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Samantha Lodge

I firmly believe that travel can be a force for good, especially when we connect with others, travel consciously, take care of the communities we visit, and care for the environment. All it takes is one small moment on a trip to change our lives forever for the better! That’s why I love my job as a Destination Development Manager with our partners in North America, Central America, Australia and New Zealand.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been fortunate to travel to over 30 countries and 23 states in my life, but it was the loss of a loved one that really opened my eyes to travel as my life's passion, and the thing I wanted to build my life around. So in 2018, I started my own business so I could live and work remotely, meet amazing people around the world, and experience as many wonderful places as I can. Now, I get to call that passion my work with kimkim!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"While living in Australia in 2019, I flew to New Zealand for a spur-of-the-moment road trip. I spent 10-days exploring without a plan, stopping at small towns along the way to spend the night at whatever hotels had an open room. When I arrived in a town near Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo, all the hotels and hostels were full. Just when I was ready to head to a camping store to pick up a tent, a kind woman in a shop called her friend, who ran a B&B. She had a room for the night! She was so nice, and while we were chatting over dinner in her living room, she insisted I visit the Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve—one of the darkest night skies on earth, and the best place to take a star tour. I signed up, and our small group tour spent all night by a telescope, listening to our guide into the late hours and marveling at the most stunning night sky I’ve ever laid eyes on—and all because I rolled into town with nowhere to stay that night!"

Experience authentic Guatemalan cuisine
Culture, Adventure & Cuisine in Guatemala - 11 Days

Get to the heart of Guatemala's culture by touring ancient ruins, exploring the great outdoors, and indulging in street food. The experience kicks off with a traditional cooking class in Spanish-colonial Antigua, followed by a ride in the famous "chicken buses." From there, you'll tour lakes and villages, visit cloud forest reserves, bathe in waterfalls, and explore the grandest Maya archeological site in the nation: Tikal.

Chateau Frontenac
Eastern Canada by Train: Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City & Charlevoix - 14 Days

Experience the historic cities and stunning landscapes of Ontario and Québec on this epic two-week journey by train. Start with views from Toronto's CN Tower and a day trip to Niagara Falls, then hop on a train to Ottawa to cruise down the Rideau Canal. Sample poutine and patisseries on a food tour of Montréal, step back in time amid the cobblestones of UNESCO-listed Québec City, then ride the rails to Charlevoix for hiking in Grands-Jardins National Park and whale watching on the St. Lawrence River.

Train in the Canadian Rockies
Canada Scenic Rail Adventure: Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Winnipeg & Churchill - 14 Days

Experience the Canadian railway adventure of a lifetime as you travel from the Pacific Coast to the shores of Hudson Bay. Set out from Vancouver to ride the rails east into the Rockies to Banff, then hop over to Winnipeg to board a three-day train journey north. Watch the prairies shift to Arctic tundra and boreal forests as you pull into Churchill, where you'll spot the northern lights, come face to face with polar bears, and set out across the ice on a Tundra Buggy.

Kayak, swim, and snorkel the clear waters off of Belize's Middle Caye
Middle Caye Belize Beach Escape - 5 Days

Escape to Middle Caye for a five-day Belize beach break. After a brief stop in Belize City, you'll head straight to the paradise island of Southwest Caye to stay in a safari-style tented cabana among the palms. Spend sun-soaked days snorkeling and kayaking around Glover's Reef Atoll, a protected reserve where you'll discover an underwater world teeming with colorful coral and biodiverse marine life.

Scuba diving in Belize
Belize Scuba Diving Adventure - 5 Days

Take to the seas on this five-day scuba diving adventure in Belize, one of the best ways to appreciate the country's spectacular biodiversity and some of the best diving opportunities in the world. Dive the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world, to see beautiful corals, reefs teeming with life, and threatened species like marine turtles and manatees. Visit a marine research field station, picnic on a sandbar, and unwind at a serene tropical island getaway on Tobacco Caye.

See the country's incredible birds at the Belize Zoo, like this toucan
Best of Belize : Culture, Nature & History - 10 Days

Belize's many cultures and culinary traditions are revealed on this 10-day tour traveling to islands and on the mainland. Climb through the former palace of Maya rulers in Xunantunich, and walk through deep caves to see the underwater sacrificial burials at Actun Tunichil Muknal. Take a break from history lessons as you swim in the bliss of Lime Caye's clear waters and taste a feast of Garifuna dishes rich in coconut and fish in Hopkins. Relax into the island lifestyle as you experience Belize.