¡Hola! My name is Cait and I am an avid traveler and the co-founder of a travel startup called LocalAventura. I feel passionately about facilitating authentic experiences for travelers in which they truly engage with the local culture and learn something new about the world, and themselves! I currently live in Mexico City but for the past year I have lived in Buenos Aires, Santiago, and São Paulo!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in Latin America, specifically Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, and Costa Rica. I LOVE helping travelers experience the rich, diverse traditions of the region in a very authentic way. One of my specialties is definitely foodie and wine experiences. I've tasted the best wines in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile, three countries with world-renowned wineries. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and had never even been on an airplane before going to college at Penn (also in Philadelphia). My first flight ever was one of the longest you can book - to Singapore. From that very first travel experience, my world was never the same. I took every chance I got to travel, including doing internships in India and studying abroad in Argentina. My favorite thing about living abroad is definitely the education that comes along with it. I’ve always thought that travel is a sort of education for which there is no substitution. It gives you an appreciation of the world and the diversity of cultures that exists here. Seeing how people chose to live their lives differently, and the distinct attributes that each culture collectively values, has been an incredible experience. What I really like is seeing how, though cultures can be so disparate in so many ways, when people are happy and smiling they tend to look a whole lot alike. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"While I was living in Argentina, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the northern Argentine province of Corrientes to immerse myself in the gaucho (Argentine cowboy) lifestyle for 4 days. One of the most incredible, unforgettable things I've done was to ride on horseback across a river as the sun was setting on the beautiful Argentine landscape. As a native Philadelphian, I truly felt one with nature for the first time in my life. "