Sussex born and bred, I spent 3 years at a ski tour operator after leaving college. Itchy feet led me to the Travel Nation website where Haydn then booked my year long round the world ticket! A year later I returned to sunny Brighton and spent the following 4 years working in the industry and spending every spare moment (and penny!) on returning to my favourite continent Asia, along with exploring pastures new. I joined the Travel Nation team in 2009. I love cooking food from around the globe (especially Indian and Japanese), kicking back with a beer by the sea, laughing lots, getting lost in a new country and cycling my bike around Brighton in the sunshine!
Viva Sussex! Born in Haywards Heath.
I got itchy feet at an early age and decided to go travelling instead!
5 years at Pinnacle Travel, 1 year at Quest Travel. Joined Travel Nation in 2009.
Fri, 31/01/2014 - 19:46
Excellent service as usual
Once again Sophie has come up trumps with a great schedule put together from a vague brief.
Fri, 16/08/2013 - 15:51
The service that has been provided to me has been above excellence. No matter what I have asked it has been carried out whether its a visa inquiry, what hotels provide which service. I can honestly say I have never had service as good.
Sophie has visited:
Foreign affairs correspondent - dream job!
The Cook Islands.
Uganda. Such beautiful, friendly people and stunning scenery along with the wild Gorilla's which blew me away and made me feel completely alive!
Journal, good book, iPod, camera and aloe vera gel (for the obligatory sunburn)
Live from the rucksack!
Flying with my Grandad to Utah as a kid - he had never been outside of Europe and I led him through Gatwick, Dallas and Salt Lake airports amongst the frantic people to this stunning part of the world, with it's mountains and National Parks - it was my first sense of being on a real journey that I was in charge of, and I loved it!
This is such a tough question! The Golden Temple - Amritsar (India), New Zealand's South Island (in the essential camper van), Kyoto (Japan).
Soneva Gili, Maldives. Private, over-water bungalows bigger than my flat, with nets over the water, private outdoor showers, great diving, delicious food and excellent service all packaged up with golden sands and clear turquoise waters! Absolute luxury.
Mirissa in Sri Lanka. Beautiful sunsets, fresh seafood and great waves to play in! Plus Blue Whales can be spotted off the coast.
Ethiopia - churches of Lalibela and walking in the Simians - or diving in Micronesia
The freshest sushi going at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo and string hoppers for breakfast in Sri Lanka (brilliant, why not here?!); Camel in Kenya and Paan in India go down as the least enjoyable eats. I also tried a raw egg in Japan which did not go down well. You have to try though!
Hazrat Nizzam Uddin in Delhi. It's a Sufi/Muslim area that begins with lots of busy market stalls selling everything from plastic flip flops to fruit, chickens and Tshirts. There are beggars and homeless people everywhere. Kids run around barefoot, disabled people sit with open wounds, crying out for money. It is filthy, loud and overwhelming to the senses. As you get further in it narrows right down to a maze of alleyways - lots of religious paraphernalia hanging as far as you can see, music blaring from speakers, incense burning, men shouting. Shoes are removed early on as you follow the mats round. Heads are covered and everyone stares at you. As you enter the temple the music changes - people are singing live and after being accosted for a mandatory donation, we stepped around those laying on the floor and eventually reached the centre, where prayer takes place and families sit for hours. One really lovely girl who wanted to practice her English began explaining about what people were doing and suddenly the feeling of intimidation dissolved along with the language barrier and I could see real kindness in people’s eyes. It was hypnotic!
Agra. The Taj is an absolute rose amongst thorns. Food poisoning on a 9 hour bus in Laos wasn't very fun filled either.
My face became swollen after a night of drinking rum, smoking cigars and night swimming in Cuba. I could barely see and looked like Buddha! Had to have the doctor (moonlighting as a waiter) inject me in the bum while trying to act out my allergy to penicillin. It lasted 3 days then eventually started to to go just as I got stung by a jellyfish!
New York City, I've been a thousand times but my best friend lives there and it's just got an energy that I love - and amazing restaurants!
Cheese. Oh, and my friends - for the comedy value. Sometimes you just need the English humour.