“Travel for me is about human interaction, a gentle walk through the past as centuries old history balance with experiencing the authentic cultural reality of the locals.”
– Guest blogger Antimo Cimino
Those of us who start exploring life in other countries often end up falling in love with cultural differences and forever become infected with the travel bug. My name is Antimo Cimino, a MAIR graduate from 2006, six-time SIIC participant, and former employee of ICI. I started traveling in 1989 at the age of 16 from Italy to France and have never stopped since. I am sure many of you can relate.
A class in intercultural communication at Portland State University opened the door to the world of Intercultural for me, and from then on life has brought me closer and closer to my dream. After spending eight plus years working for a global leadership development company doing work with top Fortune 500 companies and their C-suite leaders, I felt the need to build my own company and take full advantage of my skills and express my passion for what I do each and every day.
I am proud of having been able to transform the experience of travel for many of my clients and hope to continue to do so for the rest of my life. Watching the moment the traveler expresses their gratitude to the locals for the warm welcome, whether they are in Italy, Hungary, Croatia, or Brazil, has been deeply rewarding. The joy, gratitude, happiness, and tears that I often witness expressed in that moment, are a confirmation that what I am doing is worthwhile.
Travel for me is not just an esoteric experience meant to distract a person from their routine and break away to go relax on a sunny beach or enjoy the food at the buffet of a cruise ship. Travel for me is about human interaction, a gentle walk through the past as centuries old history balance with experiencing the authentic cultural reality of the locals.
When I bring travelers who can afford to cross an ocean and spend two to three weeks in a different country, I am also creating intercultural experiences for those not so fortunate locals who will never afford to travel out of their villages or countries. I call it the reversed vicarious travel experience through travelers who bring cultural differences to the homes of locals around the world.
So you now see how an intercultural education has helped me fuel my passion and crown my dream.
The videos below will give you a brief glimpse into my passion and I hope you can follow me to spread it across the globe.
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