Gennady Podolsky

Cues and Views

Envisioning and designing what’s next in travel, Gennady Podolsky, in brief.

Gennady Podolsky

Home: San Juan, PR.  A digital nomad at large.  Age: 48.  Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine. Profession: Travel agent.  Organization: WikiMiles. Travel agent at large.  Pronouns: He/Him/His.  Languages spoken: English, Ukrainian, Russian, French, Spanish.

Current project: Finding hidden travel gems.  Hobbies: Global travel.  Recent travel or adventure: Croatia, Western Romania.  Best advice related to your profession: Stay curious, don’t be afraid to live like the locals, and travel light!

Personality profile: Quiet, thinking, listener, fair, empathetic, curious, private.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Reliable.  Moral compass: Treat others like you want to be treated.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Mutual understanding, respect and interest.  What is your greatest joy? The small things in life.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Chaplain.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Travel, of course.  An occupational hazard, I suppose.  What is at the top of your bucket list? The Arctic, which is my next trip.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Get out of your bubble, experience new sides of you.

What was your first paying job? Textbook publishing.  What was your favorite college course? Philosophy.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Not a physical toy, as I could always imagine one to play with in my head.  People thought it was strange.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My aunt.  She was great at math, piano and logic.  A Renaissance woman.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Integrating and understanding how technology can positively affect travel.

What change would you like to see in the world? People traveling for themselves instead of seeking the perfect photo.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Savor the moment.

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