What is your favourite travel destination and animal: Borneo & Elephants
What is your first travel-related memory?: Eating a messy chocolate-covered banana at the Big Banana on the Gold Coast – not the coolest.
What is your most memorable wildlife encounter?: The first time I saw a leopard in South Lwanga, it was the last one of the big five I had been waiting to see, and there was an intense stand-off with a hyena which only made the sighting more dramatic.
If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be and why? It would be the jaguar safari in the Pantanal, I’ve yet to visit South America and I love big cats!
What do you like doing outside of NWS?: I’m an amateur photographer, and I also love going to shows. Whether it’s music, comedy, cabaret or drag, I’m a big supporter of performance arts.
Why do you travel?: Well as the old saying goes; travel is the only thing you buy which makes you richer, and as cheesy as it is I really believe it’s true! We only get one shot, so I want to see as many marvels of the world as possible whilst I can.
What do you love most about Africa?: It simply has everything! From hippos wallowing in the waters of the Okavango Delta, to the Mars-like dunes of Namibia, to wild mountains where gorillas hide amongst the lush vegetation - there is so much diversity from the savannah to the sea.
Which little-known creatures turned out to be an unexpected safari highlight for you?: Flying squirrels in Borneo. Despite the heavy implication from the name, I really didn’t expect them to fly so well!
Do you have any travel habits or rituals?: I don’t take my last luggage tag off until I get to the airport for my next flight, which I annoy myself with because I don’t believe in superstitions.
Out of all the places you've visited, which one surprised you the most?: Myanmar. From the temple forests to the floating villages and the incredible people, it was an unexpected delight every day.
What is the best travel advice you have received?: Not everything will always run smoothly so be patient, roll with the punches and enjoy the ride
Aside from travelling, how do you maintain your connection to the natural world?: I try to be outdoors as much as possible, I love walking so I spend a lot of time strolling the seafront or ‘up the downs’ as we say in Sussex.