In July, 2017, I quit an unfulfilling job to travel Europe for three months to challenge the way I viewed the world and allow myself some time for creative exploration. I started meeting other travelers, many of whom were fellow Americans. Our discussions revolved around our travel aspirations and concerns about social justice issues around the world. A common theme became evident… people want to immerse themselves in the various cultures of our global community and give back. Through many conversations, and subsequent research, I realized that impact tourism is the new wave.
In Brussels, Belgium, the concept of co-mads was born. Originally, the goal was to curate travel experiences for groups within the U.S., allowing individuals to immerse themselves in local culture and partake in unique adventures; while working to drive social change and promote the missions of effective nonprofit organizations and social enterprises.
Soon after its inception, my idea to start a group travel company evolved to encompass something much larger…my network expanded, incredible opportunities came about, and the idea of co-mads grew to include events and services to help individuals, nonprofits, travel professionals/companies, and other businesses thrive and do more good in their communities, and beyond.
do good, everywhere,
Gabby has a BA in biology from the University of Vermont, Class of 2014. After college, she worked as Lead Program Manager for Best Buddies New York and was awarded ‘Program Manager of the Year’ from Best Buddies International in 2016.
She then went on to work for Austin & Co., Inc. as a Human Resource Consultant for independent school clients, mostly based out of NYC. Since leaving the company in July, 2017, Gabby spent close to six months in Europe and about two months traveling around the U.S. She has been volunteering since the age of seven and continues to support numerous organizations.