Lorena is a specialist in leading Insight Vacations tours in Italy, her home country. “While I love exploring new destinations, my heart remains in Italy,” she tells us. “It can be both easy and challenging to lead tours in my own country, given its unique qualities and characteristics, but that’s what makes it exciting!”
“Working as a Travel Director has given me strength and confidence. When I started, I was young and very shy. The first time I led a group I barely looked at anyone! Now I’m the complete opposite. Through travel I have become braver in facing any kind of situation. I have the confidence to speak up, for example, if I have some rights which I feel are not respected.”
“Travel has helped me to break down traditional barriers. When I started 25 years ago there were a lot of restrictions for females in Italy in regular life. That’s why I chose the job, as a female Travel Director I get freedom. I love meeting people and learning about other cultures, and there is so much to see in this world.
“As an example of how brave I have become, in 2018 I founded an international charity to help children in Africa,” Lorena tells us. Smiling children Italia is a non-profit organization, supporting children in Kenya through schooling and education. “It is amazing to bring an idea to life like this. And if I look back to how I was when I was young, I would never done it.”
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