Who are you and what do you do at WorldStrides?
Jamie Kent, West Coast Sales Team Lead. I look after our sales on the west coast and manage a team of folks who work directly with coaches, technical directors, athletic directors, and parents to create amazing experiences that change the lives of youth athletes forever!
How long have you worked with WorldStrides?
Almost 3 years now.
WorldStrides goes to so many destinations, but what has been your favorite destination that you have visited while working for WorldStrides?
Paris, France during the Women’s World Cup in 2019!
What are the top three things you did while you were in Paris?
I got to watch four (!!) World Cup games, including three USA games and the epic Scotland vs Argentina 3-3 tie with VAR controversy!
Traveled with one of our groups for the day to play against a local girls team in a beautiful little village on the outskirts of Paris, and afterwards we got to meet and socialize with the locals.
I got around to see nine of our groups whilst I was there for two weeks. It was so rewarding to see all of their faces and how excited they were about everything.
What’s the number one thing you would tell somebody to NOT miss if they visit Paris?
The obvious tourist attractions are easy, but you absolutely have to sample the Parisian cafés and their outside seating. The atmosphere and ambiance is truly remarkable.
Do you know any weird or strange facts about Paris?
This isn’t necessarily weird or strange, but I think it’s interesting how Paris became known as The City of Light (that’s “light” singular, not plural) – because it was the first major city to adopt street lights.
What was your favorite food or drink you tried while there?
I did try escargo whilst I was there, and I have to say they were quite tasty. I also ate a delicious croque monsieur!
Did you buy a souvenir and if so, what was it?
Nothing for myself but I bought my daughter a bunch of clothes. For my son, I brought back a plush toy Eiffel Tower…that he’s played with once and that’s about it!
If you could pick your next trip, where would you go?
Australia and New Zealand for the next Women’s World Cup in 2023!
What’s the best travel tip you could pass along to future travelers?
Travel light. It makes a huge difference moving through airports and on ground transportation.