Senior Tailor Made Travel Consultant
Lesley brings a wealth of travel experience to our Sales team, and is a Senior Consultant in the Tailor-Made Team of our sister company, Imaginative Traveller.
A Little Bit About Lesley
What is your favourite destination? Much to my mother’s distress, I started fairly early in the world of independent overland travel, journeying solo across America on a Greyhound bus when I was just 18.
I was well and truly bitten by the travel bug and (this time much to my father’s distress) I soon gave up a perfectly lucrative career on the London Stock Exchange to pursue my two great passions; travel and scuba diving. My life as a scuba diving instructor gave me a unique opportunity to work and travel in some of the most beautiful parts of world. Over the years I have been lucky enough to call the Caribbean, America, New Zealand, Fiji, Madagascar, Turkey and Egypt my home. I have travelled to over 60 countries and yet still I struggle to understand why my “to-do” list keeps getting longer rather than shorter!
What is your favourite destination?
It is so hard to pick a destination because for me, travel is about the journey rather than the destination. It is tempting to say the departure lounge at Heathrow Airport, but that is probably not what you want to hear. If I really must nail my colours to a mast, I would have to say New Zealand. This remote and sparsely populated land offers stunning and diverse natural beauty, peculiar and unique flora and fauna and outdoor adventures galore. The locals are amazingly friendly and the whole country oozes an easy-going charm that is all at once familiar, quirky and oh so refreshing. I simply love NZ!
What has been the most surprising destination you’ve been to?
Travel is so full of surprises! Cambodia was certainly a country that really exceeded my expectations; it offers the most fascinating slice of both ancient and modern history. However, the one country that continually shocks me is America; underestimate the diversity of its people, places and stunning landscapes at your peril.
What has been your favourite or most memorable occasion whilst travelling?
It is strange how the funny and the frightening always seem to stand out. In 2016 I spent 4 months hiking over 2,000 miles on America’s Pacific Crest Trail. During my journey I came face to face with black bears and rattlesnakes, waded through raging rivers, crossed miles and miles of snow covered mountains and made friends with the most amazingly eclectic bunch of people. It was an incredible experience and one that I shall never forget!
Where is the next destination on your list?
The list is long but the top looks something like this: the Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia, K2 base camp in Pakistan, the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, the Azores and the Svalbard Islands.