October 31, 2023
Ioanna Yiasemi brings outdoor travel expertise to Origin team
With 10 years of experience in the travel industry and a focus on active adventure travel, Ioanna joins Origin to bring new enthusiasm and knowledge to the travel team. Her background in the outdoors-travel industry broadens our team’s knowledge as we expand in new travel styles. Ioanna also comes from a background in mathematics and has a passion for technology and data, something that makes for a great fit with Origin’s mission.
Ioanna bikes through the Col du Galibier in the French Alps
“I am so excited to join a tech-first travel company. There is nothing more invigorating than harnessing the power of technology to do more of what we love, and to do what we love better! Moreover, I am thrilled to be part of a team of such smart, talented, and dedicated individuals and to help shape the future of travel.”
Ioanna comes in with a remarkable wealth of insider knowledge and expertise of select regions where she’s traveled extensively and even called home. Italy’s winding streets of Tuscany, the wine regions of France, and the beautiful Coast of Barcelona are only some of the locations that she knows like the back of her hand.
In her early 20s, she biked all over the world while working as a cycling tour guide, following her passion to see as much of the world as possible.
“I love traveling by bicycle, for me it is equivalent to slowing down to see the world. But no matter what the mode of travel, most importantly, I love the local connections that I establish during my travels, learning the local language, and everything about the cuisine and wine!”
The coast of Cyprus is a scenic spot for a ride
In her travel career, Ioanna has worked for luxury outdoor travel companies, managing trips all over Europe.
“Luxury is central to the trips I design but beyond luxury, what really brings a trip together is hospitality. To be welcomed in a faraway country, like a long-lost family member, is a feeling and a sentiment that cannot be topped. It creates gratitude and love for humanity and it’s one of the reasons why I love planning expertly designed trips.”
Familial hospitality preparing a meal in Greece
When asked what it is about that travel that makes it such a special experience, Ioanna replied: