I was in my early 20’s when I started working in the travel industry, right after I was a staff member at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games.
I was so thrilled to work in such a positive team environment, meeting athletes and delegates from around the world, inspiring me to travel to all these various countries.
So, I got a job at a major airline in Los Angeles. I used my exclusive travel benefits to go somewhere at least once a month.
Eventually, I moved on to work at a luxury south pacific tour operator and Australian regional airline. For several years I worked in the travel industry. Being a travel agent was not my original goal, even though I had done that job as well. I left the travel industry eventually and moved on to other things.
I still liked to travel and always found ways to continue my wanderlust. I even moved over to Europe a few times.
Fast forward to around 2015.
My daughter was attending University in Paris. I visited her often. It was there I started a travel blog. I branded it as “Travalerie”, travel + Valerie = Travalerie.
I had all these years of travel experience and web design skills to put the two together to start a travel blog.
I realized so much had changed since I last worked in the travel industry. The most significant change was having the ubiquitous internet available to anyone to make any kind of website. I was working in IT in the early 2000s and watching the evolvement take place in that space. I love technology. I love how it has shaped the way we do things for the better.
So I decided to jump into two things at once in 2018. I became an independent travel agent as well as a travel blogger. I attended both travel blogger and travel agent conferences. I saw how the travel industry was being shaped by this new influx of independent travel agents. That was something you couldn’t do by yourself back in the 1980s. But the new host-agency business model made it an easy way to be your own travel boss.
Two different worlds with not much of an intersection except through travel information writing. I wanted to combine both.
Then the pandemic hit in 2020. The travel industry as a whole was hit hard.
It gave me time to reflect.
This brings me to today in 2022. I decided to pivot and change my travel business to align with a topic that has been on my mind more and more. And that is what is happening to the world with Climate Change. It’s not something far away because it’s affecting us now. It will continue to accelerate in our lifetime. Many people think that there is nothing we can do. But I beg to differ. With what little time we do have on this planet, each one of us can contribute or do our part, no matter how little, to defray the damage that has been done to our collective environment globally.
We have gone to the extreme of over-tourism. There hasn’t been a place NOT visited on every corner of the earth. People have gone everywhere and will continue to do so.
I aim to mitigate (however small it might be) some of the impending changes by informing my readers on how they can travel sustainably and responsibly with the hope that they, in turn, can share that knowledge with others. Let’s be proactive to protect our natural resources and move forward to the future with this conscious purpose.
Valerie Delzer aka Travalerie