• Nora (Ellie) Day on the Mekong River, Vietnam

A Bit About Me

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel and live in five different continents as a ski instructor and a teen/20-something that was desperate to explore. Travel is very much at the core of what makes me happy. Using my knowledge and experiences to enhance others’ travels and help them create incredible memories is one of the highlights of working at NWS for me.

Q & A with Nora

Where have you travelled to in the last 12 months?

A short trip to Verona, as it was one of the Italian cities I never got around to when I travelled Europe a few years ago. Climbing volcanoes, surfing and helping out on a hawksbill turtle conservation site in Nicaragua kept me busy on my first visit to Central America in March. Most recently I did a road trip around the Scottish Highlands for two weeks, camping, hiking and generally getting soggy.


Where are you planning to travel in the next 12 months?


I’m hoping to get out to the snow to do a bit of skiing and would love to explore Nepal if possible. We’ll see where the year takes me.


What is your first travel-related memory?


A vibrant Spanish festival with acrobats creating human towers and actors dancing, whirling, whooping in grotesque masks. Terrifying to a 3-year-old.


Aisle or window seat?


Window seat all the way. Get those DVT socks on and then it's back-to-back films the whole journey. No time for toilet-dashers getting in the way!


Do you have any travel habits or rituals?


I always seem to take my penknife with me, with delusions of leaping to the rescue with this tiny little tool in the most treacherous of survival situations, or dreams of whittling impressive miniature carvings from driftwood on a golden beach. All it actually gets used for is opening bottles of beer.


What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?


If I can find a traditional or local board game or something like that, I’m always tempted. Then I go on the hunt for some friendly locals who can teach me how to play properly.


What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?


The fact that everyone here is so passionate about either a particular animal or area of the world is fantastic. It’s great to hear their experiences and learn about other areas of the world.


What do you like doing outside of NWS?


Most evenings are spent climbing, playing rugby or walking/cycling in the South Downs. When I’m not doing that stuff, either a decent book, good film or some live music fills my free time.


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

I think it’s got to be the Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari. I’m a bit of a water baby, so the opportunity to swim with these incredible creatures would be absolutely unforgettable.

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

Northern Vietnam was absolutely stunning. With those iconic rice paddy fields and the beautiful, fascinating dress of the various ethnic groups in the region, you feel like you’ve just fallen into a travel magazine.


What is your best travel souvenir?


A set of dice I picked up in a flea market in Osaka, Japan. They’ve kept me entertained for many an hour around the world whilst waiting for trains, planes and automobiles.


What is the best travel advice you have received?


Take a sarong with you. Its variety of handy purposes is endless. Scarf, pillow, curtain if you’re on the bottom bunk in a hostel. You name it, the sarong can do it!


What is your spirit animal?

I would like to say a male pride lion; a lot of sleeping, someone else gets my dinner ready for me, an excellent strut and to top it off a fantastic head of hair. In reality it’s probably a walrus. I’ll let you decide why.

What is your favourite thing about working/living in Brighton?

Food, music, people, seaside!

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