Meet Arival’s New Managing Editor!
Jenna Blumenfeld joins the team to helm Arival’s content strategy.
The team at Arival is thrilled to announce Jenna Blumenfeld is Arival’s new Managing Editor! As a longtime business journalist in the travel, outdoor and natural food industries, Jenna has worked across multiple facets of publishing, ranging from traditional print magazines to cutting edge websites. Most recently, Jenna was Senior Editor for New Hope Network’s Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine and newhope.com, content partners for the largest natural products trade show in the United States, Natural Products Expo. It was her passion and skill in covering driven food and beverage entrepreneurs that caught our eye.
We asked Jenna a few questions so you could get to know her better:
Douglas: Welcome to the Best Part of Travel. Are you going to miss covering food?
Jenna: I see many parallels between food and travel. If you haven’t guessed already, I’m a total foodie. I love learning about new cuisines and ingredients that I’ve never heard of, and I’m obsessed with teasing out the story of food. Where did an ingredient come from? Who grew it? How was it grown? Food is one way I digest (get it?) place, culture and history. And as you know, food and drink are super important to travelers, so I have big plans to keep covering food, and how operators can deliver memorable culinary experiences.
Similarly, travel is another way I understand the world. Seneca said, “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” I couldn’t agree more. In addition to the physical connection of being in a different area, there’s something magical that happens to perspective while traveling. You’re allowed to step out of your habits and become a sponge to sounds, sights, smells, people and experiences. Participating in tours, activities and attractions is a sterling way to accelerate such magic.
Where are you from?
I’m currently a mountain gal living in Boulder, Colorado. But I’m from a small town in Connecticut that was located near Long Island Sound. There, I spent nearly every day in the summer sailing and swimming. If there’s one thing I miss about living in Colorado it’s the ocean, but there are some gorgeous lakes nearby that satisfy my water craving. Plus, the mountains aren’t too bad either.
What is your best tour or activity memory?
Without a doubt hiking Iceland’s tallest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur, with this great company called Icelandic Mountain Guides.
After eight grueling hours of climbing up a glacial snow field, roped up with several other climbers for safety, my group arrived at the summit. We were ecstatic to view the gorgeous Icelandic terrain from a 6,923-foot peak—it was incredible because we could see the ocean sparkling in the distance.
What’s on your travel experience bucket list?
There are so many! If I had to choose three, volunteering at an elephant sanctuary is definitely near the top of my travel bucket list, as I’m a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation.
I’d also love to complete a week-long apprenticeship with a master Italian baker (sorry France, but pizza!) to learn the nuances of crafting bread, pasta and other savory flour-based goodies.
Third, I want to spend some significant time in Spain to become fluent in the language, rock climb as much as possible and have tapas and rioja for dinner every night.
Well, maybe at some point you could go on assignment for us in Spain. If readers have a story to tell, how can they let you know about it?
Send me an email! My address is [email protected], and I’d love to hear from you! Also stay in touch by following me on Twitter; my handle is @JennaBlumenfeld.
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