Face Fears on a Ropes Course

Janel Koloski takes on the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course in Queens, NY.

Hometown: Greensburg, PA

Travel Specialty: Fearless Traveler

Janel Koloski has a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education and currently resides in New York City, working as a nanny and personal assistant. Her previous jobs have always involved helping individuals with disabilities — in both school and home settings and with job coaching.

What excites you the most about travel?

My favorite part of traveling is learning about new cultures and meeting new people. The beautiful thing about life is that every corner of the world is so diverse, from a small town in Pennsylvania to the historic cities of Italy. I really enjoy getting to know the people and what makes their hometown unique.

What do you like the least about travel?

Traveling can be a little scary initially. I don’t like that fear, because no one wants to be scared, but I am always so thankful I push past it, because growth and adventure wait on the other side!

What was your favorite travel adventure?

My favorite travel adventure was going to Muir Woods in California. I finally got to see and hug the redwood trees there! The forest was so beautiful!!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to dance, try new food, paint and draw, go to museums and movies, swim, hike, bike, box and cook.

Why do you want to be the next Travel Channel Star?

I’ve always wanted to travel the world, and I love adventures! It would be a dream come true! It would change my life, not only because it is a dream of mine, but because it would broaden my horizons and my perspective, and I’d have so many new friends! I want to travel the world and help others.