Déanna has been a keen world traveller from a young age and it was her expedition to Zambia and Botswana when she was 16 that really made her fall in love with travel.
Originally from the Garden County of Ireland (Wicklow) and now, coincidentally, living in the county in the UK also known as the Garden of England (Kent), she loves the great outdoors and is happiest at the top of a mountain. Her love for travel took her to Australia for three years and on many adventures around Africa, Southeast Asia and Japan.
Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history and geography mean that she is less concerned about sunbathing in the places she visits than she is in learning about the physical geography and the culture and history. Thankfully her other half is also a history nerd.
I'll never forget when…
At Walvis Bay, near Swakopmund, I had an incredible experience of kayaking with seals. There are only three operators in this area, who all communicate with each other to ensure there is only ever a handful of kayaks in the water at the same time, which really enhances the experience. Next to my kayak I had lots of cheeky baby seals swimming alongside, some of them even jumping out of the water or trying to nibble at my ore. Seeing these seals in their natural habitat in such massive numbers was like something you would see on a travel documentary. The best part of the whole day was when one young seal pulled up by the side of my kayak, doing what looked like giving me a high five, until I realised what he was doing was actually doing — he was scoping up the water to splash me.