Co-owner & Director
I left the University of East Anglia in 1984 and escaped what seemed a very grim England by spending the rest of the 1980s travelling and working around the world. During this time, I found myself working as an English teacher in Tokyo, a landscape gardener in Sydney and a tarmac layer’s assistant in Alaska. Between 1991 and 2001 I worked for a well known travel company in London where I put my degree in philosophy and polities to good use by managing a rapidly growing team of people. In 2001, I fulfilled my ambition to set up Travel Nation which specialises in round the world flights. I set up Rickshaw Travel in 2008 after I recognised a gap in the market for independent travellers on shorter trips who wanted to get closer to their destination but with the groundwork done for them allowing them to maximise their holiday experience.
Rickshaw destinations I’ve been to
Where to next?
Back to Sri Lanka!
My favourite destination
I always meant to sell Nepal, in the early days of Rickshaw Travel (way back in 2008). Setting up a new company whilst running another company, Travel Nation, meant that this never happened, which I regret. Anyway, Nepal is probably my favourite country in the world and I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to take them trekking there. I think the people in Nepal are some of the most friendly I’ve ever met, particularly in the villages. Almost everyone manages to be pleasant and optimistic, usually despite having very basic homes and only a few possessions.
I travel to...
Remember my life!
Whilst I love my routine at home and no longer have the energy to spend months and years on end travelling as I did when I was in my 20’s, if I don’t immerse myself somewhere new from time to time, months and years can blend into each other. I always feel wonderfully alert and curious when I am in very different places like Asia, Africa or Latin America and can recall my travel adventures, people, and even meals from 20 years ago with far more clarity compared to my time at home.