Sheena Dersidan’s passion for culture and connection are at the heart of her love of travel and why she has dedicated her career to helping others experience the world. Taking her first international trip in 2000 to Asia ignited her desire to explore more of the world and help others do the same. Sheena spent 5 years as a sales executive in the Africa division of a US tour operator, where she worked with over seas suppliers to design unique cultural experiences for clients choosing to explore the continent, making Africa one of Sheena’s specialties.
Committed to staying informed on behalf of her clients, Sheena is an advocate for continued learning in her industry. She regularly attends trade conferences, participates in destination training and has herself lead groups of travel agents on educational trips to Kenya & Egypt. She is a previous board member of the Los Angeles chapter of APTA (Assoc. for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa) and a certified Kenya Authorized Travel Specialist (KATS). Additionally, Sheena’s professional education in interior design coupled with her love of world markets inspired her to launch an online global goods site where she travels to India, Guatemala, Mexico and other destinations to explore, source items and make local connections, adding another layer of insight she uses when custom designing journeys for her clients.
Ichi-go ichi-e, a Japanese idiom, is Sheena’s mantra. The term reminds people to cherish any gathering that they may take part in, citing the fact that many meetings in life are not repeated. With this mantra in mind, Sheena works diligently to ensure her client’s travels are full of authentic, enriching experiences that allow connection with the local culture and customs. Spending time in destination, taking regular trips to the countries she specializes in allows her to be on the pulse of new experiences for her clients. Focusing on Africa, India and exotic destinations around the world, she has traveled extensively over the years creating on the ground contacts and relationships to ensure her clients have truly unforgettable journeys.