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Posted on: Tuesday July 16, 2019
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How I got to here in the travel business

How I Got To Where I Am

I was born to be traveller, but I didn't know it until my first trip to Mazatlan, Mexico. I was in my early 20’s. It was my first exposure to warm, sandy beaches. But what really hooked me was Mazatlan’s downtown public market.

I was absolutely captivated by all the different fruits and vegetables, the wild hawkers reaching out get my attention from stalls selling everything from t-shirts to tomatillos. I still love local markets, the foods, the bartering. The photo below is from the Otavalo in Ecuador taken on the Day of the Dead (All Saints Day)with their famous bread dolls.

Since then I’ve been all over Latin America. I studied Spanish in Mexico City and Antigua, Guatemala. Not satisfied with that that I decided to make a career in international tourism. I got back to Canada and studied tour and travel getting a certificate in International Tour Planning. I am also a graduate from the Forum for International Trade Training, Canada's only certified international trade training institute in Ottawa. I am very comfortable in the world of international goods, services, logistics and finance.

I’ve worked for, managed, and owned tour companies. I've taught international tour planning, tour guiding and ecotourism for Mount Royal in Calgary. I've worked for Canadian tour companies, Mexican companies and Italian owned companies. I consider myself an expert in tours and I have specialist knowledge of the Latin world, and great working knowledge Australia and the South Pacific, Italy and the Med, Scotland, Ireland and England.

I am also an amateur naturalist. (I have a technical diploma in Biological Sciences.) When I discovered ecolodges a whole new world opened up and since then I've also been active in the ecotourism industry. I have organised many natural history groups and personal trips to Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, Brazil, Peru, the Galapagos, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and of course Mexico.

I have explored my share of beaches too, far too many to list, from the white sand coral atolls of the South Pacific to the red sand dunes of Prince Edward Island.

Look over this site for travel ideas and stories from places I've visited and then call me for an initial consultation with no obligation or fee. Contact me below on this page or call me.


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