Inside knowledge: A travel expert tells all

Glenyce Johnson is the Managing Director of Peregrine, and she's also one of our most passionate travellers. Glenyce has been to over 100 countries, and her next big challenge will be to tackle the Camino Trail in Spain next year.

I sat down to chat with Glenyce and was swept up in her world of adventure, exploration and discovery. I also learnt that you can never underestimate the power of a good gin and tonic at the end of a long day!

See the world through Glenyce's eyes, with these snippets about her favourite places:

Nepal

Next year is the 60th Anniversary of the summit of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. It holds a special place in my heart as Nepal was the first Peregrine trip I went on, and not forgetting that Peregrine also launched in Nepal. I did the 20-days Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes trip, which was just off-the-wall good.

Nepalese people are the most generous, amazing people in the world. When I think about Nepal and all that walking and trekking that you can do with just the beauty of the mountains and all that space to yourself, it’s just incredible. It’s an escape. It’s not just about fitness, it’s about pushing yourself on a journey. 

The Taj Mahal, India

For all the pictures that I’d seen of the Taj Mahal, I just could not believe how incredible it was. It's just so much better than any picture could describe. When you get up close you can see every little crack and every little bit of workmanship that’s gone into that building. And when you travel with Peregrine you get to go around the back and observe it from a different direction, and see the sunset over it which is something incredibly special.

And you just think about the man who built it, and what he went through and how he was thrown in jail and died looking through the crack of the window at the monument he created. It’s absolutely mind-blowing.

Italy

Italy is one of those countries that for an Australian person, who’s a travelling person, you should see at least four times in your life. And if you live in the UK I would say you need to go 12 times. I just think the whole small village scene in Italy, and of course the magnificent food, is brilliant.

You can have two villages right beside each other and they can both be completely different.  It’s a small country in many ways but there’s just so much diversity. There’s Cinque Terre with its walks and right down to Amalfi which has some nice walks as well. Then you’ve got the beautiful city life of Rome and Venice. 

The Amazon

The Amazon is something that you shouldn’t leave behind if you go to South America because some of the trekking is fantastic. Going out at night in the dugout canoe, and the silence of being in the jungle is pretty special too. With a gin and tonic in hand of course! 

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