Where have you travelled to in the past 12 months?
Into the deepest darkest depths of that vast and untamed wilderness known as the Lake District.
Where are you planning to travel in the next 12 months?
Berlin for a few days of culture and canals, then hopefully somewhere a little more exotic after that. Canada and Alaska are high on my list of ideal destinations.
What is your first travel-related memory?
Riding up a mountain in Lanzarote on the back of a camel (and being bitten by one too)!
Aisle or window seat?
Definitely window seat, despite having a fear of heights. There’s always something to see, and it beats watching the same films over and over!
Do you have any travel habits or rituals?
At least for a little while, I like to wander around a new place without worrying about following an itinerary, just to get a sense of it.
What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?
Food, glorious food.
What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?
The fact that I get to learn and write about something I care about (i.e. the natural world) and can share that with other people.
What do you like doing outside of NWS?
Running, reading and exploring (even if it’s just around Sussex).
If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?
Hard to pick just one but perhaps spending time with one of the great apes. I’m interested in palaeoanthropology so to look into the face of a creature that’s similar to how our distant ancestors looked would be pretty special. Plus I really want Bigfoot to be real.
Is there a standout destination in your mind?
I’m drawn most to Alaska, Canada and the Russian Far East, but the sheer otherworldliness of Antarctica is hard to beat.
What is your best travel souvenir?
This isn’t exactly my souvenir per sé, but I bought a friend of mine an amber ring when I was in Poland and she hasn’t taken it off since, which is pretty cool!
What is the best travel advice you have received?
My dad has been all over the place (in a good way) and his best bit of travel advice for me has been to make the most of the delicious street food on offer. Getting a taste of the local cuisine is one of the best ways to understand a country. Just make sure to avoid any potentially unsanitary cutlery and buy stuff you can eat with your hands!
What is your spirit animal?
Some kind of fluffy dog who’s really into walkies.
What is your favourite thing about working in Brighton?
The sea, the streets and the weird and wonderful cast of characters that you see every day.