Erin Rauch-Sasseen started working at Academic Arrangements Abroad in July 2011. Currently, she is a Tour Coordinator for the firm.
What is your hometown?
This is a tough question! I was born in New York City, but have lived in Holland, California and Missouri. My family currently lives in New Jersey on the shore.
City you most recommend to friends:
When I was in Stockholm last summer everyone was so happy and the long days were just incredible. I would definitely recommend it to friends. I’d like to go back again sometime soon!
City you would drop everything to see:
Istanbul continues to have a mystical pull for me. If given the opportunity, I would be on the first flight out!
Which AAA programs do you enjoy working on the most?
As a Tour Coordinator, I work mostly with our passengers, so I can’t say I really distinguish between the different programs I am coordinating. I do, however, love working on trips to destinations that are completely new to me, like Nepal & Bhutan. I especially enjoy working with passengers when I know I’m also going to be a Tour Director on the program. Knowing we will be traveling together makes the interactions even more special.
I’m in a band! I sing and play guitar and keyboard in a band called Hey Anna. You can listen to our music here: heyanna.bandcamp.com
How terrible I am at Karaoke. I always pick the worst songs!
Three things you can’t travel without:
My camera (film!), my iPhone and headphones.
Who would play you in a movie?
I wouldn’t mind if Emma Stone played me in a movie! My sisters think Judy Dench would play the older version of me. I would love that.
Number of trips you’ve been on:
I have traveled on two AAA trips:
“The Baltic’s Amber Coast: St. Petersburg to Copenhagen” in July 2012 and a trip to Cuba last fall. I am scheduled to travel on our round-trip Sicily cruise aboard Sea Cloud II in September. I am really looking forward to it!