Originally from ‘up north’ summers working in Greece gave me a love of new adventures which eventually took me to the other side of the world. After finishing a 3.5 year stint overseas that included living and working in Australia as well as travelling through South-east Asia and New Zealand I landed on the shores of Brighton unsure of what to do next, luckily I came across Travel Nation and have been working here since 2012 in the product department.
Wet and windy Lancaster University
Travel Nation was my first travel industry position
Susan has visited:
Winter is my favourite season, cold nights, cosy fires and a glass of red wine, I think it’s the northerner in me!
Travelling the world – hopefully.
Spend time with family and friends, a roast in a good pub with great friends is the best way to spend a Sunday in my opinion!
Australia, 1 year turned into 2 then 2 and a half, the lifestyle had me hooked.
South Africa, I didn’t know what to expect but I was completely overwhelmed on my first trip there (so much so, I’m going back on my honeymoon!). The people are warm and incredibly friendly, the culture is rich and seeing wild animals on safari is something everybody should do once – I truly believe it is good for the soul.
The rest of Africa is very high on my list, Botswana for the amazing wildlife and Kenya for the Masai culture, my dream would be to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda or Uganda, that would be incredible.
It would have to be China, it is the first place I have been where literally no one speaks even basic English. Ordering food was a pretty alarming experience and the communist culture was so alien, the history is amazing though and the people so kind and obsessed with anyone who is different, expect to be asked for lots of photos! A very bizarre but captivating place.
At the side of the road somewhere between Vang Vieng & Hanoi during the worst 35 hour bus journey I have ever experienced, 1 rainy toilet stop (hence the side of the road) no food or water, a jailer-esque driver and a hold full of fresh fish. Not one of my highlights.
Getting lost in a kayak in Halong Bay was pretty terrifying, floating along in the pitch black until we came across a boat that sent out a rescue pontoon to bring us in. We had a good laugh after, once we were safe and dry with a beer in hand!
I’ve never been but top of my list would have to be New York, that would be an epic 24 hours!
A beach party we came across in Sri Lanka while chatting to a local, we paid for his tuk tuk there and we were in! A quiet night at a restaurant became an all night dance on a beach – the unplanned nights are always the best.
British TV, a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea and being able to speak to my mum whenever I like.