Barb Baumer

Photo: Mexico City, Mexico

Travel Consultant

I lived in Boston, Mexico City, and Geneva, Switzerland all before high school.

While living in Switzerland I was lucky enough to travel throughout Europe on the  weekends. Taking in all the history, learning how to ski, and having the opportunity to travel to Egypt and  Lebanon.  

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I have been traveling almost all my life; I believe it’s in my DNA!

(Photo: Barb and the Terracotta army. Shaanxi, China)

I’ve also spent a lot of time driving across the States.  After graduating from Willamette University in Salem, I started my career in travel. I began working for agencies in Berkeley and Palo Alto, California, before coming to Oregon. I have been working at Willamette International Travel since June of 1983.

It’s hard for me to choose my favorite place, although I am partial to Europe after spending so much time there while growing up.

Everywhere I go I enjoy seeing the people and cultures as well as history of the area.  When I travel I am always reminded how “young” the USA is in comparison to so many countries around the world.

  As my family reminds me, I have been to every continent except Antarctica, although there are still other places I’d love to visit.

medieval Neuschwanstein Castle ( Disney Castle) in Germany

Working in travel has allowed me to take the “trip of a lifetime” every year.

(Photo: Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany)

  • What is the first country you ever visited?  Canada, then Mexico
  • What’s your favorite destination?  Western Europe
  • What’s your essential carry-on item?  Sweater, warm socks and essential travel documents
  • What was your last trip before Covid?  Nova Scotia
  • Where do you want to go next?  Egypt, back to Europe, maybe Antarctica so I’ve touched ALL continents
  • What is your best travel tip?  Keep an open mind, don’t judge other countries by US standards.

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