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Sonja Holverson
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About me

I have had a diverse tourism background in Hawaii, California and Switzerland and have held positions with hotels, restaurants, tour operators, travel agencies, incentive travel companies, and cruise lines. I taught hospitality marketing at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and have published applied sciences hospitality research, travel industry professional articles and many travel articles for independent travel websites.

Based in Lausanne, I am currently freelancing in a variety of travel-related activities and am co-founder of, a travel community platform of excellent editor-curated content and discussions by members and credible authors as well as content creators who are promoting responsible attitudes to travel and who are respectful of other cultures.

Why did you join the community?

I've been in the travel industry my entire career and continue to advocate sustainable and ethical travel practices.

What is your favorite travel destination?

Usually the last place I've been to as each voyage becomes better and better as I grow as a traveller. It's the place where I feel the most positively connected to what is around me.

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Somewhere remote and still rich with traditional culture where I won't interfere too much. I was thinking of areas of Mongolia or places in Northern Scandinavia such as Svalbard.

What was your first travel job?

Tour guide in Hawaii

What do you want to learn more about?

Ways in which I can contribute to responsible travel and community based destination management organisations.

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Tolerance, knowledge, sharing


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