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Introducing our 2019-2020 Contiki USA Travel Ambassadors!

Love travel? Contiki is on a quest to find travelers that want to share that love with the communities they inspire. Que Contiki’s first-ever Ambassador program! Over the past 3 months we’ve been on the hunt to find 20 travel enthusiasts to spread the word of Contiki and the experiences you have when traveling abroad. From sustainable travel practices to the friendships you make while wandering the world with a group of other 18-35 year old travelers, this group was brought together to experience a Contiki trip first hand (psst.. it was the Mediterranean Quest) and give their communities an inside look at what we’re all about.

Want to hear what they have to say? Well, let’s meet our 2019 Contiki Travel Ambassadors:

Patty Olino | Fresno, CA

Instagram: @Scrubsandstripes

“Turned 25 in Italy! ?? Celebrated my quarter-century amongst incredible new friends boating around the stunning island of Capri. May have swapped cake with Prosecco, but let’s be real it may have been the cheap kind. ? Thank you to Contiki for making this the most memorable birthday I could ever ask for. #thisis25”

Next Contiki Trip: Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

Are you a medical professional? Ask me how I balance being a nurse and travel! Plus, with Contiki, medical professionals get a special discount!

Divya Patel | Los Angeles, CA

Instagram: @Liv_like_div

“This past month I was selected to be a #ContikiAmbassador and was able to join @Contiki and 20 other amazing ambassadors on a 10 day trip to the Mediterranean Coast! I am not one for group travels but this trip changed my perspective! Thanks to Contiki I was able to experience a super fun group travel, amazing food, unique accommodations, and memorable experiences such as biking through the French Riviera, visiting an active monastery, pasta cooking class and dining with the locals in Rome to name a few!”

Next Contiki Trip: Argentina & Brazil Experience

On the fence about Group Travel? Ask me how Contiki changed my mind.

Robert Liberatore | Durham, NC

Instagram: @robert_lib

“Can someone please tell me where the Pope’s at? Had the chance to tour the Vatican yesterday and it absolutely blew me away ⛪ Getting to walk through the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica was easily one of the highlights of this @Contiki trip and something I think everyone should try to do when they visit Rome!”

Next Contiki Trip: Japan Winter Wonder Plus 6 Day Ski

Do you have an interest in sustainable travel? Ask me about my non-profit and ways that you can do volunteer trips with Contiki.

Shelby Hicks | Durham, NC

Instagram: @Shelbss44

“Was it all a dream…?✨ Finished our adventure with @Contiki on the Italian coast and it is definitely bucket list worthy. But all the beautiful locations aside, the thing I loved most about this trip was connecting with other like-minded individuals I wouldn’t have normally had the opportunity to meet…”

Next Contiki Trip: Scandinavia

Do you enjoy active adventures? Ask me about Contiki trips that are packed with active activities and experiences for those who love the outdoors.

Allison Murray | Pittsburgh, PA

Instagram: @allisonolander

“Only with @Contiki could you find yourself on a rooftop in Rome, overlooking the pantheon, sharing a meal with locals and your new travel bffs…”

Next Contiki Trip: Big Indochina Adventure

Are you a student? Ask me how traveling with Contiki is easy and affordable for students looking to explore the world! Plus, students get a special discount! ?

Patricia Santos | Middletown, CT

Instagram: @simplysantos

“FINALLY made it to Europe for the first time and am soo happy I came as a group with @Contiki. I’ve been traveling almost exclusively with @tomstrickland for the past 2 years and it was absolutely amazing to change things up and go on a trip with 20 other like-minded people. There’s a lot of reasons why I like group travel, especially with companies like @Contiki who focus on trips for the younger 18-35 year olds and having the time of your lives…”

Next Contiki Trip: Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

Looking for travel tips? Ask me what I do to travel effectively and efficiently everywhere I go. Plus, when you’re visiting as many places as we did on our Contiki, you want to be prepared for everything!

Tom Strickland | Middletown, CT

Instagram: @tomstrickland

“I always told myself that I would save Europe for when I was ‘old and rich’… but when @Contiki announced that I had been selected as one of their 2019 Travel Ambassadors and I could experience one of their tours through the Mediterranean I couldn’t believe my luck! 7 days in and safe to say I’ve had a lot of my expectations blown out of the water…”

Next Contiki Trip: Ecuador & Galapagos Island Hopper

Wondering about the cost of the trip? Ask me what makes Contiki trips so affordable! Not only is everything taken care of, but they also offer easy and affordable financing options for the trips and flights!

Rachel-Jean Firchau | Los Angeles, CA

Instagram: @racheloffduty

“Day 3 of our 10-day #MedQuest along the Mediterranean with @Contiki was a huge success! We biked around the candy-colored city with @Nicecycletours in the morning and ate some of the most incredible croissants and pasta of my life! #ContikiAmbassador”

Next Contiki Trip: Israel & Jordan Uncovered

Looking for unique accommodations? Ask me about hotels, hostels and even some of Contiki’s special stays!

Lana Nguyen | Medford, MA

Instagram: @Laanuhh

“I have never gone on a group travel before, so I was a little skeptical coming on this trip at first. But Contiki had everything planned, which really helped a ton! They had a whole itinerary, along with accommodation, transportation, experiences and tons of meals already set! I literally just had to show up and have the time of my life. Truly grateful to have met such genuine, like-minded souls ☺ thanks for such a life-changing, memorable experience @Contiki…”

Next Contiki Trip: The Powder Rush

Love adventure travel? Ask me how you can join a group of us on a custom group trip for the active and adventurous!

Gabriella Miller | Lawrence, KS

Instagram: @gabrielladmiller

“Oh my Gaudí . I love Barcelona ? Thank you @Contiki for the tapas, flamenco show, and unlimited sangria ? #ContikiAmbassador

Next Contiki Trip: Berlin to Budapest

Have you ever thought about traveling solo? Ask me what it’s like to travel to Europe as a solo female! I promise it’s not as scary as you think, especially when you travel with Contiki!

Tim Hoang | Dallas, TX

Instagram: @storiesbytim

“Final summation of the whole @Contiki trip: absolutely incredible. Prior to this amazing experience, I would’ve never found myself to enjoy group travel with strangers as much as I did. I never expected to deeply bond with people so quickly and leave a trip with new friendships that’ll last lifetimes. If I could say one thing that I’ve been repeating so many times already – I wouldn’t have asked for my first trip to Europe to go any differently….”

Next Contiki Trip: European Discovery

First international trip? Ask me how Contiki is making it easier than ever for you to take your first big trip (like paying for your passport)!

Kyle Wilson | Kent, OH

Instagram: @totalllyykyle

“*slurps cappuccino* Woke up this morning feeling extra grateful for this amazing experience and the relationships that I’ve built while traveling through the Mediterranean. Keep an eye out for a blog post about group travel with @Contiki and my Italy video…”

Next Contiki Trip: Spain, Morocco & Portugal

Looking for a travel buddy? Contiki has you covered. Contiki pairs you with other like-minded 18-35 year olds, so you may embark solo, but you’ll return with new travel BFFs.

Parth Patel | Newport News, VA

Instagram: @_parthenaan

“Until further notice, assume that I’d always be in Italy ??! The City of Florence is an architectural masterpiece! All thanks to the Masters of Florence aka the Medici Family. Thank you @Contiki for touring me this marvelous city! You must visit this city if you haven’t already. I guarantee you will be in complete awe!…”

Next Contiki Trip: Peru Uncovered

Who will I be traveling with on my trip? Ask me about the awesome mix of people from all over the world who travel with Contiki!

Lindsey Randle | Bloomington, IN

Instagram: @Lindseyyrandle

“Fell in love with Barcelona yesterday @Contiki #ContikiAmbassador… I am kind of OBSESSED with Europe right now and I want to see everything. I am wanting to return to the places we went and see even more!…”

Next Contiki Trip: Ultimate European Plus Greek Island Hopping

What should I pack? Ask me how to pack for the ultimate European vacay with Contiki!

Emmanuel Lopez | Dallas, TX

Instagram: @itsemanlopez

“Having the time of my life in the French Riviera?! Contiki has really rolled out the red carpet for us! Our trip leader #ContikiMikael ? and driver #ContikiPaolo ?? are ?! Interested in learning how you can book this trip for yourself just let me know…”

Next Contiki Trip: Total Thailand

Want to know more about my Contiki Trip Manager? Ask me why having local knowledge from a trained Contiki Trip Manager took this trip from awesome to epic.

Archi Lora | Boston, MA

Instagram: @Archiibearr

“WOW that’s basically all I can say. Its day 3 of my #MedQuest with @Contiki and it’s been one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. I can’t believe I was so worried about coming here and meeting every one. But all I’ve been met with is kindness, love and the beginning of long lasting friendships

Next Contiki Trip: Asian Adventure

Nervous about traveling with a large group? Ask me about my experience traveling with 20 strangers and small group adventures Contiki has to offer.

Alicia Marazzani | Martinez, CA

Instagram: @Aliciarain.jpg

“The last supper with the @Contiki fam. Literally, the whole trip I’ve been talking about living in the city center with a beautiful rooftop (perhaps I’m easily amused haha) Tonight we are all eating dinner on the rooftop of my dreams with locals who live in the building. Thank you to Contiki and @eatwith for making this magical experience happen. #ContikiAmbassador

Next Contiki Trip: Eternal India

Looking for local travel experiences? Ask me about all the real, unique, and local activities Contiki offers on all of their trips!

Caroline Avery | Woodstock, GA

Instagram: @caroline.leaf

“I’m finally back in the states and already missing my whirlwind of a trip. We hit 5 different countries in a span of 10 days, and I met 20 strangers who have become lifelong friends. I came into this trip not knowing what to expect but @Contiki has exceeded every expectation I could have had. As this being the first time traveling alone I came into the trip very nervous, but Contiki helped me through every part of it. They had everything booked, so all I had to do was show up and have fun…”

Next Contiki Trip: Thai Island Hopper West

Are you in a Sorority or Fraternity? Ask me about how Contiki can book you and your sorority sisters or fraternity brothers on a custom Contiki trip just for YOU!

Jake Brian | Sarasota, FL

Instagram: @jakebrian

“Travel has been one of the craziest and life-changing experiences. There’s so much to be known and so much out there… New friends, and new places, and new experiences have all been absolutely amazing from this trip with @Contiki…”

Next Contiki Trip: Beaches and Reefs (with sailing)

Traveling abroad for the first time? Ask me what it’s like to finally take the leap and how travel can change your life too. Plus – Contiki will pay for your first passport!

Want to be next? Follow @Contiki and #ContikiAmbassador for updates from all of our Contiki USA Travel Ambassadors and watch (or be part of) their adventures!