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Rowan Anders

As a co-founder of Ukraine Culture Trip, I bring an international perspective to our team. I visited Ukraine for the first time after seeing 50+ other countries and, although I have fallen in love with the country, I continue to see it through a foreigner's eye.
My passion is in unique and unexpected travel; I love to find places that are off the beaten path, and getting to know locals when I travel. I have a favourite restaurant hidden on a ski hill in Japan, where I greet the owners with hugs, and my kite-surfing instructor in Ecuador has become a lifelong friend.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialise in helping people develop unique itineraries for their travels though Ukraine. I like being treated as an individual when I travel, and not be stuck into a cookie-cutter trip. I endure to offer that same service to travellers, making sure we understand your individual travel style and interests, then recommending something to make your trip memorable."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been a world traveller since my parents picked up our family and moved us across the world as an 8-year old. Dropping into a new culture (Australia) and exploring every weekend really planted the travel seed for me. Following a year in Australia, we travelled around the world for 8 months, so by the time I was 10 years old, I had been to 20 countries on 4 continents. As an adult this trend continues, as I have lived in North America, Asia and Europe and it's rare to find me spending a weekend in the country I live in."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Snorkelling in the Galapagos was like being in a different world. Surrounded by hundreds of sea turtles, playing tag with sea lions, diving down to see a giant sailfish and chasing penguins is something I will never forget. On one particular snorkel, a flash of white in the depth caught my eye, and I was fortunate to swim beside a huge manta ray, about two meters in diameter, as it was gliding majestically through the water. That image will stick with me forever."

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