Our first two Dream Travel Job finalists Ryan and Asha (or “Rasha” as they’ve come to be known as in the Viator office) have experienced an adventure of a lifetime! For 60 days they traveled and filmed in Europe’s top travel destinations.
As they were traveling, Ryan and Asha filmed hundreds of hours of footage, which includes dozens of Viator tours plus some fun behind-the-scenes moments. Stay tuned for more tour video updates in the coming months, and in the meantime check out a recap of some of the adventures they captured on their iPad!
NOTE: Our second Dream Travel Job team, Jules and Brock, traveled around North America. Check out updates from our Dream Travel Job project including insider guides for each destination our teams visit, updates about team 2, and videos, photos and travel advice from their adventures.
Watch as Ryan & Asha’s Unforgettable Journey Unfolds…
Meet Team Europe: Ryan & Asha
Ryan Van Duzer and Asha Mevlana are both film and travel enthusiasts. They’ve traveled extensively and are experts both in front of and behind the camera! They entered our Dream Travel Job contest both as a team and individually (each submitting multiple videos). They won us over with their extensive skills, bubbly personalities, and eagerness to hit the ground running.
Fun Facts about Ryan:
– Served as a PeaceCorps volunteer in Honduras working in youth development.
– Has ridden his bike across America twice, down both the East and West coast and from Honduras to Colorado…
– Has never owned a car!
– Survived in the jungles of Venezuela as a participant on Discovery’s “Out of the Wild Venezuela.”
– Speaks Spanish and Swedish
– Appeared on a Honduran TV game show winning a goofy dance contest.
Fun Facts about Asha:
– Toured Europe (Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland), Latin America (Chile) and Australia as a musician
– Plays a 7-string electric violin and was the lead violinist for the Trans Siberian Orchestra
– Toured the U.S. with Gnarls Barkley and played at the Grammys
– Breast cancer survivor
– Appeared on several pilots for the Travel Channel and the Food Network
– Skydived in New Zealand, white water rafted down the Grand Canyon and rode her bike across Tuscan
Their “Dream Travel Job” Itinerary
After a 2-week training session in the San Francisco office, Ryan and Asha took off for their trip around Europe! Make sure to follow Viator on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and Pinterest for the latest Dream Travel Job updates.
16th Stop: London
June 23 – June 28, 2012
Ryan and Asha left Paris, and it was onto their LAST city… London. After following them on their 60-day journey, we, the Viator Travel Team, are sad to see their trip come to an end. They have been great to work with and have taken lots of amazing video footage–you can expect to see it in the near future! Keep reading…
15th Stop: Paris
June 17 – June 22, 2012
After Madrid, it was onto their second-to-last destination, Paris! Ahh, Paris, what’s not to love?! Ryan and Asha certainly enjoyed themselves while getting stuffed on baguettes, going on bike rides, and napping by the Eiffel Tower. With six days here and only one city left, the team is almost at the end of their fun-filled 60-day adventure! Keep reading…
14th Stop: Madrid
June 12 – June 16, 2012
After enjoying the beach and riding in fancy cars in Barcelona, the team headed to Madrid–their last stop in Spain. (And there are only two more cities left on their trip!) Here they drank sangria, took day trips, and marveled at the beauty of the Spanish countryside. Keep reading…
13th Stop: Barcelona
June 9 – June 13, 2012
The next stop on Team Europe’s journey was Barcelona! They said ciao to the gelato and pizza in Venice and Italy and hopped on a plane to Spain, where they spent time playing on the beach, making paella, and riding around in fancy cars. Keep reading…
12th Stop: Venice
June 5 – June 8, 2012
After looking for George Clooney in Milan, Ryan and Asha hopped on another train to Venice. There, they spent five days exploring the canals, getting lost, and indulging in gelato for the last time on this trip. Keep reading…
11th Stop: Milan
June 3 – June 4, 2012
After getting stuffed on pasta and gelato in Florence, Ryan and Asha hopped on a plane to Milan – the home of fashion and business in Italy. Read on to see how they spent their two days in Milan. Keep reading…
10th Stop: Florence
May 29 – June 2, 2012
8th & 9th Stop: Rome and Naples
May 22 – 28, 2012
After a fun-filled time in Istanbul, Ryan and Asha hopped on another plane to Rome (and later on to Naples), where they began the Italian portion of their journey. Read on to see what delicious foods they ate, which famous monuments they toured, and how they learned to fight like gladiators. Keep reading…
7th Stop: Istanbul
May 17 – 21, 2012
The fun continues! Last time we checked in, Ryan and Asha were in Vienna enjoying music and ferris wheel rides. Next they traveled to Istanbul to tour beautiful mosques and make new Turkish friends. Keep reading…
6th Stop: Vienna
May 14 – 16, 2012
5th Stop: Munich
May 10 – 13, 2012
For the next portion of their adventure, Ryan and Asha left Prague and Martina behind and returned to Germany. This time they were in Munich, home of Oktoberfest and the capital of Bavaria. Keep reading…
4th Stop: Prague
May 7 – 9, 2012
3rd Stop: Berlin
May 4 – 6, 2012
2nd Stop: Amsterdam
April 30 – May 3, 2012
Team Europe’s 1st Stop: Dublin
April 26 – April 29, 2012
For their first stop, Team Europe left San Francisco behind and flew to Dublin, Ireland! There they spent four days exploring the sights in and around the city. Here’s a recap of their adventures. Keep reading…
Training in San Francisco – Bon Voyage Team Europe!
April 17 – April 25, 2012
Upon arriving in San Francisco for training, Asha and Ryan – our first Dream Travel Job finalists – were taken to Viator’s head office. There, they finally met the awesome team behind-the-scenes of the contest and were succumbed to a busy week filming tours! Keep reading…
– Viator Travel Team