Where is the last place you travelled?
Actually, that would be Australia. I was fortunate enough in recent years to get to travel extensively throughout our very big and very diverse backyard.
Where are you going next?
I’m really looking forward to getting my feet on the ground in Europe and Russia next to meet our partners. Personally though, Turkey is high on my list.
Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels?
As a young backpacker, I would have said a double flannelette sheet folded in half and sewn up to be sleeping bag liner, towel, wind break, blanket, room divider, cushion, pillow and sarong to name but a few uses. But now with a hard case, that would have to be 80% Bushman’s DEET and SPF50+ sunscreen.
Why did you take up the role at Beyond Travel?
It was an opportunity to join a company embarking on a massive growth phase where I can further develop my product and operational skills within, while being guided by senior management that embrace creativity.
Tell us something people might not know about the company?
Over the course of the next year we are harnessing our team’s regional expertise to further develop our own in house portfolio of itineraries called Signature Journeys.
We are currently well known in the wholesale market for our Russian and Eastern European ground knowledge and customisation abilities, but we also want to be better known as being a direct tour operator.
We are creating our own new itineraries that we know are unique, immersive and packed with personality, drafted from collective decades of in-depth regional knowledge. It’s exciting to be a part of what’s coming.
What’s the main thing people should know about the company?
The cultural diversity, expertise and capability of the team. It’s like the U.N in here!
What’s your top tip for travelling in Croatia and Russia?
Croatia would have to be one of the most underrated culinary destinations in Europe. Indulge your taste buds as the locals have been quietly doing so for centuries.
As for Russia, it would have to be to share a drink or two with the locals. Scratch the surface, learn a few words and ask any questions you’d like answers to. You will both be deep in Russ-lish in no time.
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