I’ve been a tour leader with Explore since 1995. When I’m not guiding outside during summer months, I work in an office in Ajaccio, Corsica.
Being a tour leader, for me, is all about meeting great people. The GR20 tour (Grand Randonnée) translates as ‘Great Trek’ and Corsica offers one of the toughest long-distance routes in Europe. It’s hard, so when you get a small group of strangers thrown together, they swiftly become dependent on each other to make it to the end. I've met some great characters, made some great friends, and laughed a lot along the way.
Beautiful mountains and a terrain that’s different every day is what I love so much about Corsica. Not to mention swimming in super jacuzzi-like rock pools; smelling the fragrant maquis vegetation; waking up with the first light of dawn, feeling healthy, watching the red kite birds and the cheeky mountain chuffs; relaxing around a warm fire; and tucking into a hearty bean stew. I think it’s so important to try to get the most out of every day.
In my spare time I like to be outside, riding race-horses on the beach, going walking, fishing, swimming, and sleeping out under the stars.
My advice to anyone thinking of booking on the G20 tour is, if you really want to enjoy the walking element, get yourself fit first. Get a pair of comfortable shoes that have super grip soles for the rocks; and respect the local people. Be polite. Don't take pictures without asking, or ask for anything without saying hello and good morning first. Be super respectful; it goes a long way.