Group tours have gone out of style. The phrase “group tour” reminds many of an old lady with an umbrella, 50-seat passenger buses and trips around Europe. But, in truth, group tours may become a truly exciting experience of discovering the world and expanding your own personal boundaries in a friendly and supportive environment.

As part of my series about “developments in the travel industry over the next five years”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Olga Bortnikova.

Olga Bortnikova is the CEO and co-founder of YouTravel.me. YouTravel.Me is an algorithm-powered online marketplace for booking multi-day small group adventure tours…


“Nothing changes if nothing changes.” It’s as simple as that. If you don’t take any initiative to create change, nothing new will come. This has helped me grow and scale my business. There are times I get into the rhythm of doing the same thing every day but without seeing any growth. Instead of getting frustrated with this like I did when I first started out, I think about what small alternation I can make that will spark an even bigger change. This isn’t just with business but also in my personal life as well. …


Companies need to pursue diversity in earnest and make it part of their everyday company culture to create and foster opportunities for under-represented groups including women. Entrepreneurship should not be the only path to leadership in cannabis or any other industry; we shouldn’t lose sight of also being represented in the established board rooms and making an impact in those spaces traditionally controlled by white men.

As a part of my series about strong women leaders in the cannabis industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Vanessa Gabriel.

Vanessa Gabriel is the CEO and co-founder of Drop Delivery, the cannabis…


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Listen to your gut. When I was looking for marketing companies, I narrowed my choices down to 3, but one of them just felt “off”. The founder of one of the marketing companies was in a similar space, and though working together could’ve been beneficial, something in my gut was nagging at me. I brought this up to my business coach and he told me to always listen to my gut. Sometimes we know something is wrong intuitively. I chose to listen to mine.

As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry…


…Greater use of technology and automation. I think companies will really begin to scrutinize their travel costs and to better ensure every trip their employees take is efficient. This will lead to more companies looking for managed travel solutions.

As part of my series about “developments in the travel industry over the next five years”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Elia Wallen.

Elia Wallen is the founder and CEO of Hotel Engine, a Denver-based, fast growing travel tech company focused on one goal — to simplify the business lodging process.

Founded in 2015, Hotel Engine is an exclusive hotel…


I followed my mentor’s advice and I spent the next decade perfecting what we do — marketing to those who DID know what matchmaking is, while waiting for those who didn’t to catch up. It worked! Dating apps got people to be proactive with their love lives while simultaneously proving how difficult it is to find the needle in the haystack. It brought about the importance and time saving advantages of someone else screening out all the “riff raff” for you.

As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the…


“Challenges render strength” — this came to me from my great grandmother, Gagi, who lived to be 99 years old. She and I were always very close. She was an incredibly inspiring woman who showed me that every challenge I face gives me the opportunity to grow and to be a stronger woman for both myself and for my family. She would say, “you can let the challenge run you over, or you can figure out a way to run over the challenge.” Throughout my life, I have faced many challenges, especially on this Base Culture journey. There are days…


…There’s this idea of the conscious traveler. Since the pandemic, people are more conscious of the environment, health and safety protocols, and the benefits of local-everything. So, there’s a real need for sustainable solutions and technology innovation in areas like contactless interaction across the whole travel experience. There’s also a marketing and brand element to this — customers need to trust that yours is a company it’s safe and secure to travel with.

As part of our series about “The Future Of Air Travel”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Weiss, MD and global industry lead, Travel at Accenture.


If I could inspire a movement it would be “Celebrating All Cultures”. Oftentimes people of color are tolerated but never celebrated. If we all learned how to respect everyone’s differences and appreciate all cultures then I think the world would be a much better place.

As a part of our series about how technology will be changing the beauty industry over the next five years, I had the pleasure of interviewing Samara Walker

Samara Walker is a creative at heart who recognized that the products and services of the beauty industry did not fulfill the needs of people of all…


TAKE UP SPACE and MOVE! Just start doing anything- it’s better than doing nothing. Even if it is just a walk around the block or dancing to your favorite song- remember that it’s OK to make mistakes, to have fun and laugh at yourself- not to be great at whatever it is you try, and not perfect! The figures are still shocking in terms of people who don’t exercise or realize its importance. Exercise truly saves your life- so just start!

As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Hilken Mancini.

Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.

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