What drew you to the travel industry?
My passion for travel. Travel opens up your mind. As St Augustine once said, “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page”. There is so much educational value in travel; from exploring new places, learning about other cultures to meeting people from different corners of the world and seeing the world from their perspective. It enriches your learning experience, going way beyond what you can learn from books alone.
What do you love most about your job?
Being able to share my passion for travel and creating bespoke itineraries that will benefit the learning experience of others. No two itineraries are the same, so my job never gets boring too!
Which Discover the World Education destination is your favourite?
Anywhere in Iceland! Icelandic nature is so versatile and there’s no shortage of ways to take that nature experience in. One day you can be climbing down a volcano or lava tube and another day going up a glacier on a guided trek, with mountain hiking, viewing waterfalls, snorkelling, bathing in hot springs in between – the opportunities to explore are endless!
When you are travelling where will we find you?
Exploring off the beaten path or getting to know the locals and their customs.
Which activity in Iceland do you most recommend?
The Icelandic Lava Show in Vík. Seeing the lava flow in pictures or videos is just not the same. Experiencing the immense heat and power of the molten rock gives you a unique opportunity to be so close to a force of nature. You should definitely experience it for yourself!
Also make sure you point out the Huldufólk (the hidden people of Iceland) if you spot their presence in Iceland – finding their little houses around the country is part of the fun on any trip to Iceland.
What are your top tips for organising the best school trip possible?
Plan as far ahead as possible to ensure best availability and prices.
Balance out the itinerary between the educational plan and some recreational activities in order to give your students a rest from time to time. The best school trips not only bring curricular learning to life but create wonderful memories that will remain with the students for life.
What is your must-pack item?
A camera and sense of adventure. For Iceland, add a pair of sturdy hiking boots!