Simon Wells


A bit about me…

I credit my first visit to Iceland as an undergraduate for inspiring me to become a teacher. Taking your students to a foreign country is one of the most rewarding parts of the job, albeit the most tiring. To me, fieldwork and opportunities to travel are a crucial part of a student’s education. As a former teacher and one of Discover the World Education’s Teacher Tour Leaders, I’ve led trips to Iceland, Italy and other destinations. Though my love of travel stems from my passion for Geography, I also lover photography, and have a curiosity of different languages, cultures and music. So far I’ve travelled extensively across Europe as well as further afield, often timing trips to coincide with spectating at major sports events or to run road races.

What do you love most about your job?

I had experienced Discover the World Education trips as a student, a teacher and a teacher tour leader – now I have the opportunity to create and develop tours to give a new generation of students (and teachers) similarly inspiring experiences.

Which is your favourite Discover the World Education destination?

Iceland, especially the more remote and less touristed areas in the west, north and east.

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

Plan well ahead. Consider a range of dates, if your calendar allows. When you’re out there, give the staff in your trip team roles that allows you to be flexible on the ground. Above all, relax and enjoy.

Have you found any undiscovered hidden gems in your travels to Iceland?

The rugged features and black beaches of Snæfellsnes in West Iceland. Locations like Arnarstapi are just as dramatic as the south of Iceland, without any crowds.

What are your must-pack items?

For general travelling – camera and an open mind. On a school trip – laminated lists of names and emergency contacts!


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