Countries Traveled to: 26
Favorite Quote: “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport” and “Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”
Travel Style of Choice: Self-Drive Tour.
Favorite Hobby: Skiing, Traveling, and Cheering for Gonzaga basketball.
Part of what makes Tenon so great is our one-on-one mentality and desire to get to know our clients. We thought it was about time to return the favor and let you get to know us! Taryn, a Senior Account Manager, has been with us since 2008. Below she answered some questions about herself and her journey in the travel business!
List all the places you have traveled!
Austria, Bermuda, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Wales.
What problems do you consistently solve for your clients?
I usually help them solve logistics of itinerary planning. Not to toot my own horn…, okay I’m tooting. I probably know more and have traveled to more remote corners of Ireland than many Irish people have. After traveling to Ireland almost 40 times and living in Northern Ireland for almost a year, many of my friends say I’m more Irish than American. So, my knowledge and expertise of the countries we sell-especially Ireland-helps put my clients at ease.
If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?
This is hard one for me! I read 1,001 Places to See Before You Die every night before I go to bed and add a destination to my bucket list every week. I went to Beijing in May of 2017 and ran the Great Wall of China Marathon! However, one of my pipe dreams it to travel to Africa and summit Mount Kilimanjaro-only to be followed by 26.2 miles of the Kilimanjaro Marathon.
It’s no secret you are quite the active adventurer when you travel. On your most recent trip to Iceland, what activity was your absolute favorite?
That is a difficult one for me to answer. I did so many fun things in Iceland. I love skiing so taking a few carves downhill at Hlíðarfjall was amazing. However, probably snorkeling through the Silfra in Þingvellir National Park (In February nonetheless.), was the most memorable. The Silfra is where you float between the two continental plates. To touch the Eurasian and North American Continent while swimming at the same time, was very special. It was an incredible experience-not to mention the astonishing clarity and the mesmerizing colors of the underwater world were a sight to behold. It was pretty surreal!
Taryn, on top of her Tenon Tours duty, is the President of the Irish Life Experience. We asked her to give a little bit more detail about the program.
The Irish Life Experience/Irish Way is a summer study abroad program in Ireland offered to both American and Canadian College and High School students. It was a vision of Princess Grace of Monaco and was the first program of its kind. Born in 1976, this unique cultural experience has educated over 4,000 students to this day.
Students are introduced to Ireland’s magical landscape and rich heritage through a variety of workshops, classes, and tours. Emphasizing culture, education, travel, safety, and fun, the Program insures a unique and unforgettable journey for every student. Find out more about the ILE HERE!
For the ILE, what would you say is one aspect of Ireland most of the kids are surprised by?
There are so many aspects the students are surprised with during the program. I guess a lot of students learn how quickly they can adapt to new surroundings, survive without their iPhones and the comforts of home, and make life long friends in such a short duration of time. I think they are all blown away by how much they fall in love with not only Ireland, but with traveling in general. Every year I’m taken back, because alumni return to Ireland or other corners of the world to suffice their hunger for studying abroad even more. They discover a true passion. It’s nice knowing that you had a little part of helping them get bit by the travel bug, even though I swear I’m not infectious.
Read more about what Taryn’s clients have to say about her at our Traveler’s Stories HERE!