A Bit About Me

At school I was a day dreamer. I really was only ever paying attention when learning about far off places, explorers and wildlife. I studied Geography at university, but as soon as I got my degree I was off! I travelled the world for the next decade, living in Africa and Asia. I managed safari camps in Africa, pioneered sustainable tourism projects in Asia, managed the sales of an inbound tour operator in Indochina, set up a successful tour operator in Thailand, obtained an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management and consulted for WWF and other NGOs on wildlife conservation in relation to tourism practices. When not working, I travelled, mainly on my motorbike and just had lots of incredible unforgettable adventures.

In my early thirties, on my return back to the UK (having realised that I should probably settle down, find a husband and grow some roots somewhere), I toyed with the idea of going back to work for NGO’s to support wildlife conservation. I however realised that I would have a bigger impact working in the private sector. It was then that I met Will Bolsover and NWS. He was looking for a Sales Manager and, with my passion for wildlife conservation, years working in management roles and knowledge of key regions, it was meant to be. I really enjoy managing the team and helping them to grow, guiding clients through their journey to create their perfect itinerary, and of course hearing about their travels upon their return! All knowing that we are positively contributing to wildlife conservation along the way.

I’ve been back in the UK and working at NWS for 4 years now. I’ve been fortunate to find a job that I love, an incredible husband (who is also called Will, which is very confusing) and to live in a city that has so much to offer. When not at work I frequent the Royal Geographical Society, where I am a fellow. I love going to their lectures and learning about new places or debating about current issues and have been fortunate to see Sir David Attenborough twice there. I am an outdoorsy person and Will (husband) and I love our Sunday pub walks, normally in the rain, but what do you expect when you live in the UK?

I have no plans on living abroad in the near future and am settled here in the UK, so long as I can talk about extraordinary wildlife and incredible places and visit them from time to time, which fortunately, is my job!

Q & A With Arabella

Where was your last trip?


Where is your next trip?

Hmm not sure yet, but its high time I went back to Africa!

What is your first travel-related memory?

Short haul holiday would be going to France with my family when I was young, with my little wooden dinghy strapped to the roof. Long haul would be going to Barbados with my family when I was 14 and complaining to my parents that there was this big world out there and I had only just experienced it (that was in the taxi from the airport to the hotel). I loved the vibrant colours of the houses, the barbecue smells and the hustle and bustle of the market. I felt bad complaining to them, but I genuinely felt that way! It was my first time out of Europe and I know many kids never leave their home country but since then, the travel bug got me and I put all my pocket money and earnings into travel so that when I was 18 I could head off around the world. Which I did.

Aisle or window seat?

Window - I sleep like a baby on planes and love the view when arriving into a new country.

Do you have any travel habits or rituals?

If I am not on a schedule, when I arrive at a new place I like to spend a couple of hours soaking up the atmosphere at an outside cafe/bar before I even get to my hotel (if I have booked a hotel). I find this the best way to ease myself into a new country.

What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?

Massages and airport lounges

What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?

The team. Everyone has so many interesting stories and a real passion for what they do. Most people have lived abroad and travelled extensively and with that comes curiosity, respect and a sense of adventure!

What do you like doing outside of NWS?

There is a life outside NWS? Joking... I am an outdoors person and enjoy sailing, mountain biking and of course travelling. My husband and I explore England a lot. It has so much to offer and its right on our doorstep. I also love cooking Asian food, having lived in Asia for so long.

If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?

Ice-grizzlies-of-bear-cave-mountain. Since recently returning from the Arctic, I've developed a bit of an obsession for cold places!

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

I would love to go to Greenland on a recce to see if we can develop it as a destination for our clients. It looks fascinating!

What is your best travel souvenir?

A wooden giraffe from Kenya. My landlord at university wasn't very happy when I had to grovel that I'd bought termites to his lovely flat in Bristol! Grovel, grovel, grovel...

What is the best travel advice you have received?

Be curious and smile sweetly!

What is your spirit animal?

A Labrador - we are fairly similar creatures as love eating, walking and socialising, but also very happy to curl up by the fireplace! If I could be any animal it would be an eagle however - would be incredible to travel around the world, soaring in the thermals and having very little prey!

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