After completing a BSC at Bournemouth University, focusing on eco-tourism, Nik followed his love of nature and passion for travel and became a wildlife guide on a French campsite in the Cevennes. After two seasons he decided he needed more adventure and so moved to South America, where he travelled extensively, eventually finding a wildlife guiding role living in a tent in the Peruvian Amazon for six months. With the travel bug fully caught he then became an overland driver. This involved driving large, self-sufficient 4X4 trucks with tents and cooking equipment, all over the world; from Istanbul to Cape Town, or the southernmost tip of India, back to the UK.
During this time he never lost his love of wildlife or the beauty of Latin America and has been lucky enough to re-visit Guatemala and Belize through research trips with Audley. He has also extended his knowledge further afield with trips to both Antarctica, the Arctic in Svalbard and deep into the Arctic Circle, realising his dream to visit all seven continents. He has recently returned to his 'second home’ of Peru and was thrilled to visit Costa Rica on a comprehensive trip that now allows him to advise Audley clients on the most recent developments in country.
Nik's other interests include music, sport and photography.
I'll never forget when…
I had so many memorable wildlife experiences in Costa Rica, from seeing my first sloth to waking up to the sound of howler monkeys above my head or heading into the surf with turtles, but it really is the bird life that sticks in my memory. If it wasn't the hummingbirds flitting around wherever I turned, then getting to see the Resplendent Quetzal in the cloud forest of Monteverde was something I will never forget.