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Sam 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 Costa Rica as well as Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific.

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!"

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