It all began when Rikki’s grandmother stumbled upon EF completely by accident at an educational conference she was attending. The chance meeting led her to lead EF tours—and those tours would later inspire her son, and future granddaughter, to lead them one day. Including the tour to the UK, Rikki’s father has led over 30 trips with EF—and most times her mom, sister, or grandmother still join, too. “Traveling is quite literally a family affair in our household,” Rikki explains.
Rikki is more than happy to follow her family’s path. The father-daughter duo has a good deal of friendly competition regarding their Group Leader roles— whether it’s who has been to a certain country, if they’ve tried a certain treat, or who’s traveling next. They even led an EF tour to China together in 2019. “It was half his kids and half my kids. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve done in my entire life. He’s never seen me in the teacher role,” explains Rikki. “He always says it was the moment he was his proudest.”