Q & A With David
Where have you travelled to in the last 12 months?
In the last 12 months I’ve travelled to North and South America mainly: USA, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
Where are you planning to travel in the next 12 months?
Central and Southern Africa are top of the list.
What is your first travel-related memory?
Travelling every summer when I was a kid to North Spain with my big family (parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc.) and just playing on the beach every day for two weeks. There was nothing to worry about, 100% happiness. It still brings a smile to my face when I remember it.
Aisle or window seat?
Window, so I can lean against the wall and sleep. Or at least that is what I tell myself, even though I’m rarely able to actually sleep on a plane.
Do you have any travel habits or rituals?
I always buy a couple of books from a local author on my first days and that’s all I read during the trip. It doesn’t have to be history books at all - novels, fiction, it doesn’t matter, but it helps me understand the country and the culture.
What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?
Books and food, for sure. I’m usually a budget traveller but I definitely spend money on those.
What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?
All the knowledge that I get from not only my colleagues but also the clients I speak to. Every day you learn something different, and that makes coming to work exciting and motivating.
What do you like doing outside of NWS?
I enjoy going for walks with my dog, and also reading and playing video games, especially with friends. Have I mentioned eating yet?
If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?
I'm almost obsessed with the Congo right now, so any of the safaris we do there could be my favourite. Apart from that, the trips we have in Siberia, Antarctica and the Yukon would all be close seconds.
Is there a standout destination in your mind?
The triangle formed by the Congo(s), Central African Republic and Rwanda is fascinating, full of off-the-beaten-track destinations and with plenty of wildlife interaction. Also, getting to know the history of these countries, and the impressive efforts that they are making in order to preserve their natural wealth, sometimes against all odds, is something that makes you want to go there and try to contribute.
What is your best travel souvenir?
I especially love a hand-painted skull we got in Oaxaca (Mexico) on the Day of the Dead, a few years ago. It was part of the decorations of a private home, and when the festivities ended, the owner saw me taking pictures of it and gave it to me. It had been in his family’s Day of the Dead decorations for many years.
What is the best travel advice you have received?
After getting ripped off in Cuba when I was 19 on my first trip to the island, someone told me “ignore the locals who approach you, even if they seem very friendly; if you want to talk to a local, go to a bar and buy a drink for someone who is not paying any attention to you”.
What is your spirit animal?
Probably the elephant! Big, gentle and protective of their own.
What is your favourite thing about working/living in Brighton?
I love how it feels like a big town, and you never get bored, but also within a 10-minute bus ride you’re in the middle of England’s countryside with a lot of tracks and places to get lost and stay away from the crowds.