While studying for her degree in Tourism Management, Emma worked in various tourism roles in France and Belgium as well as her home country, Ireland. And after finishing university she continued her career in tourism.
Travel has always been a major facet of her life, having lived in Australia, she also did a stint of wildlife volunteering in South Africa, and she’s travelled in Egypt, Southeast Asia as well as many other countries.
She fell in love with Canada's varied landscape after journeying from coast to coast there, taking in the coastal towns of the east, glacier fed lakes, desert wine country and temperate rain forests. She also subsequently lived and worked in Vancouver for a time, again, in the tourism industry. Emma has recently completed a solo trip to Canada's Maritimes, once again travelling from east to west — this time by rail and self-driving.
I'll never forget when…
While on Vancouver Island I had the opportunity to embark on a whale watching tour. There were several orcas in the area, some of which were breaching out of the water. It was a moment I will cherish, standing watching these large marine mammals swimming with such grace, with sudden bursts of speed as they breeched and tail slapped the water close-by. The knowledgeable guides enhanced my experience, being able to identify the resident whales by name from certain features. They also used a hydrophone to hear if any of the whales were communicating underwater. Already a memorable trip the tour finished with us watching a sunset as we made our way back, stopping occasionally to see even more sea life.