Michele McIntosh
Capilano University
Michele McIntosh
Three words to describe me:
Authentic, explorer, but not spontaneous.
Why I chose to study travel and tourism:
I love languages, and thought travel would be a good fit (especially after completing a language proficiency in Mandarin). Also, it’s the best way to see more of the world, while working at the same time.
My greatest professional strength:
Adaptability and I’m a quick learner.
Most exciting travel trend:
Ecotourism. Being conscious of overtourism is super important, and I’m happy to see so many travellers becoming cognizant of this, as well as destinations supporting green initiatives.
One thing I can’t travel without:
Is my passport too obvious? But, in all seriousness, I’ve got this great travel backpack that goes with my everywhere; it hasn’t let me down yet!
My favourite travel experience:
Would have to be my Contiki trip to China! I met some amazing people and saw the beautiful history and architecture of the country. I couldn’t have asked for a better first solo trip!
On my next trip:
I’d really like to head to Israel, now that I know more about it after my BSAP presentation. I’d really like to see the Wall of Jerusalem and everything that Israel’s DMO has worked to showcase. I love learning about a country’s history; it’s such a huge part of culture and understanding those who live there.
My greatest achievement (so far):
Becoming a Baxter Student Ambassador is definitely up there! Also, winning the Vancouver Tourism Student Award last fall.
Best travel advice I’ve received:
Life is short, and money will find its way back to you. So go out and explore, experience, and travel as much as you can.