When I was 16 and still at school, I was lucky enough to spend a month in Peru, my first real experience of travel. I went on to study geography and tourism at the University of West England and took particular interest in developing countries, natural hazard management and sustainability in national parks.
Since graduating in 2011 I have been able to travel to 50 countries and spent six years living in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. With a passion for the outdoors, New Zealand, Canada and Patagonia stand out as great places to trek, camp and explore with the Galapagos Islands, Thailand and the Caribbean being my top spots to scuba dive.
Having had so many memorable experiences I knew I wanted to work in travel and share my passion with others and being a New Zealand Country Specialist is the perfect platform to do just this.
I'll never forget when…
Kaikoura is a great place for wildlife lovers and one of the best places to swim with dolphins in the southern hemisphere. The mighty albatross, the bird with the largest wingspan, is frequently spotted here too. On my last trip however, I took a trip in a small plane to spot whales. We were lucky enough to see two enormous blue whales and followed them for some time. I was in awe of these magnificent creatures as I'd never expected to be privileged enough to get to see the world's largest animal in my lifetime. It was a humbling but enthralling experience.