There's no question that travel has changed. We all have questions about what might be ahead and while no one has the exact answers, there is inspiration to be found. We have asked travel experts Luis and Joann Vargas, the founders of MODERN ADVENTURE, to share their insights on the state of travel and what continues to keep them inspired.
"Fundamentally, we believe that no matter how long or hard the road ahead is, the future will once again be bright. This means grounding ourselves in the essential truth that this, too, shall pass. You can count on us to continue to celebrate the people and places that inspire us, to share our love with our community around the world, and to be a source of light. We are here to help you dream about your next adventure because while it may not be as soon as you would like, there is a magical one coming."
Join us and escape for an hour with a conversation about travels to come.
CEO & FOUNDER, MODERN ADVENTURE
My purpose is to inspire and enable others to have transformative experiences, with the knowledge that travel can be a force for good. I believe that there is an explorer in each of us and that adventure and discovery are essential elements of the human experience. We are living in extraordinary times. Never before have meaningful experiences been more important or accessible.
After college, having studied Marine Biology, and becoming a dive instructor, I realized a profound passion for sharing the world with others. Seeing firsthand the impact and joy these moments provided, I knew, early on, I had found my life's work. I spent the next decade guiding and handcrafting, adventures for others around the world.
Now, I've spent 20 years working globally in the digital, start-up and experiential travel space helping iconic brands like Disney, REI, Backroads, and The Clymb, both build and scale, meaningful experience-based businesses.
Today, I'm the CEO and Founder of MODERN ADVENTURE which exists to distill the beating heart of a brand into extraordinary content and travel experiences.
I have been an active participant on Non-Profit and Start-Up boards, having served on the boards of Sustainable Travel International, Young Travel Professionals, and the Adventure Cycling Association. I currently serve as the Strategic Advisor and Board Member to the Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA), and frequently speak at flagship events around the world.
In 2017, I presented a TEDxPortland talk about the transformative power of travel and investing in experiences, instead of more stuff that has over 1.5M views. I also serve as Board Member, Investor, and Advisor to early and growth-stage travel startups.
I deeply value community, and actively invest time, and resources, in those that have the power or potential, to inspire, convene, and be catalysts for progress and change.
CHIEF EXPERIENCE OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER, MODERN ADVENTURE
Jo runs the teams that create and operates all of of Modern Adventure's experiences around the world as well as their customer service and account management teams. The personal care and attention she brings to everything she does is the cornerstone of the quality of MO/AD experiences. She is always raising the bar, bringing her best, and demanding it from others.