Yampu’s sales staff radiates creativity, fun and adventurousness in all that they do. They will make your trip amazing because they’ve done the coolest things out there! One of our most inventive veterans is our Regional Sales Manager & Group Coordinator, Stephanie. She just returned from Namibia and South Africa armed with even more great travel ideas for her clients. Learn more about Stephanie below!
Name: Stephanie Rudolph
Title: Regional Sales Manager & Group Coordinator
Hometown: Corydon, IN
Time at Yampu: 12 years!
Q: What were you like at age 10?
A:Obsessed with unicorns, stickers and Michael Jackson
Q: Before working at Yampu Tours, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A: In college, I worked as a tour guide at a local cave, leading visitors through an hour long, underground tour. The cave also happened to house the remains of Squire Boone, Daniel Boone’s brother. So when on the morning shift, I had to go into the cave to sweep an area where water accumulated overnight, I made it a habit to greet Squire a good morning as I passed the coffin, just to stay on his good side.
Q: What advice do you have for prospective travelers?
A: All of my clients have heard me say this I’m sure – “never take anything with you on a trip that you are not willing to lose.”
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A grocery store clerk – I wanted to push the cash register buttons all day – my parents were so proud at my high aspirations! Ha!
Q: What is your favorite travel experience you have had so far?
A: There hasn’t been just one, but aspects of every trip I’ve ever taken all rolled into one perfect travel memory would include being blessed in a Hindu temple in Bali, hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, swimming in the frigid waters of Lake Titicaca, seeing a herd of elephants on my first safari, visiting my first hammam in Morocco and most recently skipping around the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Q: How do you define success?
A: I believe success is measured in laughter.
Q: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
A: Bill Murray
Q: What three things would you have with you if you were trapped on a desert island.
A: My kindle loaded with books, sunscreen and wine
Q: What do you like to do on your days off?
A: Host dinner parties, go antiquing, garden, visit museums and work on creative projects.
Q: What is on your travel bucket list?
A: Mongolia, Namibia & seeing the Northern Lights…oh! And witnessing the monarch migration into Mexico.
Q: What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: Probably the most unusual thing I’ve ever eaten was raw termites in Cameroon, though chicken blood in Peru is a close second.
More about Stephanie:
Stephanie has worked in travel for over 18 years and during that time has collected a wealth of experiences and knowledge. Whether driving solo across South Africa, trekking in Peru, snorkeling with sharks in Ecuador, learning to weave in Bali or dancing the night away in Rio, she continues to collect insider tips and ideas that she can share with her clients and groups to make each trip unique. She crafts once in a lifetime trips for her clients, fine-tuning each itinerary to specifically fit each traveler’s own individual travel-style. Stephanie is also Yampu’s Galapagos expert, and group guru, so whether you are interested in the local art scene or exploring the great outdoors, she will work with you to create the perfect experience.