A Bit About Me

I grew up with parents working for British Airways which meant I was exposed to exotic far flung places from a young age (and hugely grateful for it!). Then as soon as I was old enough I set off on my own with a backpack and an inherent passion for adventure and nature. I spent my late teens and 20’s travelling and working around South East Asia, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. Then settled in Thailand for a good 6 years working for a non-profit organisation specialising in running volunteer projects.

 As Thailand project manager during this time I helped with the construction of two bridges, a community hall, a hill tribe museum, a nursery school, a school library, an orphanage dormitory, and many, many toilet blocks! As well as researching and setting up social and conservation projects in South Africa and Ghana. Eventually British pubs and the British sense of humour brought me back to blighty, where I now spend my time working for NWS in sunny Brighton. 

I specialise in selling trips to Borneo, India, Svalbard, Arctic Canada and British Columbia, and love talking about anything bear or jungle related! Bears are simply the best creatures on the planet and I’ll happily convince anyone of the same!

Q & A With Jessie

Where was your last trip?

Borneo

Where is your next trip?

Colombia

What's your first travel-related memory?

Learning how to limbo with local Jamaicans on the beach when i was 11

Aisle or window seat?

Aisle. i hate feeling trapped!

Do you have any travel habits or rituals?

I always take a lump of ginger to chew on during flights to help with digestion, and lavender oil to help me sleep. I Make sure I have a good selection of travel music to listen to. The first thing i do when i arrive in a new place is head to the nearest bar/cafe to get some local advice. And talk to EVERYONE!

What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?

Food and experiences

What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?

Learning something new about the amazing wildlife in the world every day!

What do you like doing outside of NWS?

Aerial acrobatics, frolicking in the woods, and indulging in lots of epicurean delights!

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

British Colombia: Grizzly Bear & Whale Self-Drive Safari

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

Canada

What is your worst travel souvenir?

Worse - Walbert the worm who was living in my foot after spending a few months in Mexico!

What is the best travel advice you have received?

Best - "It's only money, it'll come back!"

What is your spirit animal?

BEAR!


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