Travel runs through the ATW team’s veins. We asked them, what their most memorable trip has been. This is what they had to say…
As an adventurer and adrenaline junkie, I have made a point to do something unique in every country I have been too. – from driving a WW2 Sherman Tank in Texas to Bear tracking in Alaska, Zip Lining in the jungle in Honduras, shark diving in Vanuatu in the South Pacific, and getting married in a helicopter flying over Disney World. Travel is not just a passion, it’s part of my DNA. Now and again I do have a chilled out beach holiday to charge the batteries.
My first international trip –
I was 11 years old and my Dad had planned a family holiday to the USA. I remember landing in New York and being in the back of a yellow cab as we drove over the Brooklyn bridge as my Dad looked back at me. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing with all the lights and big buildings. It was a whole new world that I never knew existed and it’s when the travel bug hit me!.
Content + Creative Director
They call it amazing Thailand for a reason! From buzzy Bangkok to tranquil tropical islands and lush jungles, Thailand is a destination of endearing contrasts. I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in this amazing country and experienced its fragrant cuisine, rich cultural heritage and verdant natural landscapes.
A definite highlight so far has been visiting Vietnam. The country captured my heart with its natural beauty, Buddhist pagodas, beaches and exquisite cuisine and coffee. From bustling cities such as Ho Chi Minh, to cycling through a myriad of charming rural villages in Hoi An and the Mekong Delta – everyday was a feast for the senses.
Portfolio General Manager
A treasured memory was a trip to Morocco, experiencing the medina – filled with colorful souks and story tellers, the hustle and bustle of bartering with tradesmen, to the incredible cuisine on offer, riding a camel in the blazing hot desert to humbling encounters with locals, being invited into their home for traditional mint tea.
Hosted Buyer + Marketing Manager
I spent two months living and working on the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia and it all came down to the final match. With the work over, I found myself seated behind the France goal post witnessing every winning goal scored. But, the moment I will never forget is when they lifted that trophy and the skies opened up and showered the entire stadium.
Senior Admin +
I was lucky to do some travelling this year, before COVID-19 pandemic. It was a cruise to the Portuguese Islands. One of my 2020 goals was to travel the world and doing a cruise was top of my travel list. The fact that it happened, I will forever be grateful. It will remain the best memorable trip as it was my number one travel goal.
THE BUYER TEAM
Helen Van Tonder
Hosted Buyer Executive
Over a 15 year period, my husband and I have completed all of the walking trails in the Kruger National Park. An incredible experience to get really close to Africa’s Big Five – we were even mock charged by a lioness once on a trail; got between a female Rhino and her baby; tripped over a snake; fell behind and was followed by a hyena and was screamed at by a troop of Baboons – experiences like these really gets the adrenalin going!
Hosted Buyer Executive
My most memorable trip was my eat, pray love honeymoon in Bali. I’m not a very adventurous person but this trip made me experiment with very many firsts, from paragliding to fish pedicures and trying loads of new foods – my favourite part of the trip.
I was in absolute awe with the culture and architecture – stone carvings around every corner and the kindness of all the people. I definitely will be back.
MARKETING AND DESIGN
Senior Digital Marketing Executive
My favourite travel memory is travelling to London and Paris. It was the first time I ever left South Africa, it was so exciting and thrilling! I love that you can sit in a plane for a few hours and the next minute you’re on the other side of the world, with different people, different cultures, different food. Seeing all the places
I had only seen in photos or on TV such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower was magical!
It has to be my very first trip overseas. It was the first time that I travelled alone and I was going to live with some family in the UK. I remember how nervous yet excited the whole trip made me feel. The scenery and the culture was a completely new experience for me.
My trip to Mozambique in November of 2018. I was invited by a friend at the spur of the moment and it was my first time ever visiting that unspoilt and beautiful coastline. It was with a scuba diving group, which then lead to me doing my scuba diving course and then going back to Mozambique that December to join them in the ocean for the most incredible experience.
With out a doubt, in 2014 when I walked into the Reed Exhibitions building as an intern as a part of the SETE team. My experience came full circle when showtime finally arrived, knowing I’d worked so, so hard to get the nod to fly down to Durban, I mean my first ever time on a plane, it was my first ever check-in at a hotel, and obviously my first build, show day and breakdown.
My favourite travel memory was my first trip to the Victoria Falls. I was amazed to see in person one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and the largest waterfall in the world. The water making a roaring noise as it falls over the cliff and down into the Zambezi River below is something I will never forget!
My most memorable trip with out a doubt was to Chobe in Botswana! It is one of Africa’s most popular and exclusive safari destinations for a reason! Amazing people, fantastic wildlife and beautiful landscapes. The experience of viewing game from the water in a boat was a first for me – what an incredible way to do a safari.
Trekking to Machu Picchu on the Just a Drop challenge in May 2004, where I raised £3 682 is a highlight! Experiencing lush cloud forest, green valleys and high passes with breath taking views of snow-capped Andean peaks, while exploring fascinating Inca temples and settlements along the way was an amazing experience.
It’s tough to pick a most memorable travel experience as there are so many, but the one that really stands out for me is my first trip to the USA in 1984. It was my first trip outside of Europe which was really, really exciting. I went on a road trip with my family to New Orleans and saw the St Patrick’s Day parade, I can still remember the noise and the crowds, it was the biggest party I’d ever seen!
My most memorable trip was to South Africa. There were many great memories – from relaxing on Cape Town’s beaches to exploring the winelands and travelling by train from Cape Town to Joburg. But, the absolute highlight was being on safari. I got to see the Big 5 by day, and have braais by night. Working in travel has made my passion to see more of the world a reality and I am grateful to be able to do it!