Living and studying in Italy sparked a love of travel and foreign languages that has taken me all over Eastern Europe, Iceland, Greece, Asia and — most recently — on a year-long trip through Central and South America. After spending a few months working in Central America I had fallen in love with the culture, food, landscape and wildlife, not to mention the fresh fruit, exotic textiles and constant stream of upbeat music.
I’m hugely enthusiastic about nature and wildlife and loved exploring primary cloud forests, hiking up volcanoes and searching for frogs on night hikes. Add on the incredible birdwatching and diving and the option to relax on empty beaches and you soon begin to understand that the region’s incredible diversity means you are never short of adventure.
As I became more confident speaking Spanish I grew aware of the generosity and playfulness of Central Americans — most notably in Cuba, where everyone is keen for a chat over a glass of rum.
I'll never forget when…
After three days on the Osa Peninsula I flew back towards San Jose on a tiny plane. It was only once we were up in the air that I was able to grasp the sheer beauty of the area. I knew before going that it was one of the most inaccessible and pristine regions of Central America and had spent a glorious few days on the ground, but seeing it from above made the scale of the area’s natural beauty and the seclusion of the region hit home. It was a highlight of my trip and the perfect way to end my time in Costa Rica.