Emily

Business Transformation Leader

Travel is in my blood – my father was born in India, and my mother travelled around the world at the age of 20 (quite a feat in those times!). They ended up meeting in Africa and I spent my childhood in Cyprus and Hong Kong.

I’ve since explored the world, working in North India interviewing refugees who had escaped from Tibet and spent a summer picking avocados on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2007 I moved to India for a few years with my husband and young son in search of a simpler life.

My most memorable trip has to be travelling on my own from India to Nepal via north Pakistan and Tibet. We waited 17 days on a roadside in China to get a hitch into Western Tibet through an infrequently open road. The goal was to do the Cora (three-day walk/pilgrimage) around Mount Kailash.

I started at Rickshaw in Spring 2019, drawn by their purpose and belief that good things happen through travel, and their passion for wanting more and more people to get to experience it.

Rickshaw destinations I’ve been to:
China, Nepal, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Hong Kong

Next stop?
Japan

I travel...

Woman meeting tibetan monk

To create genuine connections

I love to travel as it allows me to build genuine connections with people all around the world, even without a common language.

Experiencing other countries and cultures helps me to understand how others think, feel and live. This broadens my perspective, builds empathy and helps me feel connected to the world.

Family on a motorbike on holiday

To share my love of travel with my son

My husband and I are passionate about sharing our love of travel with our son and broadening his mind, so he can also connect with people, see how other cultures live and get to see the bigger picture.

Offering him an enriching, globalising experience is always number one for us, even if this means he’ll probably be off on his own travels or living abroad before we know it!

mother and son sand biking

To do something different

Travel is also enormously fun and takes us out of our comfort zone, creating memories and experiencing things we wouldn’t normally do here in Sussex.

I’ve done a 2,200km road trip from Cape Town to Namibia, shot a Kalashnikov on the Afghanistan border, learnt pottery in Goa and even spent an afternoon in a prison in China for crossing into a ‘forbidden’ area without a visa!

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