Having grown up in the South Pacific in Fiji and Samoa, travel was always in my blood so I guess it’s no surprise I ended up working in travel. I graduated from university with a degree in Modern Languages and then spent several years leading activity holidays worldwide before co-founding Archipelago Choice in 1998.
The Azores has always been my first love ever since I guided walking holidays there back in 1996. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful – parts are very similar to the South Island of New Zealand – but it’s the people that really make it exceptional. They are so friendly and open, even our clients find they make friends after just a few days on an island. I feel very blessed that we are in a position to introduce our many guests to the Azores as well as being able to work with and benefit the many drivers, guesthouse owners, activity providers we consider our partners.
My husband, Ian, and I have 2 children so they also get to visit our archipelagos and it’s this experience that really helps me when I’m putting together family holidays. We’ve had some fantastic family adventures – canyoning in the Azores, hiking and taking pick-up trucks around Cape Verde and more recently a real adventure in our new destination, Sao Tome and Principe.
We live in beautiful Keswick in the North Lakes and outside of work and family, I love to go running and racing in the fells.