I arrived at Travel Nation in November 2019 from another worldwide travel company. Previous to this, I was an Africa specialist working on tailor-made tours for safari, mountain-climbing and relaxing beaches across Africa.
From a military family, I grew up in Germany and Belize, not moving to England until I was ten years old. This gave me my bug for travelling. When I turned seventeen, I joined the Army and got to travel to some amazing and unusual destinations. On leaving, I wanted to make a career out of my favourite hobbies, travelling and wildlife, so I moved into the travel industry.
Born in Germany but think of Devon as my home.
Audley Travel for two years. Explore for one year.
Richard has visited:
Exploring the UK with my wife and daughter
Namibia. I always wanted to visit but when I finally went, it blew me away. From the stunning scenery at Deadvlei to the amazing wildlife in Etosha, it’s unlike anywhere else I’ve been in Africa.
My camera, lenses and plenty of batteries. Everything else I can do without or buy in the country.
In Laikipia, Kenya. My favourite place to enjoy safari and mountains, and only a short light aircraft away from stunning white beaches.
Moving to Belize when I was six years old
Meru National Park, Kenya
Flores Island, Indonesia
Plataran Komodo Beach Resort, Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, Indonesia
Saudi Arabia before it opened up to tourism
The Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
I’ve eaten some very strange things while working in the jungles of Borneo and Belize but the worst-tasting thing has to be Hakarl (rotten shark) in Iceland. Washed down with Brennivin (black death).
My favourite job I’ve done abroad was training park rangers and conducting anti-poaching in Kenya, a subject very close to my heart.
Cape Town – My favourite city in the world. History, winelands, coast and not far away from big game safari. There really is no place like it!
I always go for fish & chips when I return from any trips abroad. No matter how good the food is where I’ve been, it’s always my first meal back in the UK.