Amy joined Activities Abroad during the placement year of her degree in Travel and Tourism Management and the rest is history! She has now worked her way to Managing Director via the role of Product and Operations Manager, whilst spending time working in almost every other department on the way!
There are not many places we sell that she has not visited during her time with the company and there are not many activities that she hasn’t tried her hand at over the years.
Growing up with a very active family in the Lake District, Amy learnt to sail, kayak and hike from a very young age. She was also lucky enough to be able to travel extensively with her family during the school holidays, taking part in as many activities as possible and making friends with the local people. During secondary school, her first ever job was at The Outward Bound Trust as part of work experience; whilst still at school, her passion for adventure travel was born.
Amy’s favourite part of her job is the regular contact with the wonderful local suppliers across the world, learning about their day to day lives and the regions they are, quite rightly, so passionate about! She also loves reading through guest holiday feedback and discussing it with the local teams at the end of every season to review each holiday and ensure it is just perfect for our families.
A big kid at heart, Amy loves finding unspoilt and genuine experiences that everyone in the family will enjoy and be able to fully participate in – let’s face it, it is hardly a family holiday if the kids are sitting watching Mum and Dad take part in an activity or vice versa!
A lot has changed in the 13 years of working at Activities Abroad and Amy now has two children of her own. Jessica first visited Lapland when she was just one year old and Jacob is set to follow in his big sister’s footsteps soon. Amy uses this new perspective to provide families with the best possible experience from their holiday with us.
Amy’s favourite summer experience was her days spent snorkelling with the local wildlife in the Galapagos Islands – including sea lions, sea turtles and marine iguanas. The playful sea lions were extremely curious and playful and an awesome contrast to the completely placid sea turtles who were just quite happy drifting along with their bale (the official term for a group of sea turtles) wherever the tide carries them! The marine iguanas were just crazy and travelled everywhere at 100mph! They were by far the most highly strung of the species of the islands. She fully intends to take her children back there when they are the age to really appreciate this once in a lifetime adventure.
Her favourite winter experience was staying with her family in a log cabin at Jeris in Finnish Lapland. Sharing Lapland with her husband, daughter and parents was just incredible after so many years of visiting with work. Watching the different generations each get so much enjoyment out of the activities and ‘simple’ pleasures like curling up in front of the log fire, having a snowball fight and sledging down a hill together were just magical. The real icing on the cake was staying in one of their Aurora Domes – Jessica too!