I’m Julia Slatcher. Experiencing other cultures and lands has always been an essential part of my life. I believe that travel leads to greater empathy and a kinder world, but also that it enriches one’s own life immeasurably. In my previous career in international public health, I arranged (and went on) over 20 customized trips for over 100 VIPs, including Members of Congress and their staff, professional colleagues, philanthropists, members of the media and government officials to Central and South America, Africa and China. I am passionate about travel planning and want to help others get the very most out of their traveling.
On a personal level, my first trip overseas – six weeks in England and Ireland when I was eight – made a big impression on me. Since then, I’ve been to over 60 countries. When I was 13, I lived in France for a year with a French family. In high school, I spent summers doing community service in Dominica (West Indies) and Ecuador. In college, I returned to Ecuador to strengthen my Spanish, living with a family in Quito for a semester. My husband, Rich, our kids and I have criss-crossed the United States several times and lived and traveled overseas on multiple occasions. Best of all, we were able to spend a year living in Switzerland, due to my husband’s sabbatical. After living in many different parts in the U.S., I now live in Athens, Georgia, with my husband and two teenage sons.