I am a mom and a world traveler. Often the two things don’t mix, but this time they worked out well. Many people know me as a publisher. I spent a lot of time (almost 16 years) at National Geographic as the Vice President + Publisher of Traveler. And if you work at a travel magazine, it is a good idea to become part of the travel industry … so I got moving and joined many of the global organizations that create, support and continue to build the business.
In 2009 I left publishing, yet remained in the travel industry. I started a boutique travel consulting firm: MOSTE (it’s an acronym ... and it's the name of a small village in Slovenia). You can’t be employed by Nat Geo for 16 years and not have a mission, so my primary objective is to work with and inside of emerging destinations to build their economies through investment programs and communicate who they are via tangible, cultural marketing initiatives.
Recently MOSTE has expanded to include television and film production, destination and infrastructure investment -- all with the endgame of encouraging audiences to travel to the destinations we feature, and provide enhanced visibility of those places.
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What's a Travel Expert?
Sixteen years at National Geographic can make you (and everyone else) think you’re a travel expert. The truth is that I have been to a lot of places and spent more than 40% of any year in a plane, a train, or on the road to somewhere. I know a lot of places, but I REALLY KNOW some of them better than most. My parts of the world:
Slovenia and the Southern Balkans
United States of America (all but 2 states)
So if time spent traveling makes one an expert, I qualify. Contact me for travel tips!
What's The Logo Mean?
I'm not sure when I connected music and travel. Was it my first trip to Paris without parents in tow? I was still in high school. Joni Mitchell's Free Man in Paris took on real meaning as I walked alone down the Champs Elysee. Or it could have been when I heard high-pitched singing from a bar window on a rainy night in Kyoto; or the ngoni played by a group from west Africa in Carnegie Hall, or the sitar and tabla in concert in a park in Chicago. There is something about music -- live and performed by people from its origins -- that propels me to travel, and to travel far. For me it is one of the ultimate experiences connected to travel.