From as early as I can remember nature, wildlife and travel have played a huge part in my life. In my teenage years you could find me protesting against building the Newbury bypass road or on my local high street raising money for any number of endangered animals. Then as I travelled further around the world I realised that maybe I could combine my three great passions.
These feelings came to a head whilst I was working in community development for a National Park in Nicaragua in the early 2000's, when I realised that my future lay in travel that makes a positive difference. It was also there that I first fell in love with Latin America - the variety of ancient and modern culture, wonderful people, incredible landscapes and thriving wildlife still blows me away today.
After completing a masters degree in responsible tourism management, I dived head first into the Latin America travel industry as responsible tourism manager and country specialist and stayed there until I met Dave and we set up The Beyond Tourism Co.
Having worked for both large group travel and small tailor-made companies, luxury travel companies as well as ones aimed at backpackers, I know what makes for a great holiday, whatever type of travel you are after. Just let me know what makes you happy and I will find the right experiences for you!
My favourite travel memory
On a recent trip to Guatemala I visited the Yaxha Mayan site in the mid afternoon, when it was completely deserted - just me, the guide and the wildlife that lived in and around the ancient ruins. Sitting on top of one of the jaw-dropping temples watching the sun sink over the jungle, it seemed for a moment like I had the entire country to myself. It felt otherworldly, totally unexpected and I very much doubt I will experience another sunset like it.
My top travel tip
Try not to go on any trip with lots of preconceived ideas or expectations. Do your research and feel prepared, however if your main aim is bucket list items or getting the best selfies, you are bound to miss what really makes your holiday destination special and the many other amazing experiences that occur every day.