The best way to encourage folks to look after something, is to get them to use it and appreciate it... that's how I feel about planet earth and travel. Explore, discover, linger and wander... do you whatever you need to do to truly love this world and do your best to share it and help others to appreciate it and love it too. Mountains and oceans are my passion, the flat stuff is how you get to them - but that's a worthwhile part of it all as well.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"The Himalaya region: Nepal, Bhutan, India, Tibet and Pakistan.
I've also travelled extensively in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Tibet and all over Europe. Plus some visits to North, Central and South America."
How did you get involved in travel?
"Kids camps, Scouts and a desire to get out of the house whenever possible! The outdoors has always been a part of my life, four walls seem so confining. I travelled around the world after university and that was the beginning of a new life. For many years I worked to fund the next trip, then I ran a travel business believing the next trip would be funded by clients. It was all successful, I explored, the bank account was healthy most of the time, and finally I said I just want to immerse myself for a while. So, I spent 10 years researching, mapping and documenting the Great Himalaya Trail. I still trek, I do a few tourism consulting projects and my passion for the hills rages still."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"The process of travelling and the world you live in while on the road is always my favourite experience. There is no one single reflection, because there are so many. Each day, different moments appear in my memory, some as fleeting as an impression or smell, others stronger: sharing a view with friends, the sense of accomplishment on a pass, laughter with strangers. I hope I never forget any of them."