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The team

Sarah – Director, Planning & Operations

Having completed a degree in South-East Asian Studies and developed a love of travel & adventure along the way, Sarah spent several years living and working in the region before deciding it was time to get a ‘proper job’ back in the UK. Naturally this meant a job in travel, so her passion could continue and she spent several years planning the land tours for an expedition cruising company. In early 2005 Sarah was one of the founders of The Different Travel Company and ever since has been planning and operating challenges and adventures all over the world. Some of Sarah’s highlights from The Different Travel Company trips include canoeing down the Zambezi, seeing 4 of the world’s top 20 highest mountains during a trek in Nepal, and seeing the difference made by our very first group out in Sri Lanka just months after the devastating Boxing Day tsunami.

Pit-Yee – Operations

Pit-Yee has been working in the travel industry since completing her Tourism and Leisure degree and has spent many years researching, planning and operating tours worldwide. Pit-Yee has travelled to many amazing places and her highlights include being part of an Antarctic cruise expedition team, seeing wild polar bears in Canada and watching the migration in Kenya and Tanzania.

Jill – Sales and Marketing

Jill has been with The Different Travel Company since 2006 and in that time she has introduced the company to hundreds of charities and organisations. As part of her role she has travelled all over the world managing our challenges. Highlights include canoeing down the Zambezi and working on community projects in Africa, Cambodia, Nepal, Vietnam and India. One of the biggest impacts of the work has been getting to know the people whose paths she would never have normally crossed, including the street children, tsunami victims and Mother Teresa’s Sisters!

Ruhubia – Marketing and Brand Executive

Ruhubia joined the Different Travel team in March 2020 leaving behind more than a decade as a local journalist. The self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie has a number of travel highlights including being amongst the first group to spend a mid-winter’s night at the northernmost tip of Europe within the Arctic circle and jumping off the world’s tallest bridge bungee in South Africa. Her most memorable Different Travel trips include meeting her sponsored child while on a school build in Cambodia and attempting to trek to Everest Base Camp after a similar charity project in Nepal. She is a keen archer, an avid gym-goer and loves all things Italian.

Jude – Events and Team Coordinator

Jude has a background in domestic tourism and a passion for travel and has been leading groups since 2013. Particular highlights include star gazing from the dunes in the Sahara, the genuine welcome from local people whilst trekking in remote villages of Vietnam and the hospitality of the Nepalese. Other highlights include getting up close and personal with wild elephants in Zambia, watching the sun set from the Great Wall of China, hearing the school children singing in Kenya and dancing with the women’s groups in Mozambique.

Liv – Accounts

Liv has been part of the Different Travel family since 2019. Liv enjoys being active and travelling as much as possible to experience new countries and cultures. Highlights of Liv’s travels include gorge walking in Naivasha, Kenya, camping in the Masai Mara with her husband and two children, and tobogganing in Norway.

Julie – Support

Julie has been part of the Different Travel family for around 3 years after a career in events planning for a global safety company. Julie enjoys sailing and is a keen walker both in UK and further afield. One of Julie’s highlights is working on community projects in Africa. Some favourite places include Vietnam, Cambodia and the islands off the East coast of Australia.

Lexi – Tour Manager

Lexi is a keen explorer and mountaineer and has travelled and climbed in over 40 countries throughout North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. She has a degree in Law and Criminology and also enjoys trekking, rock climbing and going to the gym. Some of Lexi’s memorable experiences on Different Travel trips include seeing 3 leopards in the Serengeti, standing on the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and meeting incredible people.

Shahnaz – Tour Doctor

Shahnaz was born in Iran and lived in Germany for 20 years where she completed her studies in specialist internal medicine. She moved to the UK in 2004 and is now a partner at a medical practice in Havant. In addition to worldwide travel, she is a keen rower and pianist and loves to keep active and spend time with her three children and husband. Shahnaz has accompanied several trips with The Different Travel Company as a trip doctor including treks in India, Nepal, Peru, Romania and Morocco.

Andy – Tour Manager

Andy has been leading trips for nearly 20 years and has so far clocked up over 80 countries visited. As a result of time spent working in developing countries, Andy founded a charity called Baraka Community Partnerships which now focuses on projects in Zambia and Laos. When he’s not on the road; cricket and being given the run around by his young daughter are his priorities.

Becki – Tour Manager

Becki has travelled to over 80 countries on trips ranging from solo backpacking across remote countries to five star luxury tours. Her love of hiking means she often finds herself climbing mountains somewhere in the world! Becki’s highlights include: summiting Mt Kilimanjaro twice; trekking to Everest Base Camp; Grand Canyon hiking; working to protect wildlife in Africa; and travelling 7,000 miles from Beijing to London without flying.

Biss – Tour Manager

Biss has always loved adventures. Starting with a year working and travelling in Australia aged 21, Biss continued her travels with seasons skiing in the Alps, working in Greece and living in Japan. Having travelled through eastern and southern Africa she found her dream job in the travel industry, specialising in tailor-made photographic safaris in Africa. At home she likes nothing better than hill walking or trekking the coastal paths of the south west, ideally with a dog in tow. She has worked with The Different Travel Company since 2016 on trips including trekking the Sahara, Vietnam and the Great Wall of China, cycling in Myanmar, an educational trip to Uganda and project build trips to Zambia and Kenya.

Graham – Tour Manager

Graham has worked in the fitness industry for over 11 years, and is currently a gym manager. He has a great passion for the outdoors, which began whilst working at HMS Collingwood as a Personal Development Coach, which included trek leading in the Brecon Beacons and the Lake District. Since he joined the Different Travel Team he has led treks in China, Peru, Nepal and the UK among others. His background in fitness means you can rely on him to get you to the end of a long day. One of Graham’s favourite trek memories was watching the sun rise over Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) in the Himalaya.

Jan – Tour Manager

Jan has travelled extensively and her highlights including camping on the banks of the Okavango Delta listening to hippos through the night, enjoying the sunrise over Machu Picchu, and trekking the Great Wall of China to name a few. Jan feels privileged to support our teams and the incredible individuals who are passionate about pushing themselves to achieve their goal, and raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Jane – Tour Manager

Having travelled to most of the world’s continents while working in the ski industry, Jane is a keen adventurer who enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. As a triathlete who has represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Mexico and then Rotterdam, Jane loves the outdoors and keeping active. Since joining the Different Travel team in 2016, Jane has led numerous trips with some favourites including the Indian Himalaya trek and hospice care project trip, the Great Wall of China trek and trekking the jungles of Borneo.

John – Tour Manager / Trip Nurse

John has been leading trips with The Different Travel Company since 2010. He loves the outdoors especially mountains, deserts and jungle. He enjoys meeting new people, team work and supporting his team members to complete their challenge. His highlights from The Different Travel Company adventures include having a night time ‘bath’ in a rock pool full of ice cold glacier water from the Himalayas, with only a headlamp for illumination, the sound of waterfalls in the background and black mountain bears to keep him company, and the feeling of seeing Uhuru Peak for the first time and realising that he and the group were only meters away from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Zoe – Tour Manager

Zoe currently works for the British Red Cross in learning and development. She has travelled extensively and even spent a year living in a tent with Sean Penn in Haiti, after the earth quake in 2010. Her Different Travel highlights include watching eagles soaring below her at Triund peak in the Himalayas, bathing in natural pools and fountains in Vietnam and taking an overnight train out of Delhi. Zoe loves meeting new people and enjoys spending time with Different Travel groups and encouraging people out of their comfort zones. She will almost certainly ask you to play ‘favourite bit of the day’ over dinner!

Rob – Build Manager

Rob has been part of the Different Travel Company team since 2015, leading volunteers on charitable build projects in a number African and South East Asian countries. On these projects he enjoys making new friendships whether they be with volunteers or the local people. He particularly likes the team work involved in everyone coming together to work for a common purpose in order to benefit the community.

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