Nancy Thomsen

Travel Specialist

Email: nancy@discover-education.co.uk

Tel: 01737 214280

A bit about me...

I have a real passion for traveling and living in other countries to fully immerse myself in new cultures and broaden my mind. I was born in Belgium by Norwegian parents in a multicultural and multi-language environment. I was lucky to understood when just a child that the world is very large with all kinds of different people, cultures, foods, smells and geography, and a lifelong travelling adventure started.

What drew you to the travel industry?

I am a traveller so it is the best suited industry for me to work in, making more people having wonderful experiences abroad. Traveling is where my heart and passion lies.

What do you love most about your job?

Giving school children the opportunity to travel abroad and learn about Geography (or any other school subject) outside the classroom, and to see, smell and feel a different place and culture, opening their young minds!

How do you like to spend your time when travelling?

Hiking in nature and walking about towns and cities, trying new food and talking to locals.

What is your most memorable travel moment?

Volunteering one month at a permaculture project/hostel in the spectacular jungle in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. No phone signal, no internet, no electricity, yoga every morning seeing snow on the highest mountain peak (5700m) and the Caribbean coast in the same view. Epic Caribbean sunsets often including multiple lightning and storm centers all covered in a spectacular colour palette!

What are your top tips for organising the best school trip possible?

If you can, plan your trip as far in advance as possible. Be flexible with your dates if you choose a low price airline company, it can make the trip come in at a very good price.

Have you found any hidden gems in Discover the World Education destinations?

Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks), a rocky white cliff on the south coast of Sicily, the limestone and marl rock formation is in the shape of a staircase, hence the name. Perfect sunset spot after visiting the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

What is your must-pack item?

Tea tree oil (first aid kit all in one).

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