Our Travel Specialists
Experts in Travel to Asia and the Pacific
Enthusiastic travelers themselves, the authoritative knowledge and contagious enthusiasm of our Travel Specialists makes planning your Journey Beyond the Ordinary™ effortless and enjoyable.
It is our pleasure to announce that for the forth year running, our Travel Specialists have been recognized by the Travel + Leisure A-List Awards as unequivocal experts in their field. Don't settle for second best when planning your trip of a lifetime— contact them today.
Eric Kareus, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
Eric's knowledge of Asia borders on the encyclopedic—he has twice been named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist. He holds a degree from the University of Colorado in International Relations and Economics with an emphasis on the developing world.
He was a guide in Europe, then joined ATJ in 1993 and has since traveled extensively throughout the region. Eric was raised in the arid Colorado River valley and reared on National Geographic, periodic family trips to Central America, and Asian cuisine.
Jarrod Hobson, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
A graduate of the University of Maine, Jarrod worked on an expedition-cruising vessel that took him to the Antarctic, South and Central America. He heard the call of the west, and moved to Boulder, where his passion for skiing and whitewater kayaking could flourish.
In the past decade, he's made countless trips to our region and enjoyed extraordinary experiences (including lunch with the king of Sumba). He is a superb resource for facilitating beyond-the-ordinary travel as evidenced by his designation as a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for 2007 and a Travel + Leisure A-List Travel Specialist for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Rebecca Mazzaro, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
Rebecca became hooked on travel after spending a year of high school in a small Spanish province bordering Morocco. She studied Environmental Biology earning her degree at CU Boulder. A musical streak culminated in a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a penchant for travel manifested itself in years spent guiding around the U.S.
She fell for Asia during extensive travels in the region, where she expertly captures its people and places in photos. She revels in sharing her deep first-hand knowledge and was named a Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for 2007. Rebecca has further distinguished herself by being included on Travel + Leisure's exclusive A-List of top travel specialists in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Pat O'Connell, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
As a child, Pat dreamed of becoming an astronaut, but decided that exploring the world and its various cultures would be just as exciting. He earned a degree in Operations Management from Western Washington University, climbed the corporate ladder, then began leading tours worldwide until he discovered his current ideal situation: a career requiring frequent destination research.
His expansive travels in our region over decades make him an unsurpassed resource for crafting extraordinary itineraries. Pat's expertise has been acknowledged by Travel+Leisure magazine—he was selected as an A-List Travel Specialist 2012 and 2013.
Tom Lastick, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
Tom has traveled in more than 50 countries worldwide, and nearly everywhere in Asia and the Pacific. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Colorado, he is also a Colorado native. Tom was bitten by the travel bug while working in Australia in the mid-90s.
A planned two-week trip to Bali became a three-month sojourn throughout SE Asia, and the beginning of a lifelong love of the region and its people. Tom's passion, wealth of knowledge and personal experience makes him an invaluable resource when planning travel to Asia and the Pacific.
Chris Dunham, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
While growing up, Chris' passion for competitive swimming cultivated a deep familiarity with pools from Oregon to Maine, but left little time to explore the rest of the world. That all changed once he earned degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from Miami (Ohio) University, after which he threw himself into travels throughout Asia. Recent forays include extensive journeys through Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan and Myanmar (Burma).
Jen Boyd, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
Jen was majoring in Wildlife Biology before a study abroad program in New Zealand presented a fork in the road, and choosing travel, she’s never looked back. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Eco Tourism and has since traveled to nearly 40 countries, absorbing deep firsthand knowledge of Asia and beyond.
Her continued affinity for all things wild led to a stint as a tour leader for the World Wildlife Fund on their lauded snorkeling tours in Micronesia. When not pulling together dazzling itineraries for her travelers she can be found in the Rockies hiking, skiing and snowshoeing with her family and two dogs.
Katie Weiland-Landgraf, Travel Specialist | Destination Manager
Katie holds degrees in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin. A love of travel and different cultures was indulged in a year abroad studying in Costa Rica, soaking up its culture, and exploring its eco-systems.
A self-confessed music junkie, she's a fixture at local bluegrass venues and jamband concerts. An abiding love of animals has defined Katie since childhood: she's been a dedicated vegetarian (and sometime vegan) since the age of 12, and is an impassioned supporter of animal rights. Weekends will find her hiking through Boulder's beautiful foothills with her English bulldog and American terrier.
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