Agustin is a born-and-bred Buenos Aires native, and the city never ceases to captivate him with its enchanting allure and countless hidden spots.
He graduated with a degree in Tourism & Hotel Management, and also studied to become a chef for a year – although ultimately found his place as an enthusiastic amateur! The idea of flying has always held a special place in Agustin's heart too, and not just around the world – he's actually been training as a trapezist for the past few years.
Hiking to a hidden waterfall in Patagonia
What sparked your passion for travel and how did it become your career?
My grandmother was actually the first female manager at Aerolineas Argentinas, the flagship airline of Argentina. She worked there throughout the 70s, and then ran her own travel agency for another three decades. My initial fascination with the world of travel began from watching her collection of traditional dolls expand, each representing a new destination she’d explored. It didn't take long for me to realize that I also wanted to visit all those places and connect with new people.
In my first year of college, I got the chance to be part of an exchange programme. I lived in Catalonia, Spain, for a semester, and completed an internship at a 5 star hotel chain. That experience boosted my passion for this industry and gave me clarity – I knew traveling had to become my lifestyle.
How many countries have you visited? What were your top 3 and why?
By the end of this year, I'll be close to hitting my 20 visited countries milestone when I land in Morocco for a 10-day trip designed by Origin! But right now, these are my top three destinations that hold a special place in my heart:
Colombia: I love strolling through the historic walled city of Cartagena, and diving to the depths of the Seaflower Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean Sea.
Ireland: The sheer beauty of the Irish countryside is awe-inspiring, and the cliffs of Moher are home to probably the most breathtaking landscapes I've ever seen.
Spain: The mouthwatering cuisine, the warm-hearted locals and the sun-kissed weather means it's the only place I've ever found that I can call my second home.
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
My favorite Cala in Costa Brava, Spain
What’s the place you most want to visit that you haven’t been to yet?
Oceania has been on my list forever, and will hopefully soon be in my itinerary. Driving around the Great Ocean Road in Australia and visiting some of the national parks while in New Zealand sounds like the perfect trip to me.
Why is it important for travel to make a positive impact?
As traveling becomes a pillar in more and more people’s lives, creating a positive impact is not just a matter of choice, it's an ethical and responsible approach that benefits travelers, destinations, and the industry as a whole. Travel is a powerful force, capable of fostering cultural understanding, economic growth, and environmental preservation.
How can you promote positive change when traveling?
Promoting positive change while traveling involves embracing responsible tourism practices: supporting local businesses, respecting local customs and cultures, and minimizing our environmental impact. Engage with the community, learn from their experiences, and leave a positive footprint by contributing to local initiatives. Our travel choices can make a meaningful difference, one destination at a time.
What’s the most surreal travel experience you’ve had?
Overnight, I planned a solo trip to the South of France, most specifically to Collioure, a small town with nearly 2500 inhabitants. I wanted to witness the spot that inspired one of my favorite Henri Matisse paintings.
The scenery is a well-kept secret gem. Packed with vibrant, colorful, historical architecture,Collioure’s motto is ‘couleur comme absolu’ (Color as absolute), and people even claim it’s the place that ‘cured’ Matisse’s depression.
My own postal picture from Collioure, France
Which was the most memorable property you've ever stayed at? Why?
Earlier this year, I was invited to visit Eleven – Rio Palena Lodge in Chile Patagonia. With a completely remote location and only seven guest suites surrounded by the Andes, they were able to create a tailor-made unforgettable stay – including a helicopter ride to a high mountain glacier and the craziest whitewater rafting experience.
Inside Eleven’s Rio Palena Lodge
Kayaking in Chile
What item can you not travel without?
As cliche as it might sound, my phone – and to be more precise, Google Maps. I have a collection of tags with’ to-be-visited’ spots, restaurants, museums and more that I need to have with me!
Pick one of your favorite photos from your travels and explain why.
This was taken by my sister with her analog camera on one of our trips together. Everytime I see this photo, I remember contemplating the quiet Caribbean Sea and thinking how blessed I was to be there. To this day, even when going on a short road trip, I feel so incredibly lucky.