Amy joined Activities Abroad during her placement year as part of her degree in Travel and Tourism Management and has never left! She has now worked her way up to 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 been 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.
Her favourite part of her job is keeping in regular contact with our 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 any feedback from guests following their holidays and discussing it with the local teams at the end of each season to review each holiday and ensure it is just perfect for our families.
A big kid at heart, Amy loves finding really 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 either the kids are sat watching Mum and Dad take part in an activity or vice versa!
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.
Her favourite winter experience was taking part in the awesome winter beach camp in Sortland, Norway. She enjoyed sharing some wonderful stories around the campfire and just as the group were about to give up hope and head to their beds, the most incredible Northern Lights display began and kept everyone mesmerized as it shimmered over the ocean for what felt like hours.
- Lake District
- Oetz Valley
- Costa Rica, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
- Finland: Ranua, Nellim, Jeris, Menesjarvi, Kittila, Luosto, Kuusamo, Ivalo, Utsjoki Harriniva, ICEHOTEL®, Torassieppi, Äkäslompolo & Ruka
- Sweden: Brandon Lodge, Pine Bay Lodge, Treehotel, Sorbyn Lodge, Aurora Safari Camp
- Norway: Spitsbergen, Tromsø, Senja, Lofoten, Karasjok, Alta, Sortland