Travel has always been a passion of mine, but before I set up Overseas Travel International I was often left unsatisfied with the service I was being offered from the luxury travel sector. There was a growing trend of simplification, which didn’t work for someone like me, whose travel experiences revolve around the minutiae of complicated itineraries. I truly believe it is the specifics and minor details that are the crux for creating the most memorable experience. So, in 1993 I decided to leave my job in advertising to provide the service that I knew others were also craving.
To travel is to enter the unknown. To interact with local cultures so different to one’s own. To completely immerse yourself in unique landscapes and cities. To hear ancient legends and learn of endless histories. It is quite unique for a destination to offer all of these elements, but Australia’s Northern Territory does; be it down to its size, diverse climate or history. I’ve spent time with tribes in Namibia, trekked the jungles of Thailand and got lost in Moscow. Vast desert, lush greenery and thriving subwaypolis, each destination hundreds of miles apart, each providing me with special and lasting memories. Yet, in the Northern Territory, one can experience all of these things and more on one truly adventurous trip. Imagine traversing the parched landscape of Alice Springs before working your way up to the wetlands of Kakadu National Park and ending in the cosmopolitan cityscape of Darwin. Time off is precious, and the Northern Territory is a great way to maximize it.
Australia as a whole has offered me so much experience, allowed me to dive with whale sharks, camp in the rainforest, trek through unchartered lands. The Northern Territory, the beating heart of the country, is a microcosm of all of this. A microcosm of adventure itself. And adventure is so very important to me. When I travel, the landscapes must be unrecognizable to the ones I know back home. I like the possibility of getting lost, a risk of not seeing another person for days on end, the opportunity to learn from locals, following them into challenging, yet controlled circumstances. Ultimately, for me, it’s about being in a destination as exciting, as diverse and as unique as the Northern Territory. For an introduction to adventure travel, I can’t think of a better place to start.