Customer Relations Executive
I worked in journalism and publishing when I was young, and came by chance to Explore after a break of many many years bringing up a family. I’m so glad I did – I never travelled outside Europe until I came here, and now I have seen so much of the world and I can truly say it has been a life-changing experience.
I think my favourite country has to be Peru: there are so many completely different experiences in one country – Machu Picchu, the Nazcar Lines, Lake Titicaca, are just the obvious ones – and all are amazing. Namibia runs Peru a close second though, and I can’t think of the Sossusvlei sand dunes at dawn without wishing I was back there. Nepal and Vietnam are currently both high on my wish list.
I’m not really a foodie, but I’m prepared to try (almost) anything, although I don’t really like finding anything with tentacles on my plate. So I hate to say this, but I think my best food memory is the Blue Pumpkin in Siem Reap and its utterly amazing icecream! And the breakfasts prepared by Thanos and his crew on Explore’s Greek Cruise are so good that I was embarrassingly close to not being able to get back into my travel clothes to come home after just one week away.
My advice on what to take is more of what NOT to take. Working in Customer Relations, we always hear when airlines mislay luggage. Strangely, no-one ever contacts us to say, Guess what – our luggage arrived safely. Although of course luggage nearly always does arrive at the same time as its owner. So I now travel with cabin baggage only and can really recommend this. It is very liberating – no hanging around at baggage carousels, and no difficult decisions over what to wear, because there’s so little choice – one thing to wear, and one in the wash! And sometimes I buy a cheap pair of sandals on arrival and then leave them behind at the end. They’ll find a good home.