Erin Sorensen started working at Academic Arrangements Abroad in September 2003. She’s held a number of different positions at the firm throughout the years and is currently a Vice President in the Operations Department, developing and booking programs and managing trip logistics.
What is your hometown? I moved every two to four years growing up, around the country as well as some time in England, but I now call New York home. I’ve lived here much longer than anywhere else!
What is your favorite travel book? Hmm, I could never have just one. I love to read! I organize our office book club, for which we read books set in or about different parts of the world. Some of my favorites of the books we’ve read are:
A couple of years ago I decided to read some Scottish books in preparation for a trip there and discovered I love Ian Rankin’s detective novels.
City you most recommend to friends Vienna. I’ve only been there once, but it seems to have something for everyone – art, music, architecture, design, food, shopping. The countries I often recommend are Chile and Jordan, because they are amazing but underrated.
City you would drop everything to see I currently have two: Barcelona and Istanbul. I can’t believe I still haven’t been to either, but it’s only a matter of time…
Which AAA programs do you enjoy working on the most? Land programs with specialty themes (like the Mozart and Jane Austen programs planned for 2014). I can learn a lot about a specific subject or person as I work on the itinerary and organize the visits, and we get to take people somewhere they may have been before but with a different spin that keeps it new.
Special skills I love to cook and bake and have a good memory for useless pop culture facts. I also speak French and hope to someday learn another language or two.
Something about you that surprises people I’ve lived in Madagascar and Mauritius. And I am left-handed.
Three things you can’t travel without A book, my camera and some kind of plan for my trip.
Number of trips traveled on I’ve traveled for AAA about 25 to 30 times – either with groups as a tour director, or for inspection trips and travel conferences. It’s a great learning experience every time. I also try to take an international trip as vacation about once a year if I can. Travel is good for the soul!