Emily’s thirst for adventure began at a young age while trekking the Himalayas on a family trip to Nepal. Visiting several continents during her youth, she was inspired to study abroad in college, so she went to Italy where she dedicated herself to the local cuisine and wine, along with traveling through Europe.
After college, Emily moved to San Diego to take a job in the finance industry. She quickly realized mutual funds did not animate her nearly the way travel did, so she ditched the numbers for something more exciting: a yearlong world expedition covering most of the southern hemisphere. Highlights included trekking the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, getting lost in the Namib Desert, whitewater rafting down the Zambezi River, tubing the Nam Song River in Laos and working at an onion factory in New Zealand before spending all her savings to buy a van and camp throughout the South Island.
After traveling to more than 40 countries, Emily knew her heart belonged to Africa. She moved to Tanzania and began working with an NGO educating vulnerable and orphaned children, with regular escapes to the bush to explore Tanzania’s world-class national parks. She also pioneered a 400-mile cross-country mountain bike ride for the charity. Emily later became general manager for a high-end safari and Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania.
After several years in East Africa with multiple requests from her family to move closer to home, Emily returned to the U.S. and landed in Colorado to work with Nat Hab. She is passionate about helping others fall in love with nature and wildlife through breathtaking travel experiences, and is thrilled to do so as an Adventure Specialist. When she isn’t sharing her love of travel with others, she can be found enjoying the outdoors, fumbling through a local run, testing local brews, or planning her next adventure. Africa still remains close to her heart, and she tries to get back for yearly visits.