Travel 

I was born in South Africa and moved to the UK when I was just 5 years old. I suppose you could say that this was possibly when my fascination for travel and adventure first began! 
Embrace opportunity, have trust in and challenge yourself: Example No. 1
 
I spent a year travelling solo in Australia on a working visa when I was 20 years old and that not only developed my self-confidence, personal growth and communication skills but gave me my first real taste of the freedom and beauty of connection that comes from travel. 
Connecting to others (locals and fellow travellers)
Connecting to the environment (the energy and sense of wellbeing that you can get from nature and varying landscapes)
Connecting to yourself (the insights you learn about your thoughts, behaviour, actions and reactions)  
 
 
 
After that trip to Australia the seed had been firmly planted and all I had to do was to nurture it and inspire it to grow and develop …..
I invested in a TEFL course (teaching English as a foreign language) and did 6 months teaching multilingual classes in London to get the experience and fine-tune the skills so when I needed to use this ‘ticket to travel’ I would be confident and ready. 
Whilst deciding what to do next, I asked myself one simple question.
 
What are your passions?
My answers at the time were music, dancing and travelling. 
That narrowed it down and after some deliberation and list writing (I've always loved a good pro's and con's list), I decided that since I was living in London, the music industry option would work best. I set my focus and intention fully on finding a job in that area and I found a job working for a small record company that dealt with artist management, publishing and production.  
 
I learnt a lot during my time in the industry, but there was no ignoring the fact that my quietly germinating travel seed had already begun to sprout. When it burst through the earths’ surface, and my mum sent me an advert from a newspaper (this may be showing my age!), looking for prospective adventure tour leaders, I was ready for a new challenge. I was to be sent to either Egypt or Turkey to begin a 3 week training trip and, if successful, would receive my own group to lead immediately. 
 
Embrace opportunity, have trust in and challenge yourself: Example No. 2
At 24 years of age I left England and headed to the Middle East, Egypt to begin a whole new chapter of my life and one that would shape my many years to follow. I left my family and friends behind and began a true nomadic journey, that became one of my most prominent life defining moments. 
I had no idea then that I would only return to the UK to live 15 years later! 
 
Without a doubt my career in, passion for and adventures had whilst travelling have fundamentally impacted and transformed my life.
 
I truly believe that travel is one of the best educations you can have, and I have been obsessed by its power and teachings for as long as I can remember.   
 
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