Meet the CultureRoad family
Behind CultureRoad is a dedicated team that makes our company feel like a true family. We are a passionate and dedicated team of professionals with a shared love of travel and a commitment to providing our travellers with exceptional service and unforgettable experiences. On top of this, we share a big fascination for hard-to-reach desintations across the world. So here we go, welcome to the CultureRoad family – maybe you’ll get to meet them soon on tour!
Rik Brinks – Netherlands – founder / tourguide
Meet Rik, the founder of CultureRoad and an avid traveler who never tires of revisiting all the amazing destinations on offer. Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Rik’s love for travel ignited after he read Tintin and the World Atlas at a young age. Since then, he has journeyed far and wide, fueling his passion for exploration and sharing his wanderlust with anyone who wants to join him. Rik’s insatiable curiosity and unwavering enthusiasm for discovering new cultures and experiences are the driving forces behind CultureRoad’s commitment to sustainable tourism.
Josephine Jacobs – Netherlands – tour guide / content
Seeking a change of pace, Josephine Jacobs joined our team as a tour guide and content support specialist. Primarily assisting with our Syria and Eritrea trips, Josephine adds a touch of CultureRoad magic to our tours. Hailing from Utrecht, the Netherlands, she can often be found exploring Ethiopia, indulging in her newfound passion for coffee.
Ryan – Australia – tourguide / analyst
Our data analyst, tour guide, technical supporter, and positivity guru, Ryan Randell, is always here to save the day. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Ryan travels for half of the year, seemingly finding the perfect balance between work and travel. Whether it’s with a witty joke or expertly leading a tour, Ryan is your go-to guy.
Yesman Utera – Venezuela – content
Though Caracas might seem daunting to some, Yesman Utera is here to change your mind. With experience as a fixer for major global media companies, Yesman knows his way around Venezuela. At CultureRoad, he primarily manages our website and social media, ensuring you’re always up to date with the latest information.
Xavier Raychell Blancharde – U.K. – tourguide
Sometimes, you visit a place and unexpectedly fall in love. That’s what happened to British adventurer Xavier Raychell Blancharde, also known for his blog “Travel the Unknown” and YouTube channel. After globetrotting for some time, Xavier fell in love with Syria. Nowadays, he mostly resides in Damascus, frequently exploring the Middle East.
Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive. We couldn’t organize any tour without the invaluable support of our local partners, spanning from Angola to Venezuela and from Pakistan to North Korea. We simply couldn’t do it without our extended CultureRoad family.