For my sins, having worked for the last 20 years in the travel industry, both here in the UK and overseas, I am still hooked , and even more intrigued by the dynamic face of travel as trends and hotspots change alongside individual country developments.
Travel experiences have been indulgent,with trips lasting up to two years. Serendipity played a large part in shaping my experiences, taking me to Aboriginal Tribal Communities, in North Australia, time with elders passing on massage knowledge in Chiang Mai, assisting turtle conservation on the Banyak Islands, and climbing the world's most active volcanoes, including Mt Sinabung in Indonesia, and scaling mountains - Kota Kinabalu/ Machapuchare- to remind me life is out there so don’t forget to show up for it!
Now firmly settled in the Cotswolds with a young family, I have been with Steppes for 7 years, and no sign of an itch. Time well spent honing Indian Subcontinent knowledge in a sales role, and now in an exciting role as Product Consultant alongside our Eurasia Team, I am extremely fortunate to armchair travel daily searching out all the travel secrets to share with our clients.
What has been your favourite travel experience?
The highest navigable pass in the world , found in Ladakh still stands head and shoulders above many other more relaxing experiences!
The best hotel/lodge that you have stayed in?
Baghvan in Pench National Park, India
What has been your most remote travel experience?
I am attracted to the remote regions of the globe, but I would have to opt for the islands off the Sumatran Coastline in Indonesia.
Most embarrassing travel experience?
Dropping my passport on the tarmac at sleepy Langkawi airport, whilst boarding my domestic connection to KL for onward travel to the UK. The onward travel to the UK evidently did not happen that day , or the next day due to a Malaysian public holiday. School boy error!
Your one luxury when you travel?
A spa treatment, typical of that country, to add to my tick list of authentic treatments around the world!
What’s your best piece of travel advice?
Allow your plans to change when necessary without putting up a fight. Also, take up that invite from the local family who welcome you into their lives for an afternoon. Often these experiences become your holiday highlights once home again.
Where you would like to visit next and why?
The Philippines. An incredibly resilient country, with so much to offer the visitor. Friendly people, with the most welcoming hearts. I look forward to reporting back on the quick recovery since Typhoon Yolanda in the New Year.
Offering a wonderful mix of culture, wildlife and pristine beaches.
One of the most colourful countries on the planet that has a place on everybodys wish list.