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TOUR LEADER BIOS


Casey Miller
Language: English, Spanish, French
Countries Visited: I'm about a third of the way to the 195 club.
Tours Led: Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Spain, Italy, Turkey, India, Peru & Bolivia.
Favourite Destination: Mexico will always have a very special place in my heart. I lived there for many years of my life, and have two godchildren from the state of Michoacan.
About Me: When I was a kid, I watched Rosalind Russell in the hit movie Auntie Mame. Running up the stairs of her bohemian New York apartment she proclaims, "life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" I couldn't agree more. When not traveling and leading tours, I managed to (barely) graduate from Harvard with two masters degrees, spend 10+ years as a fundraiser for purpose driven organizations, and once, rode my bike -- alone -- across the United States for charity.

Chris Tripodi
Education: University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling.
Language: More than enough can be understood without words. That being said, learning a little French, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Greek has sure helped.
Countries Visited: 149 countries. More than half of them more than twice.
Tours Led: In over 90 countries. I'd like to apologize to the other half of the planet that I've been ignoring. I'll get there, I promise.
Favourite Destination: There's no place like Home. Granted, it's been almost 10 years since I've had one.
About Me: I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

Diego Vidal
Education: National Tour Guiding and Tourism Management; Naturalist Guide with a mention in Taxonomy and Ornithology; Exchange Student in Senior Year at Saint Fulgence College in Quebec, Canada.
Language: Spanish, English and French.
Tours Led: Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Favourite Destination: Ecuador because of the amazing variety of landscapes, people, weather, fauna and flora; Peru and Bolivia for their colourful markets, ancient history and the majesty of the Andes.

Justin Biehl
Language: English, and improving to a conversational French and German
Countries Visited: Justin spent almost a year in Europe, backpacking himself through a veritable bevy of countries, cities, towns, and hostels. From tomato filled streets in Valencia to the HofbrÀuhaus in Munich, he took his show down under for a year in Australia and New Zealand. After that, he had the opportunity to travel through South East Asia, China, and parts of the Middle East.
Favourite Destination: There will always be a space in his heart for Lagos, Portugal and Queenstown, New Zealand. Feel free to ask him why.
About Me: Justin goes by the mantra "It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" and tries to project that into every tour he leads and destination he experiences.

Laura Rudderforth
Education: English Literature, Art History, Education and PADI Instructor.
Language: English, French, Spanish, Italian, some Tagalog, Thai, Turkish and Mandarin.
Tours Led: Iceland, Greece, Switzerland, France, Gulf States, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Madagascar, Malta, Costa Rica, Panama, Adriatic, Turkey, Scotland, Chile, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Tibet, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.
Favourite Destination: The Philippines for the fascinating underwater landscapes and life, Sicily for the abundance of delicious cuisine and wealth of antiquity, everywhere on Rapa Nui.

Lorna Lissner
Education: Ongoing.
Language: English and some Spanish.
Tours Led: Adriatic, Caucasus, Baltic States, Italy, Turkey, Ethiopia, North Africa, Middle East, Central and South America
Favourite Destination: I love to travel anywhere that is off the beaten trail...Yemen, Columbia, Ladakh and Ethiopia have been a few of my favourites of my recent travels. Drinking butter tea with newly made friends in Ladakh or learning new ways to set a sail in Turkey make this job one of the best you could dream of.
About Me: Lorna has been with Adventures Abroad for over 15 years, working both as a Tour Leader and a destination specialist n the office.

Pablo
Education: Tourism business at Technological University of Quito.
Language: Spanish, English and German.
Tours Led: Throughout Central and South America, including; Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia
Favourite Destination: Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg in France. But, I have a special interest and attraction for Peru and Bolivia since I began travelling to these countries.

Peter Barathan
Education: Business and Sports Management.
Language: English, some French and passable Tok Pisin.
Countries Visited: Extensive travel through over 60 countries, ranging from New Zealand and Philippines to South Africa and Papua New Guinea.
Tours Led: Adriatic, Albania, Balkans, Baltic States, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Caucasus, Iran, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, the Gulf States and throughout Southern Africa.
Favourite Destination: There is no place on earth like Papua New Guinea; breathtaking sites combined with a fascinating culture, and amazing people. Anywhere in the Middle East; delicious food, friendly and hospitable people, a place you can never get bored. Singapore, best food in the business.