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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. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."
Language: I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.
Countries Visited: 80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.
Tours Led: West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.
Favourite Destination: Departures hall.
About Me: I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. 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.

James Bodnarchuk
Education: Shortly after James finished his BA in Psychology and English Language he developed a passion for gardening which led to further studies in Horticulture and then Botany as a lab assistant. He frequently uses the world as his classroom to learn about ancient civilizations, geography, ecology, and history as he travels.
Language: English with lots of practice using nonverbal communication and gestures to charade his way through the rest of the world.
Countries Visited: 40+ countries across 5 Continents (and counting!)
Tours Led: Throughout the Mediterranean region, including everything from Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Spain and Greece.
Favourite Destination: Nature 1) Galapagos's marine wonderland 2) Namibia's harsh deserts 3) South America's lush Iguazu Waterfalls 4) Patagonia's frigid glaciers 5) South Africa's self-drive safari parks Cities 1) Beauty of Vancouver, Canada (home) 2) Nature within Cape Town, South Africa 3) History in Berlin, Germany 4) Authenticity of La Paz, Bolivia 5) Culture of Kyoto, Japan Ancient World 1) Petra - the ancient Nabatean capital city 2) Mayan carvings of Copan, Honduras 3) The endless ancient antiquities of Egypt 4) Mysteries of the Nazca Lines, Peru 5) The sprawling temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia
About Me: James' insatiable wanderlust is satisfied each year between seasonal jobs at home in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. In the summertime he works outdoors as a beach lifeguard and in the winter he works in an urban forest spreading holiday cheer. Happiest while outside and exploring, he is excited to have the whole world as his workplace as an International Tour Leader for Adventures Abroad.

Justin Biehl
Language: English, and improving to a conversational French and German
Countries Visited: Justin spent almost a year in Europe, backpacking through a veritable bevy of countries, cities, towns, and hostels. From tomato filled streets in Valencia to the Hofbräuhaus 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.

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.

Peter Barathan
Education: Business & Sports Management.
Language: English, passable French, slowly learning Afrikaans and Zulu.
Countries Visited: Almost a member of the 'Century Club', with extensive travel throughout Europe, the Middle East, Southern Africa and South East Asia.
Tours Led: Adriatic, Albania, Balkans, Baltic States, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Caucasus, Iran, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Southeast Asia, India, the Gulf States, the 'Microstates' of Europe, throughout Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Favourite Destination: Southern Africa has become my new home; no other place offers such diverse topography, flora and fauna. Croatia is my go-to for a relaxing, European getaway, but when I'm craving good food, I'll head to Singapore.