Ray Pletts

Travel Specialist

Tel: +44 (0)1737 303382

A bit about me…

Before joining Discover The World Education, I was a teacher for seventeen years and Head of Geography for fourteen of those. I organised a number of school trips to Iceland over that time with the help of the experts at DTW and now I’ve become one of the team!!

What drew you to the travel industry?

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as a teacher had been providing extra-curricular experiences for students and I had the pleasure of organising over thirty residential trips for students to various locations for Geography and also skiing. This job provided an opportunity to continue to indulge my passion for Iceland and school travel.

What do you love most about your job?

Having the opportunity to continue to use my expertise in school trip planning to create itineraries that will awe-inspire students and teachers; whilst sparking a real passion and love for geography, and for Iceland and Norway in particular. I love helping teachers to deliver their ideal trip and being able to provide those little extras that make their time in the country authentic and extra special.

What is your favourite way to spend time when travelling?

I’m a big foodie, so I’m always interested in the best locations to grab something to eat that’s local and tasty. Fermented shark might not be it! A bit of research goes a long way in providing the best value and tastiest experiences.

What is your most memorable travel moment?

My most memorable travel moments have both been in Iceland. Touching down on this seemingly alien landscape for the first time in 2007 was something that blew me away. And one of my most recent experiences in Iceland, watching the eruption of Litli-Hrútur volcano with my family, was a bucket-list experience ticked off.

Which excursion or activity do you most recommend?

A glacier walk is always a highlight for students and teachers alike. There’s so much to learn about the ice but also who doesn’t want to wear crampons and hold an ice axe!

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

Marketing is key when launching trips and getting numbers. If you don’t have someone who has been before, take advantage of the option for someone from DTW to come and speak to the parents. Also, take lots of photos and videos when you’re away (perhaps even edit them into a trip movie if you can!) so that you can show them to students and parents to reminisce but also to build excitement and demand for the next trip!

What is your must-pack item?

A power bank. Although if you’re going to make a trip video, a good quality mobile phone camera, a go-pro and even a drone can really give spectacular results.


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