Travel changes people for the better.
Stepping outside our comfort zone challenges us. Exploring pushes us beyond our limitations. Interacting with people who look, think, and act differently than ourselves helps us see beyond our biases. When we travel, we become more empathetic, patient, and visionary. And this is what the world needs—what individuals and institutions need.
The data is clear on the top roadblocks to transformational travel: cost, time, and planning.
We figured we could solve the problem if we focused on one common thread: the employer. Through Dónde, companies offer travel as a benefit. They offset the cost, empower their employees to take time away, and grant access to Dónde, which simplifies saving, planning, and booking travel.
This pushes more people out of the office and transforms how they show up in the office. We unlock the power of travel for an individual and their employers: better people, better companies, better world.
Rilee is a competitive, problem-solving achiever who somehow convinces others to join the fray. Her first time abroad was to India, and it was incredible. Sure, she spent the first two days inside with culture shock surviving on chips and Diet Coke. But working there changed her, and she left knowing her heart belonged everywhere else but home. She has spent the most time in Jordan and dreams of driving the desert highway to Wadi Rum, windows down, listening to the Eagles.
Rilee has a Sociology MS, traveled the world evaluating nonprofits, and spent most of her career as a project manager. She’s married to her co-founder, Tommy, and mom to sparkly Blue.
Tom and his wife Bonnie work to travel, they are always prepping for their next adventure. Tom has been building software platforms to support businesses for over 20 years across a range of industries including, finance, human resources, insurance and travel.
He doesn't have a favorite, but he has been to Mexico more times than he can remember. Top memories - Venice, Italy, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Lake Garda, Italy.
Tom has a B.S. in Computer Science from Southern Utah University and his M.B.A, from Westminster College.
Some of Tommy’s favorite places are right here in Utah’s backyard. He loves exploring the canyons of Grand Staircase National Park, fly fishing in the Uintas, or paddle boarding the lakes and rivers in Ogden Valley. While he loves Utah, getting away with his wife and exploring new places and cultures is one of the most fulfilling things he’s done.
He’s spent his career crafting design, digital experiences, campaigns, and videos for companies big and small.
A college job throwing bags for Delta—and the flight benefits that came with it—inspired in Mike a zeal for travel. Visiting family in Porvoo, city running in Paris, getting tattooed in Bangkok, or being bitten by an eel while snorkeling in Honolulu; if there’s good food and a cocktail, he and his wife, Liz, are up for anything.
Mike's art scholarship and a penchant for puzzles and problem solving evolved into a career in design. As the self-described most-competitive-Dónde-teammate (sorry, Rilee), he strives for proficiency in all aspects of design he faces.
Quality and frequent travel is a novel concept to Shan, someone who was raised in a family with limited means. But bold, meaningful travel in recent years has been transformative in his life and his marriage to his foxy wife, Heather.
He wants to leverage Dónde to share his nascent love with others who are brimming with desire to explore the world. His contribution to this cause takes the form of scrupulously sculpted UI/UX code.
His specialized skills in front end development, design, and charisma have pushed him to the forefront of his craft.
Jessie was first introduced to travel while studying in Vienna. That summer, she worked with the IAEA, which solidified her desire to work with people who are making decisions that affect other’s lives in a positive way. Since then, she has traveled to more than 70 countries gaining invaluable perspective, patience, and appreciation for the beauty and wonder the world has to offer! Before Dónde, Jessie spent more than a decade designing experiential education & adventure programming around the world for students and has seen first hand the transformational power of being exposed to new cultures, foods, languages, and points of view.
Dave discovered a deep level of compassion and curiosity while living in some of the world’s most off-the-beaten-path places. Whether it’s commutes by long boat in Luang Prabang, BBQs with Korean elders in Ulsan, motorcycle rides in Kathmandu, failed attempts at learning the Thai language in Chiang Mai, and homestays with local families in Ha Giang and Rome; he lives for experiences that are immersive, challenging, and unique.
His passion for building meaningful relationships, travel, and making an impact motivates him to drive growth at companies, helping people make the most of their life outside of work.
Traveling is a lifestyle. From sailing across the North Sea, to horseback riding around Europe, every experience impacts the way she sees the world. Despite having lived amidst many amazing landscapes and landmarks — notably India and Argentina — Maria was often fascinated by the people themselves and their unique cultures above all else. She quickly realized that meeting diverse communities, hearing their stories, understanding them, and connecting with them on a deep level is something she is truly passionate about. Through her analytical approach — based on her consulting experience, marketing experience, and knowledge of psychology — Maria was able to forge her role as a User Engagement Specialist at Dónde.
Tucker grew up taking road trips all over Utah; visiting National and State Parks, experiencing and exploring the landscape around his home. As he got older, he started adventuring outside of Utah to see stunning scenery across the globe.
His first taste of software came when he spearheaded the development and success of a one-stop shop website builder and marketing SAAS product. After expanding his skills, he went on to become the product manager of a marketing and sales content platform.
His love for travel and adventure, coupled with his professional passion for product, made Dónde the perfect fit.
Kirsten’s wanderlust lead her to study abroad in Finland, work as a ski resort lifty in New Zealand, guide whale watching on San Juan Island, and embark on a memorable adventure, hitchhiking from Fiji by sailboat. These experiences were transformative, and she has since found joy in helping her family and friends travel — both near and far — by being their designated trip planner.
Her passion for adventure, coupled with her background in education and account management, made Kirsten the perfect fit at Dónde as the Customer Success Manager.
Rich and his spouse have an unspoken competition on whose visited-country-list is longer. This feud grew out of a love of experiencing new people, places, and foods. There has certainly been some bumps in their travels. They once missed a flight in Cusco, Peru, resulting in a seven hour car adventure that heavily relied on the kindness of strangers. But the highs have brought cherished memories, and continue to fuel their passion for adventure.
Rich has a MAcc from Brigham Young University. He previously worked in public accounting and managed accounting teams for private companies.
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