Our expert staff pride themselves on their knowledge of our trips, destinations and activities. They love to travel, and to share their experiences of exploring the world - take a read through some of the top travel moments.
After leaving school all I wanted to do was to start exploring the world. I spent 12 months backpacking around Europe and working in pubs to support my nomadic lifestyle. When I returned to Australia I wanted a job that allowed me to share my experiences with others – that’s now a decade ago, and I’ve not looked back since.
Snorkelling with baby sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. I think they thought I was one of them, they were so playful! And travelling through the once forbidden land of Tibet where I had the opportunity to share a meal with a local family. They had very little but were so generous and hospitable.
Give the local language a try. It’s fun, and the locals always appreciate the effort.
West Africa. It's such a remote part of the world. It would be a real privilege to see the local tribes, many of whom have kept their traditional culture intact by living in relative seclusion.
Travel’s fun and exciting, but it’s also challenging and often takes me out of my comfort zone – you learn a lot about yourself, and I've also learnt so much from all the people I’ve met along the way.
Some of my strongest and happiest childhood memories are of family holidays. I think I probably fell in love with the idea of travel when I was 12, when we went to Bali. I’ve such vivid memories of those first few moments – stepping out of the airport, into a taxi and being plunged into a crazy, chaotic exciting new world. Then meeting the Balinese, who were so welcoming and warm, ensured the whole experience had a real impact. After school I went to live in Brazil for a year, near Sao Paulo, which was fantastic and it was a great experience really immersing myself in a totally different culture. I knew by that point that I wanted to work in travel, and since then I have done so, as well as kept on travelling!
I went on the Egypt & Jordan Caravan, and the trip was packed with great moments, but seeing the pyramids for the first time has got to be the highlight. It was really powerful to see these spectacular icons up close, to explore something so ancient.
My best tip is to travel with an open mind. Be ready to learn, be flexible and be open to new experiences. We travel to see the differences in the world, so when something unexpected happens, embrace it and relax.
It’s a long list, but I think East Africa has to be top – I’d love to go on safari in Kenya or Tanzania, the scenery looks stunning and places like Ngorongoro Crater just sound unmissable for wildlife viewing. I also want to return to Latin America. Some of the ancient sites there look amazing, particularly Central America’s Mayan ruins, and by the sounds of it trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu should be on everyone’s to do list – it’s definitely on mine.
Travel’s always inspiring – whether it’s trying new activities, sampling local cuisine, wandering streets for the first time. That sense of exploring somewhere new, of being among a totally different culture and learning all about it is really special, makes you look at the world anew, and give you feelings that you simply can’t get back home.
I grew up in Melbourne and have always wanted to be involved in the travel industry. By the time I had completed my Bachelor of Tourism degree I was desperate to get out and explore the world, so off I went, without waiting for my graduation ceremony!
I travelled extensively throughout South East Asia and lived in Japan for two years – an incredible experience. After spending some time back in Melbourne I hit the road again, from China to Mexico, India to Scotland. I spent several years travelling the world before returning to Melbourne and am now fortunately working for a company that shares my outlook on travel.
Mexico, off the coast in a small fishing boat. There, a matter of metres from us, a pod of killer whales were feeding on a manta ray. It was amazing, unforgettable, to be that close to that kind of event and to see the power of the orcas.
Don’t leave home without your handy wipes. You never know when you’ll need them, but I guarantee you will at some point!
My next trip is to Tanzania. I’m going on the Geckos Tanzania Trails trip – safari in the Serengeti, I can't wait! I also want to return to Croatia. I’ve spent a month in Eastern Europe, but unfortunately not much of that was in Croatia. Everywhere I visited, everything I saw there was really stunning, and I’d love to go back to explore some more.
I love immersing myself in places. Learning, experiencing and enjoying each moment I spend just doing something completely different, whether it be in the food I eat, the people I speak to or the places I explore. It's my passion and my travels are definitely the best experiences in my life.