About Elliot Hunker
Elliot moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania, by way of his native Washington, D.C. In the decade since he made a home in Talkeetna, Alaska, he’s watched the footprint of mass-tourism grow to a level that is untenable. The economies of small towns like Talkeetna rely on tourism, but the infrastructure and community demand a more conscientious traveler. Years of working in tourism, as well as years of backpacking in Southeast Asia, Central America, the Middle East, and Europe have given Elliot perspective on what a more sustainable kind of travel might look like. In addition to easing the stress felt by host communities, small-form ecotourism is key to creating bridges across cultures and generations.
Elliot is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he studied History and Alaska Native Studies. When Elliot isn’t working to manage logistics for Gondwana, he is busy biking, skiing, and hiking with his dog, Blue.