Where have you travelled to in the last 12 months?
South Africa (twice!), France, Spain, Germany, Italy (lots of Europe)!
Where are you planning to travel in the next 12 months?
The USA, Indochina and Africa (country TBA)!
What is your first travel-related memory?
I remember going to the Grand Canyon when I was 6 and being blown away by the sheer scale and size of it. It was probably the first time as a young child I realised the world didn’t just revolve around me and there was a bigger, wider world out there to explore.
Aisle or window seat?
Can I say lie flat?! If not, then window so I can sleep and hit the ground running.
Do you have any travel habits or rituals?
Packing and then re-packing. I hate being unprepared when I’m away!
What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?
I’d probably say food! I love experiencing local cuisine.
What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?
The diverse range of products that we offer is incredible – it’s great to be able to move from destination to destination within my role so no day is the same.
What do you like doing outside of NWS?
Since I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 I have to say that I really enjoy walking (though nothing could beat that "hike"!), seeing friends and family (mine are dotted all over the UK), cooking, dining out and anything wine-related (it’s my poison)!
If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?
Any of the polar expeditions really appeal to me as it’s a region I have yet to forage into, and I’m going to have to include our safaris that include the Pantanal in Brazil – seeing jaguars in their natural habitat is high on my bucket list.
Is there a standout destination in your mind?
Namibia always comes to the forefront of my mind when I’m asked this question. It was the first country I visited in Africa when I started all those 15 years ago, so it holds a special place in my heart and is undoubtedly the reason I caught the safari bug (or addiction). It’s also so unique in its offerings compared to other southern African countries, especially when you consider its geography and diverse landscapes.
What is your best travel souvenir?
I was once exceptionally lucky enough to meet Ahmed Kathrada, who was imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela during the apartheid period. He took me on a private tour of Robben Island which was a career-defining moment for me. He gave me a signed copy of his book which I will treasure forever as he sadly passed away a few years later.
What is the best travel advice you have received?
Travel with an open mind and an open heart. Countries operate at different paces, have different ways of living and different experiences that make them unique. This advice has always stuck with me as if you allow yourself to embrace a destination and immerse yourself in their way of thinking, you’ll have a much more emotive and enjoyable experience.
What is your spirit animal?
It would have to be the leopard.
What is your favourite thing about working/living in Brighton?
The city is so diverse and has a multitude of characters in residence! It’s a great environment to meet new people from all walks of life and backgrounds.