Jessica Pociask heads up WANT Expeditions, with trips to remote, exotic and off-the-beaten-path destinations around the globe. A trendhunter, she’s atop of what’s current and maps trips to theme, whether its active travel or wildlife and conservation issues. Last fall, she visited Virunga National Park in Africa and hers was one of the first tour operators on the ground following the reopening of the park’s Nyiragongo Volcano.
Unrelenting perseverance, dedication to conservation, and a passion for immersive travel has earned WANT Expeditions recognition:
- National Geographic Travel: WANT’s Greenland Traditional Dogsled Expedition selected as one of 2015’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime.
- Washington City Paper: Pociask selected as 2015’s Best Travel Agent.
- DC Modern Luxury: Pociask profiled as travel expert and entrepreneur to watch.
- The Washington Post: Pociask named as Your Tour Guide for Crazy Destinations.
- Grand Traverse Insider: Spotlight on Pociask and her Spirit of Adventure.
- Epicure & Culture: WANT’s Jordan Culture & Nature Safari selected as must-do Fusion Safari: Top 12 Fitness and Food Vacations for 2015.
A wildlife expert, travel writer, nature photographer and expedition leader, Pociask has guided for the Wildlife Conservation Society and holds a research position in the Entomology department in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and a B.S in Natural Resource Management from Michigan State University. She is currently working to complete a Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins University. As a dedicated conservationist, she has worked extensively with The Nature Conservancy as a crew chief leader on wetland and fen restoration projects in Michigan. Jessica also stood on the board of Utopia Foundation, a Traverse City based organization. In winter of 2006, she completed a study in Antarctica on climate change and shortly thereafter, she was one of 50 women chosen from the US and Mexico by the National Wildlife Federation to participate in the ‘Women’s Leadership and International Sustainable Development’ conference in Washington DC.
Her company offers highly personalized, conservation-oriented small group travel, connecting travelers, adventurers, photographers and conservationists from all over the world through expeditions to see the most amazing natural phenomena that exist on our planet. The company only uses local (and often family owned) business partners, practices strong conservation measures, supports protection of cultures and traditions, discourages hand-outs and encourages letting go of western ideals to experience true cultural immersion.
Worth a look at www.wantexpeditions.com.
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