From the time I had my first Geography lesson at secondary school, I have been consumed by a desire to travel the world … to experience new cultures and landscapes, meet new people and discover places far away from the usual tourist routes.
My adventures into the unknown began when I was invited to stay with my uncle and his family in Vietnam in 2007. At the time there were few tourists in the country and this was to be my first taste of travel in the developing world.
I was immediately hooked and following three years studying Geography at Durham University, I again journeyed into the unknown, this time spending six months travelling around South and East Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Australia and Canada. For a few years my thirst for adventure was kept at bay with shorter trips to the likes of Egypt and Europe. However, in 2008 I again embarked on another 6 month trip, returning to South Africa once again to work on a lion monitoring project, before exploring South America and the Middle East. It was on this trip that I fulfilled a lifelong ambition to travel deep into the Amazon Rainforest, where I helped collect data for a biodiversity research programme.