Sean has always been a natural adventurer and decided to head off for a five year journey in 2012, which took him across Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.
Working on several sailing yachts in Australia as a deckhand/guide, and a consultant for one of New Zealand's largest tour operators, led him to realise tourism was an industry he wanted to excel in and fuel his love for travel.
Prior to leaving New Zealand, he began learning Spanish, deciding to use this new skill by traveling and volunteering for four months in Latin America. Highlights here included spotting a wild jaguar in The Pantanal, witnessing a tornado form over Lake Titicaca and teaching English in Colombia.
Since returning, he’s joined our Latin America department here at Audley and now specialises in trips to Cuba and Costa Rica. And having picked up a fascination for the birdlife in New Zealand, these two countries have become the perfect choice.
I'll never forget when…
Throughout my travels in Cuba I had the privilege of being accompanied by the best guide I've ever had the pleasure of knowing; he spent time answering my many questions and telling some great stories. One day, during our drive to the next location, we stopped off at a random tobacco house in the countryside to wander around and see how the leaves are dried. This was not built into the tour and was just a casual stop off, with the owner of the land answering lots of questions and even offering us some cigars to purchase. I carried a number of football shirts with me to hand out to people — and after asking my guide if his son liked football — I decided to give him one due to his kindness. He was incredibly grateful, telling me that his son will be so proud of his dad for getting an original football shirt from England.