A bit about me
The passion to visit faraway destinations started with my round the world trip in 2006. Starting in Thailand I then flew onto Australia for nine months where I travelled extensively before spending a further month in New Zealand visiting both North and South Islands. I then continued on to Fiji and took in the breathtaking Yasawa Islands before returning to the UK via California and Hawaii. Other long haul destinations I have visited include the Caribbean (Barbados, St Vincent & The Grenadines and St Lucia), Borneo, North America, Singapore and Kuala Lumpar.
I have previously worked for two specialist tour ope-rators before starting at Bridge and Wickers in September 2013. Finding a career that has enabled me to successfully use my passion, challenge and improve my expertise whilst providing a flexible, efficient friendly service has been exciting. It has also allowed me to re-visit Thailand and Australia as well as specialise in Canada as a new destination which I have now travelled to many times.
Wildlife is one of my key interests and I have been lucky enough to see bear, whale, dolphins, seal, penguin, koala and kangaroo in their wild habitats. I am looking forward to sharing and extending my knowledge and feeding my passion with future fabulous trips!
My favourite place
Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I love its laid back island-lifestyle and it really does have something to offer everyone. From rainforest to rugged beaches, wildlife and stunning scenery – you can be as active or lazy as you want!
My favourite hotel
The Ritz Carlton in Toronto is is stylish and sophisticated in the heart of downtown Toronto. The rooms all have a TV in the bathroom mirror and it has the most amazing restaurant in the lobby.
My most memorable experience
My top tips
- If you travel to Tofino or Ucluelet on Vancouver Island remember to take mosquito repellent. Many people think this is not needed in Canada but you are in the middle of a rainforest and will get bitten!
- Make sure you visit Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. It is the only place I have come across that you can hold a koala and get a photograph taken on a postcard to send home – you will be the envy of all your friends!
- If visiting the Okanagan region in Canada, a visit to to ‘Dirty Laundry’ winery in Summerland is a must. Grab a deli picnic basket and enjoy lunch overlooking the beautiful vineyards and the Kettle Valley railway.
- If you are planning a trip to Montreal and Quebec, Sacacombie Lodge in St Alexis de Monts is well worth incorporating into your itinerary for a true Canadian wilderness lodge experience.