Having studied Geography at University of Exeter, I was keen to learn more about the world knowing it is always best to experience it first-hand.
After teaching in North Carolina, I embarked on an exciting road trip between New York and San Francisco – from alligator swamps of Louisiana, to hiking through Zion National Park and camping in Monument Valley with the Navajo tribe. I then travelled to South America, with Peru being a highlight; here I cycled through the Sacred Valley, kayaked across Lake Titicaca and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
What's your favourite destination?
Svalbard. It offers a proper Arctic adventure and awesome physical geography – pristine glaciers and some exciting wildlife, including walruses and polar bears.
I love a destination or hotel which offers something a bit different and special – Sweden’s Arctic Bath and Morocco’s Kasbah Tamadot are personal hotel favourites.
Which destination is top of your bucket list, and why?
Antarctica, for the extreme climate, scenery and remoteness – it feels like one of the most exciting places on earth to visit.
Which five items do you always pack when travelling?
Sunglasses, speakers, a Waboba, Monopoly Deal and a recommended book or two.
What's your top travel tip?
Leave sometime in your itinerary to have at leisure. It allows time for spontaneity or a chance to relax – remember it is a holiday not an endurance test.