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Alison Bourne

“I was always big on adventure and exploring but it never occurred to me how amazing it is to explore other countries as well”

Growing up, my family weren’t big on travelling overseas so I had only ever been around Australia. I never actually considered travelling until my cousin got married in Italy. Out of the blue, I decided to spend five weeks travelling around Europe after the wedding. It was the best time of my life. After finding myself eating pizza on the pristine Amalfi Coast of Italy and catching ferries through the Greek Islands, I realised I had caught the travel bug.

Since Europe, I have spent time relaxing in the South Pacific Islands of New Caledonia, escaping the Aussie winter in the U.S and catching cable cars in New Zealand. New Zealand is beautiful and it’s definitely somewhere I want to explore more of. After travelling around the hectic states of America, I realised that it's the smaller, lesser known places that really make up the best travel experiences. 

South America has always been on my wish list. Mainly the Galapagos and Patagonia for its wildlife. Working at Chimu has opened my eyes to how you can visit the polar regions and after a surprising turn of events Antarctica and the Arctic are now at the top of my bucket list. 

For me the thrill of travelling is in the unexpected. What will you see? What will you do? The opportunities are endless!