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Olivia Vataselu

Romania Destination Manager & Trip Planner
Olivia was very attentive and patient. She greeted us with the phone and other goodies and answered all of our questions. She organized the meet-and-greet and was so interested in all of us Olivia was top-notch!
Carolyn, Texas
After getting a Master's degree in marketing, Olivia put her love of travel to work, becoming the co-owner of a company providing guided tours and day trips in Romania. In fact, that's how we met her. Impressed by her professionalism and knowledge, we hired her, and you'll see why we're glad we did. Olivia likes to discover new cultures, and is fond of photography.

What's your favorite thing about traveling?
The memories! At the end of the day, putting aside all the material things, it's the memories that give you the most satisfaction and define who you are.

What's the best place you've ever visited and why?
The Cambodian temples Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Phrom. I'm usually 50-50% when it comes to nature versus city, but the wilderness of this place had something more to it. Even though it was pretty remote, I always felt safe due to the kindness of the locals. This feeling, combined with the tropical environment and the mysterious charm of the temples, created a very interesting and relaxing mood.

How do you manage with pre-trip stress/anxiety and/or unexpected situations during your travels?

I don't have pre-trip anxiety because I simply love to travel (it's a positive thing for me). As for unexpected situations, I think I can handle them pretty well. I'm the type of person who acts swiftly to solve the problem so that i don't have too much time to complain to myself about.

What were your reasons for choosing to work in travel? And what value do you see in it?
After a few years in a corporate environment, which was good for my calculated and organized side, I felt the need for a more social workplace. While remaining in the marketing field, I switched to a job that also involved organizing conferences and other events. Since I handled the logistics part pretty well, I soon had new ideas: why simply help people meet for business, when I can help them travel for pleasure? People who go on vacation have a more relaxed mindset, and this is why I started working in tourism.
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