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Monika Sundem CEO

Monika Sundem

As a Pacific Northwest native I was raised to love playing in the mountains. I now enjoy living near Glacier National Park and learning how to master the adventure called "motherhood." I have been an Adventure Lifer for over 15 years and have worn many hats in trip planning, sales and marketing, and operations/reservation fulfillment, as well as being a world traveler with an affinity for Latin American culture in particular. I am so excited to embrace a new position of leadership with this growing, dedicated team and continue serving our family of travelers. ¡Buen viaje!

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 the Travel+Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor for Small Ship Cruises, and 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 am the Travel+Leisure A-List Top Travel Advisor for Adventure Travel, specializing in Africa, Latin America and the Polar Regions. 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!

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. As a little girl, I spent my time exploring the acres of forest that surrounded my house. I grew up hiking through Glacier National Park with my family and spending time on Flathead Lake. My first international adventure was to Brazil when I was 10 years old and is easily my favorite trip. From there, I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout Europe to France, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. I've assisted with building houses two different times in Mexico and have explored parts of Canada. My travels with Adventure Life have taken me to the Caribbean coast and rainforests of beautiful Costa Rica and with my husband to the mountains of Patagonia. I've walked through the beautiful streets of Buenos Aires and Ushuaia before embarking on a voyage to Antarctica. My most recent travels with Adventure Life was to Tanzania with my husband to meet the incredible people and witness bountiful wildlife as well as the island life of Zanzibar. I am expectant and ready 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.

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.

Jenna Fedyschyn Sales Team Lead

Jenna Fedyschyn
Sales Team Lead

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

Rachel Brouwer
Trip Planner

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

Kelly Carlin
Trip Planner

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.

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 and Antarctica. I am so excited to use my knowledge and passion for travel to help you plan your next adventure!

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.

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!

Maggie McClanahan Trip Planner

Maggie McClanahan
Trip Planner

Growing up, I loved exploring the Appalachian Mountains with my dad and often found myself daydreaming about embarking on adventures around the world. When I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020, I set off on a 1,000 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, and realized how magical and influential travel can be, as well as my desire to be a greater part of it. I’ve been able to explore Italy, Canada, Alaska, and the UK, and have an ever-growing bucket list of destinations. Working at Adventure Life is a dream, and I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than helping others create memories of a lifetime in awe-inspiring locations. When not planning trips for humans, I love to take shelter dogs out for their own getaways in nature.

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!

Sarah Cornellier Client Advocate

Sarah Cornellier
Client Advocate

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.

Mary Rose Catalan-Lachica Assistant

Mary Rose Catalan-Lachica

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.

Mai Caringal-Duran Assistant

Mai Caringal-Duran

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.  

Neth Valencia Assistant

Neth Valencia

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.

Michelle Amor Dayon Assistant

Michelle Amor Dayon

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.

Petchie Colina Assistant

Petchie Colina

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.

Marie Bunyi Assistant

Marie Bunyi

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

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

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.

Jake Jadraque Assistant

Jake Jadraque

I was born and raised in the province of Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines, a place situated on a plateau with mountains as its boundaries. I have enjoyed traveling and going on adventures since I was young. I especially love experiencing the wonders of nature and stay active by trekking in the mountains that surround my home.

My greatest goal in life is to travel the world and explore different cultures. Being a part of the Adventure Life team is an opportunity to achieve that goal and also to help others plan their own unforgettable trips.

Chern De Leon Assistant

Chern De Leon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Jewel Japay Assistant

Jewel Japay

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.

Ken Ngujo Assistant

Ken Ngujo

I was once a stay-at-home person and going anywhere outside of my comfort zone scared me. This was my life until my partner introduced me to travel. I started exploring in 2018 and plan to visit all 81 provinces in the Philippines by motorcycle...so far I've been to 35 provinces and looking forward to visiting more. First, the Philippines, then I'm going international! I'm already excited for the journey. Where will I go next?

Phen Honculada Assistant

Phen Honculada

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.

April Joyce de la Paz Assistant

April Joyce de la Paz

Born and raised a “Manila girl,” I traveled only to neighboring provinces and cities of metro Manila growing up. Then, once I began my career, I had the privilege to get paid to travel the world as a flight attendant. I was based in the Middle East for 13+ years and have explored over 200 cities across all 7 continents. Highlights include traveling with a family crossing Paris to Italy by train, spending New Years Eve in New York, a trip to Spain with a best friend, and an impromptu trip to Jordan with a cousin. On my bucket list: Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu, Santorini, Hawaii, and a whole lot more. Having been a traveler for over a decade, I look forward to being on the other side by helping you plan your life’s next big adventure with Adventure Life. I am excited to be with you on your next journey!

Rosely Cheska Abella Assistant

Rosely Cheska Abella

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 basing 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.

Marla Mandalupe Assistant

Marla Mandalupe

I was born and raised in the province of Southern Leyte in the Philippines, a place well known for its quality abaca products and gorgeous islands. I have enjoyed going on adventures since I was young: trekking to waterfalls, snorkeling, watching fireflies in the night sky, canoeing on a lake, or hitting the big ocean waves. Traveling provides memories we can always look back on, and the opportunity to get out of our comfort zone to experience new cultures and ideas. My purpose as an Adventure Life Trip Planner Assistant is to inspire travelers and provide them with an authentic and memorable vacation.

Kim Canete Assistant

Kim Canete

I was born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, known as the “Queen City of the South." I started loving traveling early on in sixth grade while living with my uncle on the southern part of the island, known for its beautiful white-sand beaches. Since then, I have visited most of the well-known beaches of the island from north to south. I am happy to now be a part of the Adventure Life team and get the chance to venture to foreign lands; exploring new places and meeting new people is so exciting, and I am excited to share my love of travel with others by helping to arrange our clients' dream vacations.

Joy Bahia Assistant

Joy Bahia

My first travel experience came very early on. I spent the first few years of my life in Monroe, Louisiana (with occasional visits to other states) while my father practiced as an orthopedic surgeon. During my formative years in Metro Manila, Philippines, the desire to travel to other countries has always been on my mind. In 2008, a stay-at-home mom by then, I became exposed to the online contest world, winning trips to Boracay, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Los Angeles, and London! Then, in 2011, I earned my financial advisor license, which led me to more travel in Hong Kong, Macau, Canada, and Alaska. There are still so many places that I intend to see and being a Trip Planner Assistant for Adventure Life will help me bring those plans a reality, not only for me, but for YOU, our travelers, as well.

Natasha Lopez Assistant

Natasha Lopez

I spent the golden summers of my childhood in my dad’s hometown, Bantayan Island, swimming all day at the beach with cousins, collecting sea shells, and chasing sunsets. My passion for travel started when I was 16, walking the streets of Orchard Road in Singapore alone. I felt like a little speck of dust in the wind. I knew back then that I had to see and experience the world. My first job as a flight attendant led me to Doha, Qatar where I spent most of my 20s traveling the globe. Memorable trips include bathing elephants in Sri Lanka, traveling with my parents to Europe, getting lost in the Lost City of Petra, solo traveling and visiting the 5 fishing villages of Cinque Terre, taking a dip at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, chasing the northern lights in Finnish Lapland, walking the Great Wall of China, and just simply sipping coffee in a brand-new city. I’m delighted to be a part of the Adventure Life team to help you create your own beautiful memories and to have the most amazing journey!

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!

Joan Gerasmia Finance Specialist

Joan Gerasmia
Finance Specialist

Born in the province of Bukidnon, known as the highland paradise in the heart of Mindanao, Philippines, I spent my wonderful childhood years full of adventure in the rolling uplands, valleys, and canyons. I have been to many places in the country, and am in constant awe of its beauty, from exploring the Puerto Princesa Subterranean river in Palawan, paraw sailing in the Balesin, hiking the most active stratovolcano in the Visayas, Mt. Kanlaon, and swimming in the clear waters of Boracay, Sumilon Island, and Camiguin. My constant thirst for adventure has also brought me to places away from home, such as Singapore, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, and Japan. Working for Adventure Life is a perfect match, as I get to now collaborate with others who share my passion for travel and continue to lead an active, adventurous lifestyle.

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.

Naeyshae Morgan Asia and Europe Advisor

Naeyshae Morgan
Asia and Europe Advisor

Malaysia is a true polyglot country and is the root of my love of language and culture. I spoke Mandarin with one side of my family, Malaysian with the other, voraciously watched Hindi movies, and everything official was in English. As a teenager, I traveled through Thailand, China, and Japan before moving to Europe where I split the next twelve years of my life in Sweden and Germany - Ja, ich spreche Deutsch und Schwedisch!. Since falling love with my gypsy husband, I’ve also fallen in love with Montana’s outdoor lifestyle. Now, I’m delighted to share my experience with others as Adventure Life introduces to travelers to my two homes of Europe and Asia.

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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