagua Assistant

Gen Cabagua
Assistant

I grew up in the food basket region of Mindanao, in the province of Bukidnon. At an early age, I was immediately exposed to an immensely adventurous lifestyle on our farm, surrounded by rivers and wild forests. I can always recall that I would take my brother fishing, climbing fruit trees, and playing in the wild each time my parents traveled to the city on errands. When it came time to expand my horizons, I experienced life in the city that was once bizarre to me. I spent years working and exploring in the queen city of the south, Cebu City, and will soon settle on the island born of fire, Camiguin Island. I am so thrilled to be part of Adventure Life, where I will work with colleagues and serve clients who share a common interest in traveling the world.

Mariethony Jabonita Assistant

Mariethony Jabonita
Assistant

My love for exploring started at a very young age, from collecting photos of beautiful places in magazines and books to watching artful films. Being born and raised in the Philippines' "Queen City of the South," where it's only a few hours' drive to get to either a serene white sand beach or a scenic mountain top, ignited this passion even more. I am not much of an adventurer though (I certainly don't enjoy the adrenaline)—I like to slow down, wander, and relax while traveling to new places. I strongly believe that the world is ours to explore, and I am overjoyed to make my career in helping others experience all it has to offer.

Fatima Corot Assistant

Fatima Corot
Assistant

I was born and raised in the Philippines, a country famous in Southeast Asia for its exotic beaches and its religious culture. Growing up, my family did not travel much outside of my hometown. Then in grade school, I joined a field trip to Iloilo City which gave me the opportunity to travel for the first time. From that day, I know for myself that I want to explore more cities outside the province, Negros Occidental. Later in college, my friends and I explored resorts and beaches in different cities, which opened up the world even more. Then, when I began working in a BPO company we held our team gatherings outside Bacolod and I even had the chance to bring my family, which really helped me realize that traveling is something that I want to do more often with my loved ones. Now, my goal is to travel internationally and see the beauty of countries outside of home. Being in the travel industry for years has helped me discover places I never knew and I am happy to continue my work now as a part of the Adventure Life team. It is an honor to help clients arrange their trips stress-free and safely, and help families make travel memories to last a lifetime.

Yuan Benitez, Jr Assistant

Yuan Benitez, Jr
Assistant

I was introduced to traveling and visiting different places at a very young age through my involvement in a dance company that frequently traveled for performances. It instilled in me the importance of valuing culture and appreciating the beauty of different places and people. I once made a promise to myself to travel more once I started earning. That dream inspired me to relocate to the Queen City of the South, Cebu City—a place that serves as a door to many destinations across the world. Being part of Adventure Life gives me the chance to not only fulfill my dream of traveling but also to inspire and assist others who share the same dream of exploring the world.

Julia Kocubinski Finance Director

Julia Kocubinski
Finance Director

Growing up in the beauty of Montana, I have always been on the lookout for an adventure. Whether it is hiking my favorite trail, skiing at our local mountain, playing volleyball with my friends, or floating along one of Montana's beautiful rivers, I love to get out there and enjoy what our world has to offer. Working for Adventure Life fits right in with my lifestyle. I have had the amazing opportunities to bike in the Galapagos, climb a volcano in Guatemala, kayak in Antarctica and snorkel in Belize, just to name a few. Next on the list? Trekking in Peru!

Haley Rowell Accounts Payable and Receivable Specialist

Haley Rowell
Accounts Payable and Receivable Specialist

I began crossing borders at an early age and have been filled to the brim with wanderlust ever since. My travels have seen me weave my way across Europe, study abroad in New Zealand, trek through South America, kayak Antarctica's icy waters and sail the high Arctic seas. A Montana girl at heart, however, my roots always manage to pull me home where I spend the majority of my days hiking nearby mountain ranges or kayaking Montana's many rivers. My winter hours are typically spent snowshoeing in Idaho or writing America's next great novel.

Emily Stanton Content Manager

Emily Stanton
Content Manager

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, I was surrounded by natural beauty from a young age. This fostered an early love of writing and inspired the decision to move to Missoula, Montana for a degree in English Literature. While in school, I was lucky enough to join a year-long study abroad program in Wales and explore the castles and ancient cities of Europe I had only ever read about. Now a member of the Adventure Life team, I have valued each opportunity to continue my travels from Arctic Canada to Southeast Asia. It is a joy to be able to make my home in the mountains and connect with others who have the same love and curiosity for the world around them.

Rose Tagala Finance & Content Assistant

Rose Tagala
Finance & Content Assistant

I grew up in the Queen City of the South - Cebu. Cebu has a lot to offer: mountains, beaches, and falls just a few hours' drive away. I always love to travel and enjoyed visiting local favorites: Bohol, Manila, Tagaytay, Boracay, Camotes. I love visiting tourist spots and enjoy eating different foods. I look forward to more travel locally and soon, international travel.

Aaron Conway Technology Director

Aaron Conway
Technology Director

I joined the Adventure Life team in 2002. I have always been fascinated with the world community and had an unwavering desire to learn about other cultures. Throughout my life I have traveled halfway around the world including several trips to Western Europe. I moved to Missoula from Mankato, MN with my wife and daughter after earning BFA's in graphic design and ceramics. Being part of Adventure Life allows me to remain politically, environmentally and culturally aware and to educate others. I also like pizza.

Joe Devine Senior Developer

Joe Devine
Senior Developer

I've spent the majority of my life in Missoula, Montana and after starting work with Adventure Life in 2015 I am finally able to begin my international adventures. I've been able to explore the beauty of Western Montana for the last couple decades and am happy to begin to expand my horizons to see what the rest of the world has to offer. I have always had an affinity and curiosity for technology. Working as a web developer at Adventure Life keeps me constantly challenged and gives me the opportunity to grow and develop my skills while allowing me to maintain a happy life with friends, family and our wonderful community.

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