I’m often asked how I found my job leading Backroads trips… Fate. Magic. Luck… Well, perhaps a combination of those things. It’s a unique story that involves a photography exposition, a small community in northern Chile and two random backpackers high in the Chilean mountains. And it’s a story that put me on a path to helping develop a brand new Backroads trip for this coming December in a corner of South American that is easily one of my favorite places in the world.
About: Tatyana Schmid
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tatyana now spends most of her time leading Backroads trips south of the US border, from Panama to Costa Rica, Patagonia to Peru. She studied photography and Spanish at Bennington College in Vermont, spent one year living and working in Chile, and soon after graduating fell into her job with Backroads, where she currently is the Trip Expert for our brand new Chile's Lakes & Volcanoes District Bike Tour. She is a lover of adventure, anything involving bikes, mountains, surfing, diving and, of course, delicious food, beer and wine. A seasonal resident of Oakland, California, you may also find her singing and playing ukulele in various bands with other Backroads leaders around the Bay Area.
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