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Ariel Sophia Bardi

I got a taste for travel very early in life. I was born in Okinawa, Japan, and was taken as a baby all over the mainland, as well as China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. I may not remember those particular trips, but a pattern of travel followed me through the rest of my childhood and into adulthood. I enjoy very slow travel, spending a month or two-- or even a year-- in each place and making lots of side trips from there. I like to take art and language classes while based in each destination and try to immerse myself in the culture as much as I can.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"South Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. I specialize in cultural and heritage tourism, eco-travel and responsible tourism, and outdoor travel, plus anything unique and offbeat."

How did you get involved in travel?

"One of my first jobs out of college was as a walking tour guide in Paris. And whenever I had free time, I would go traveling myself, both in France or beyond, to Greece, Italy, Turkey, India, etc. It always seemed like a hobby, or a fun diversion from working life, until I realized that it could form part of my professional identity as well."

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