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Cristina Thompson
Destination Specialist | 2019

Originally from the Washington DC area, I began working at National Geographic Expeditions fresh out of university planning trips to Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. After studying up on New Zealand and selling outbound trips for three years, I decided to make the move to Auckland and join the Southern World team! My passion for travel began when I boarded the MV Explorer for Semester at Sea and explored destinations in Northern and Eastern Europe by ship. Since joining the travel industry, some of my favourite trips have been to Peru, South Africa, Vietnam, and now, New Zealand! I am known for taking any short holiday and turning it into a full blown adventure. I am extremely passionate about art, social change, sustainability, photography, and love hiking and kayaking. I’m thrilled for the coming months exploring all that New Zealand has to offer, and I hope I can help you make that a reality as well!