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!