Venice City Host & Italy Destination Expert
Elisa did an excellent job for us! She was knowledgeable and very helpful. She stayed in touch and executed flawlessly. She went out of her way to ensure that we were well taken care of.
Elisa has always been in traveling and interacting with new people and cultures, and it shows in her background. She graduated from Venice with a Bachelor’s in English and Russian, and Master’s in International Relations, which helped her attend classes and attain internships in North Carolina, New York City, and Russia. Elisa spent four years as a flight attendant based in Dubai, which let her travel the world, and develop knowledge and experience with many aspects of travel, from hotels to tours to excursions, and what makes various places special. Her love for Italy called her back to Venice, and to JayWay Travel, which turned out to be an excellent fit, but she still spends her free time exploring new places and cuisines.
Why do you think it's important to travel?
To widen our horizons and perspective on life. To better understand other people. I believe cultural awareness (ours and others) is essential.
What's the best place you've ever visited and why?
This is the hardest question. The list is very long, but I would probably say Cuba. I was amazed by the atmosphere in La Habana, the colors, the history, and the general vibe. It felt like a jump back in time. So many things that we take for granted function in a completely different way there (internet connections, "supermarkets", public services...) It was extremely interesting to live the Cuban life for a few days. I loved the warmth of the people and the music; and the seafood and cocktails are to die for! The landscapes are amazing and the beaches have some of the clearest water I have ever seen.
What do you consider to be your best finds from your travels and where was it?
I try to get something very typical everywhere I go. One of my favorite things is an old tea set I found in a local market in Shanghai. I love tea and tea culture, so this was definitely a great find for me.
What was the most exotic dining or cultural experience you've had when traveling?
I had one of my most exotic experiences in Jordan. We camped in Wadi Rum Desert, in a traditional bedouin camp, and they made dinner for us the traditional way. The camel meat was cooked under the hot desert sand for a few hours and then served with other traditional dishes, such as local herbs, flat bread and hummus. Super yummy!
Best advice for travelers to Europe?
Explore cities by foot! Most European cities have pedestrian zones, and even when they don't, it is usually quite safe to walk around. This is definitely the best way to explore Europe and to discover the hidden corners of cities, like local shops and street food, that you would probably miss if driving around.