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I developed my passion for exploring the world and different cultures during a school exchange in Senegal. It taught me that we all have aspirations and can learn from one another, if we are open minded. Born in Germany, I travelled extensively through Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Dubai, Singapore and New Caledonia. After I graduated with a bachelor’s in International Tourism, I lived and worked in England, Germany, Australia, and now Canada. I enjoy my travels most when I get close to locals and learn directly from them about their culture. My most memorable experiences are swimming with whale sharks, hot air ballooning in the Australian Outback and skydiving in New Zealand. My bucket list is long, but at the top of the list is Bhutan – the only country in the world who measures the Gross National Happiness!

Fernanda Siller

I started travelling when I was young, and quickly developed a love for exploring, often daydreaming about adventure and travel. Experiencing so many different cultures made me want to know more about the world and its people, places, traditions and cultures. I began my career in the travel industry when I joined a luxury cruise line, eventually exploring six continents, 63 countries, and over 150 cities, always loving waking up in a different place each morning. My favourite part of my job is learning about our guests’ stories, their culture and their experiences. I've met amazing and inspiring people, everyone with a different, unique story. These people are the reason behind my love for travel. Travel unites us. It is the shared passion to see and explore the world.

Monica Kanez

I was born Zimbabwe and caught the travel bug at early age. Before coming to Canada to pursue my post secondary education, I had opportunities to travel in Ethiopia, South Africa, Zambia, Dubai, Hong Kong and Mainland China. After completing my degree I worked in the airline industry, which served as a bridge into the travel industry. One of the best things about working in travel is the network of connections you make with people and the knowledge you gain about cultures all over the world. When I choose a travel destination, it’s because I want to know more about the Earth, and all the beautiful people on it.

Tordes Schaefer - Charlton

My love of travel and discovering new places began when I was very young, with my parents regularly taking me abroad on family vacations. Later, as a teenager, if not off having adventures in foreign lands, I could be found reminiscing and daydreaming about travel and sharing my passion with others. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have set foot on all seven continents, to have visited over 75 countries worldwide and to have lived for extended periods in five remarkable destinations: Wales, France, Germany, Australia and Bali, Indonesia.

Now in my 19th year in the travel industry (9 of those with Indus), my passion is still there and having taken my own children out to discover the world - from snorkelling with sharks in Belize, fishing for piranha in the Amazon basin of Peru to watching orangutans in the wild in Borneo and climbing the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia: I hope that I have instilled a love of travel in them.

Helping people discover the pleasure of travel and watching them get bitten by the travel bug is what I enjoy most.

Azadeh Shahidi

I began my career in Cultural Tourism as a lecturer for European educational groups in the Middle East. I studied architecture and graphic design but found in tourism the ideal field to fulfill my love of history, art and people. I have lived on 3 different continents and traveled extensively in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas! I can speak English, French and Farsi fluently and can get by in German, Spanish and Arabic.
I am very passionate about the cultural diversities one finds while traveling and my greatest ambition is to keep on traveling. I want to see the great architecture, the flora and fauna, taste the good food, drink the exotic wines, dance to different beats and enjoy the exciting nightlife that our world has to offer. That’s why my favorite destination is South America, it encompasses all of that and more!

Claudia Nagels

Coming from a country as small as Belgium, travelling is in our genes. A day off? Let's drive to Paris or Amsterdam or even London, it's all so nearby! I have had the chance to travel through all the countries of Western, Northern and Southern Europe, and know the Old Continent like the back of my hand. In my opinion, travelling is not just about crossing another country off your bucket list, but it is about a cultural exchange and discovering the thousand wonders of Mother Nature. I started my career in the travel industry as a translator for a travel magazine back in Belgium where I discovered the pleasure of working in such a beautiful and dream-selling industry. These amazing three years I spent there allowed me to travel to Japan, Tanzania, the Caribbean, etc. Today, my goal is to share my passion for travel and help our guests making their travel dreams come true. As a French proverb says, Travelling makes you grow.

Ankur Sud

"Do what he must, he will always remain a traveler at heart". Somebody once said this about me. I didn’t know at the time how right they were as I have been on a lifelong journey to build connections between people, places and the environment. I have always had a passion for travel and exploration. Early on in my career I spent time exploring the Indian Himalayas as a Tour Leader however the thirst for learning about international travel trends has taken me to various corners of the world. Throughout my travels I have fostered my other great passion, photography. One of my most memorable travel moments was getting up close and personal with Komodo Dragons in Indonesia. I could have spent all day taking photos of these near-mythical creatures! Climbing an active volcano was a highlight of my time in Chile, less adrenaline inducing, but remarkable in its own way were the beaches and highlands of Cornwall, UK.

Diane Paras

I have always been fascinated by travel, and grew up watching shows that involve travel, especially the reality show “The Amazing Race”, which inspired me to discover unfamiliar people and cultures. Once the spark was ignited, I took courses in travel and tourism, and the rest is history. Travelling is what I’m passionate about, and in my role at Indus Travels I am very fortunate to be learning new things, which gets me excited for continued new experiences. 

Vaibhav Syal

I grew up in Jaipur, one of the most visited cities in India, so I was always surrounded by tourism. After college, I started my travel industry career leading special interest groups in North India. The tours that I put together became quite popular, so much so, that it led to royalty and celebrities taking my tours! My work in special interest tourism enabled me to develop travel programs geared to different travel sectors, such as youth tourism and lead to my working with international companies in 18 different countries. I have a love of travel, and the knowledge that travel is often a life changing experience helps me promote tours to our clients; whether private groups or individuals. My goal is to give our guests life changing experiences.

Rachel Pader

15 years ago I completed a tourism degree with a goal that I would show my mother the world as I had already been bitten by the travel bug. I learned that it is a priceless gift to create memories in different destinations. Some of my most memorable experiences are learning not to fall while surfing in Costa Rica, swimming with the sharks in Belize, walking on a pure white sand beach in the Philippines, swimming with dolphins in Jamaica, feeding kangaroos in Australia, visiting the Big Buddha in Hong Kong, enjoying the magical sites of Machu Picchu, and paragliding in Lima. The biggest bonuses in travel are recharging your batteries, leaving your worries at home, and returning to share your stories with family and friends. This has made me realise I love helping others create their own great travelling experiences.

Ven Dionisio

Growing up, I was lucky to have parents who knew the importance of travel, not just for leisure, but also as an opportunity to learn and grow as a person. I had my first real travel experience when I was seven years old when our entire family went to Hong Kong for a vacation. That was the start of almost three decades full of travel that has brought me to a total of 22 countries, spanning Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa. Although relatively new to the travel industry, I am excited to help share the gift of travel to as many people as I can. There is so much to see, experience and learn in this world and I believe that everyone deserves to see beyond their horizons. 

Irene Lee

I have been blessed with a life well travelled, thanks to my many years working in the travel industry as a customer service agent, trainer, and coordinator. My travel experiences were enhanced through informative tours, fascinating anecdotes and storytelling by experienced guides immersed in local cultures. Some of my favourite memories include watching the sunrise at Angkor Wat, greeting Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang, surfing at Kuta beach in Bali; sitting between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, chatting with a gondolier about life on the Venice canals; and sipping scotch at a distillery in the Scottish Highlands. I wish to share my passion for travel by helping to create lasting memories for my clients. My goal is to provide service excellence by extending extra care and attention in planning and preparing a traveller’s journey.

Kathleen Banas

My passion for travel is what drew me in to travel industry as a customer Service agent, and I now have 10 years’ experience in assisting clients on planning memorable vacations. I am blessed and fortunate enough to have travelled throughout Canada and to the United States, Mexico, Hong Kong, Philippines and the Caribbean. My priceless memories and milestones will be treasured for years to come, and my dedication is to ensure my clients experience the vacation of a lifetime.

Saeed Alizadeh

Growing up in a conservative environment in Iran made travelling a little more difficult for me; but it did not stop me. I started my travel journey with a trip to Russia where I discovered my love for exploring and world culture. My travel experiences have changed the way I perceive the world, and have inspired me to share my experiences with others. Back home in Iran, I found my dream job as a tour consultant and guiding private groups not only in Iran but also in Azerbaijan and Turkey. I have now found myself on a new adventure in Canada as a tour coordinator with Indus Travels.  I realized that travel brings wisdom, best said by Persian poet Saadi.

Hamida Khan

Travelling first showed up on my radar when I moved to British Columbia. My curiosity, and drive to explore this beautiful country kept growing, as there was so much to see, discover and learn. I graduated with a Diploma in Travel and Tourism from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and my career path began as a leisure travel agent and evolved into corporate travel consulting. I have developed relationships with clients from all walks of life. – I would take that sentence out as it’s a bit disjointed. I have had opportunities to travel to many destinations: seeing  (removed the word experiencing) the Patronas Towers in Kula Lumpur, the Marina Bay Sand Hotel in Singapore, and the Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong. I have had the opportunity to see the fascinating architecture of the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, drive through the Atlas Mountains and slept in the Berber Tent in the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Travelling has helped me gain a better understanding of culture, tradition and ethnicity. I delight in relaying my experiences to my clients, and helping to make their travel experiences memorable. 

Santosh Kamath

Travel to me is the eternal satisfaction that drew me to this industry 25 years ago. Since then, my life has been dedicated to providing my clients with blissful travel experiences. I worked in Dubai for 12 years, a very multi-cultural environment, and saw how the travel industry was changing and adapting to new technologies.  Heading the operations department at Indus Travels; ensuring that schedules are in place and itineraries carefully crafted makes my role in the company often feel like that of a conductor of a grand orchestra.

Kimaya Kharde

Growing up in India, family holidays were always my favourite traditions, as they helped me realize my passion for travel. Trekking the globe and train journeys are some of my most memorable travel moments. I really never could give up travelling, as I covered Scotland on an epic eight-day road trip even when I was completing my master’s degree. After visiting some of the most incredible places on earth like Dubai, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Maldives, and Costa Rica, I am currently exploring Canada, and working in the travel industry here just continues to expand my bucket list.  

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