Travel has always been a large part of my life, with my parents taking me on my first adventure when I was just a couple of months old. From there, I have been lucky enough to step foot on all 7 continents, partaking in several exciting experiences along the way. My favourites definitely have been climbing Villarrica in Chile, kayaking around Antarctica, and cycling through Jordan.
Whilst every continent and country offers something new and exciting, it is Latin America which has stolen my heart, and led to my passport filling up with an array of exciting stamps over the years. From my first venture into the Ecuadorian wilderness when I was 17 years old, I have since returned numerous times, exploring a variety of locations every time. During an 8-month post-university jaunt through the continent I was lucky enough to experience the vibrancy of Rio Carnival, hike to lost cities in Colombia, and discover the diversity of wildlife in the Amazon, to name a few. Since then, I have ventured through the glacial fields of Patagonia, the beaches of Brazil, and the wonders of the Sacred Valley. Latin America really does offer something for everything, with a variety of landscapes, cultures and environments at every turn. It’s hard not to fall in love with the place.
My favourite destination, by far, must be the world’s last wilderness: Antarctica. I was completely mesmerised during my time there, unable to believe I was following in the footsteps of renowned adventures such as Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen. Whilst there I had the opportunity to kayak round icebergs, spend a night camping on the mainland, visit the Vernadsky research base, plus take part in the famed Polar Plunge – a jump into Antarctic waters in nothing more than your swimwear! On top of all that, I also had the chance to see a large variety of wildlife; seals, whales, seabirds, plus many, many penguins! It is a continent which has truly stolen my heart, and to where I will return to one day, I am sure.