As co-founder of AFAR, Joe passionately believes that experiential travel is the best form of education and the more people embrace travel with an open-mind, the better our world will be.
Joe is an accomplished speaker and frequently lends his expertise on a variety of topics, including the power of experiential travel, travel trends, startups, growing a company, innovation through digital media, and more. In addition, he regularly appears on shows, such as TODAY, CNN International, Good Morning America, CBS News “Up to the Minute,” as well as Wake Up With Al to comment on trends and breaking news within the travel and tourism industry. Joe is also a moderator for AFAR Conversations, a unique series of conversations that brings leaders in various fields together for discussions on ideas and topics that can have a positive impact on our world.
He hosted AFAR Matters at PURE Life Experiences and has spoken at a variety of prestigious conferences and events, including: the Travel Leaders National Sales Summit, the Moleskine Salon, Young Travel Professionals, Leading Hotels of the World Global Summit, Tourism Australia National Summit, Charleston Area CVB Annual Meeting, and NYTravFest, Joe has also participated in numerous panel conversations, such as: the NYU Publishing Summit, and Social Media Week.
He is a graduate of Duke University and holds a BA in History, as well as a MA in Education from Arizona State.
Favorite place to stay when traveling:
Hotels with taste and a sense of place where I have a personal connection with the staff.
MUST have travel item:
Anti-bacterial hand gel
Biggest extravagance or vice:
Last minute long weekends to the Rockies.
Who in your industry inspires you:
Eric Weihenmayer….In 2001 he became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest and in 2015 he kayaked solo down the rapids of the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River. Now he leads the nonprofit organization No Barriers helping to change lives through travel!
5th grade teacher with Teach for America.