3 years | Global

Tell us about you

I'd always dreamt of visiting far away places that were full of different cultures, people, scenery and animals. My dream became reality in 2000, when I left my home in England for Australia, and have not stopped exploring the world since.

Favourite travel destination and why

Backpacking in Sumatra in 2001, my first Asian experience. It was full of friendly, smiley people and beautiful-natured children. I fell in love with the simplicity of life and diversity, from diving to volcanoes, orangutans to beaches, lakes to mountains to mosques.

How many countries have you visited?

Around 48

Most recent adventure

Russia - ballets, vodka, amazing buildings, history, spies, secret tunnels and furry hats.

Best travel memory

Reaching Everest Base Camp and having a lovely cup of tea after an amazing and diverse hike through forests, frozen rivers, snow, past yaks and monasteries. 

Best travel tips

Take tiger balm - not only is it great for colds, pains and mosquito bites, it is also handy to put under your nose before entering some public toilets!

Favourite food experience

Chiang Mai Cooking School, where I learnt how to prepare and cook Thai meals, using ingredients bought from the local market... best Thai meal I've ever eaten!

Advice for people considering embarking on the trip of a lifetime

Research and planning are the keys to make your dreams a reality. 

Which country is next on your list to experience and why

Burma, because it is at an amazing point in its long and complex history.