Alyssa Bobst

Alyssa Bobst is Program Support Coordinator at Smithsonian Journeys. She earned a Bachelorís degree in Anthropology, with minors in International Studies and Arabic, from Washington University in St. Louis.

How long have you been with SJ? Since 2006

Whatís the Best Part of Your Job? The constant evolution of travel programs and destination interests. We have tours that are the "big hits" every year but we are constantly learning about new places and challenging ourselves to come up with the next "big hit."

Whatís the Least Favorite part of your job? Coming home after a Journey and realizing itís time to get back to the real world.

Is there an item that you always travel with? Digital camera and four memory cards

A favorite SJ journey? I was so excited to go to the Arabian Gulf (visiting Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates). With my knowledge of Arabic and interest in the Middle East, I was thrilled to share this part of the world with other travelers. Many had not been to the Middle East and it was enlightening to see firsthand how tradition has not been lost as the countries in this region continue to move forward in the 21st century.