We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Booth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, what do you want your legacy to be?
As far back as I can remember, I loved to travel. When I was growing up, I cherished the trips my mom and I would take to Disneyworld, the outer banks of North Carolina, road trips around Colorado, and Washington D.C. Even now, we continue our mother-daughter trips, most recently going on safari in Tanzania.
I believe that travel is life-changing and will take you places you could never have imagined. The traveler’s experience with the people, the destination, and the local communities can provide authentic, immersive memories while empowering local communities and destination. Witnessing the benefits of sustainable tourism is why I chose this as my career path. As CEO at Off Season Adventures, I have the opportunity to design travel programs that focus on benefiting local communities and making a positive impact.
If done correctly, tourism can provide economic stability, improved infrastructure, and environmental conservation for localities. This is more important than ever with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis facing our planet. I want my legacy to be that I was a part of a movement that improved the traveler experience as well as enriched and supported local communities, economies, and destinations as a whole. This is the foundation of successful sustainable tourism.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After I graduated with my Bachelor’s from the University of Colorado, I decided to move to Europe because I didn’t want to get a “real job.” What was supposed to be a three-month work experience in London turned into a six-year stay in three different countries. When I returned to the US, there was no question that I was going to make travel and tourism my career.
I received a Master’s in Tourism Management, and have worked in just about every facet of the travel industry. While all of these positions contributed to my knowledge base and helped shape who I am today, none ever felt right until I found Off Season Adventures (OSA). I started working with Tanner in 2018 as an intern and eventually moved up to Head of Operations. OSA combined my passion for environmental conservation and sustainability with my love of travel. I learned that we could positively impact our planet and the local communities and economies in the destinations we visit. It is something that truly sets us apart from other tour operators. As CEO, I am excited to continue the positive work we are doing and use our model to expand to other countries throughout the world.
My journey here has been long and difficult at times. I have had challenging positions and dealt with struggles in balancing work, life, and school. However, all have led me here, and I finally feel I’m doing what I’m meant to do. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for travel and OSA!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Due to the pandemic and losing my father, I relocated and am not yet settled in a specific city. So for this question, I’ll speak about my favorite city, Budapest. I lived here for four years in my ‘20s, and I consider it a second home. There are so many unique places to visit, but I do have my favorites.
First, I would highly recommend a trip to one of the thermal baths in the city. Hungary sits on thermal water, and bathhouses have been a staple in the country for centuries. There are many to choose from, but the best is Széchenyi Baths in the city park. It has both indoor and outdoor pools, and it is frequented by both locals and tourists.
Next, I would advise a visit to some (or many) of the ruin bars in the city. During the Communist occupation of Hungary, many artists created spaces to go and interact in abandoned buildings. These have evolved into eclectic bars and cafes that still retain their original charm. In the summer, open-air versions of these places are available to enjoy.
I could go on and on about this fantastic city, but I’ll give one more recommendation. The best way to see many of the historic sites in Budapest, including the Chain Bridge, Fisherman’s Bastion, the Palace, and the Parliament building, is from the Danube River. I would suggest taking a river cruise to view these sites. It is preferable to go at night since all the buildings will be beautifully lit, but it is also lovely during the day. It gives you a clear picture of how beautiful Budapest really is. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shout-out to two people. First, I would like to acknowledge my mom for inspiring and supporting me and igniting my love of travel. Next, I’ll shout out Tanner Knorr, owner and founder of Off Season Adventures. He has allowed me to pursue my passion to positively impact our world through sustainable tourism.