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Evolution Travel Collective announces Wanderlust World Guide of the Year finalists

May 31, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Evolution Travel Collective (ETC) are very excited to announce their partners; Exodus Travels, TrekAmerica & Grand American Adventures both have finalists in the Wanderlust World Guide of the year awards for 2019. This comes after Dragomans’ Julie Gabbott, another partner in the ever expanding ETC portfolio, won the prestigious global award in 2018.

“We are very proud to partner with brands that have such outstanding guides working for them worldwide. The Wanderlust awards are known as the pre-eminent global awards for Tour guides so to have two finalists and a winner in our stable of partners makes us very proud to represent them to the industry here in Australia and New Zealand.” Pete Rawley, CEO & Founder of ETC said.

The two guides to have made the shortlist from more than 3000 entries are Exodus Travels – Johnny Villalobos from Costa Rica and TrekAmerica & Grand American Adventures leader Jay Burleson from the USA.

Johnny hails from a small village in Eastern Costa Rica and has a true passion for the natural world. He sees Costa Rica as a biologist’s dream. As well as conveying his love for the diverse wildlife and different eco-systems of his home country when leading his groups Johnny is heavily involved in working with rural students in areas from sea turtle nesting to discovering the unique Costa Rican rainforests.

Jay Burleson is all about discovering North America’s less known National Parks. He prides himself on ensuring a personal local touch to each tour to ensure clients expectations are always exceeded. He loves presenting something unique on every trip such as having a playlist inspired by stops along his Deep South Route with destinations such as Nashville, New Orleans and Birmingham for a great mix of Country, Blues, Jazz & Rock’n’ Roll or blindfolding people in the lead up to the Grand Canyon for the wow factor when they remove it and see what is before them.

Evolution Travel Collective wish both Jay & Johnny the best of luck in this year’s awards.

The Wanderlust World Guide Awards will announce their three top placed guides on the 2nd of October. If you want to read more about the incredible shortlisted guides click here:

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