Rose picked up the travel bug at an early age. With her father in the Army she moved around a lot as a child, but it was a trip to South Africa to see the battlefields of the Boer War and the Zulu War at the age of 14 that really made an impression. She has been working and travelling all over the world ever since. Rose has a Masters in International Development and has worked for charities in India, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: Having lived and worked abroad with charities, I wanted a change and looked to the travel business as I felt tour leading would provide invaluable experience and still take me to exciting places.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: It's a great way to see the world and you get to meet such a wide variety of people. Every trip is completely different.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: Hard to say. Anywhere that has mountains! I love India and I keep going back there. I also love the English countryside! When the sun shines, you can’t beat it.
Q: What has been your biggest travel highlight?
A: A few years ago, my father organised an expedition riding over the Andes from Argentina into Chile and back again. It was a real adventure. Also on the expedition was my fiancé – it was where we met.
Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?
A: When I worked in South Africa one guest asked if there was a statue of Michael Caine at Rorkes Drift.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: A good book.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: Michael Palin would be fun!
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: I’m sure there are many more than I know about…