Born in Germany, I was bit by the travel bug early and have traveled to more than 45 countries. In 2000, I moved to the U.S. for an 18-month-long job in travel, and ended up staying 5 and a half years. During that time, I toured the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America. I moved to Canada in 2005 to work for G Adventures, and had my life-changing trip to Antarctica in 2006 and the Arctic in 2011. From 2012 to 2016, I worked for Intrepid Travel, which allowed me to continue exploring the world. My love for the Polar Regions and my experience in sales made me an ideal candidate for the Sales Manager position at Quark Expeditions. I started the job in April 2016, and in July of that year I joined one of our extraordinary voyages to the North Pole, on the 50 Years of Victory, the only icebreaker of her kind!
What is one of your favorite memories of the polar regions?
The penguin encounters in Antarctica and the polar bear sighting in the Arctic, as well as the most magnificent landscape: colossal icebergs and enormous glaciers painted in shades of white and blue.
What advice would you give someone traveling to the polar regions?
Make time to put your camera away, sit down, take a deep breath, let everything go, and enjoy and appreciate your surroundings. Create lifelong memories.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from traveling?
Be flexible and go with the flow, and be understanding and kind – to yourself and to your fellow travelers. Magic only happens when you are open to new experiences.