As a self-confessed travel geek, a career in the travel industry seemed the obvious choice when the time came to hang up my backpack and get a “real job”! I spent my formative years poring over maps and globes, day-dreaming of exotic destinations, although our family holidays were generally spent sheltering from the rain in obscure parts of the UK. An early ambition of mine was to travel to each country of the world in alphabetical order, but I soon realised the Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola and Antarctica weren’t particularly practical destinations, so that idea is still on the back burner for now. While my role as Sales Director at Turquoise gives me limited opportunities to work directly with our guests, I am never happier than when trying to work out the logistics of a complicated itinerary. I recently found myself enjoying the challenge of how to get some of our guests from Moscow to Easter Island with as few stopovers as possible, avoiding countries that required a visa for Russian citizens – something only a true geek would take pleasure in. My favourite Turquoise destination is definitely Fiji, specifically “Paradise 1” beach, truly paradise on earth and accessible only to guests of the beautiful Yasawa Island Resort. My dream trip is to Scott Base in Antarctica, and I am a mere £49,999 short of sufficient funds to make it happen.