My name is Daniel Zehr and I will be your dedicated Travel Consultant should you decide to travel with us. I lived in Osaka for a year as an exchange student my sophomore year of high school, living with two host families. More recently, I lived in Kyoto for a semester while studying Buddhism and Japanese Religions, while attending college at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. My last study abroad culminated in a two week trip across Japan studying the relationship between religious sites, environmentalism, and whether Buddhism promoted a positive environmental ethic. That being said, I have traveled extensively across Japan, so I have personally been to many of the areas that you might be interested in traveling to.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I love to hike and engage in adventure sports. After working hard, it is always great to unwind with incredible food. That being said: the outdoors and food experiences."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I have been an avid traveler since a youngster, always reveling in the opportunity to be a part of family vacations. I have traveled extensively throughout the U.S., been to Mexico, a couple countries in the Caribbean, including living in Roatan (Honduras) for a month, Rwanda, across central Europe, and of course, Japan! It is a dream to work in the travel industry, because I am so passionate regarding others wish to travel too! "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"When I was fifteen years old I lived in Osaka, while attending school and playing on the soccer team. Towards the end of the season we took a ferry ride to Miyazaki to play in a tournament. Not only was the ferry ride a fun experience with the entirety of the soccer team, but bonding through tough competition and sharing a hotel was incredible. When I left Japan the entire team, including the coaching staff, came to the airport and saw me off. It was a powerful experience that highlighted the kindness of the Japanese spirit."