Before exploring and adventuring took off, George spent many years as a musician, recording an album and gigging all over the UK. Eventually his wanderlust took him to the Peruvian Amazon where he lived and worked in a rainforest lodge for six months. After that, there was no stopping him and he began leading tours throughout Peru before he set off backpacking throughout central and South America. He then settled in Colombia for three years and became a teacher in a bilingual British primary school, teaching 10 and 11 year olds.
On returning to England and his home in Yorkshire, he began to spread his wings and started working as a tour leader full time; working in Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Oman, Iran, UAE, Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Madagascar. He’s at home when he’s trekking through deserts and rainforests and crossing mountain ranges. Anywhere there is wilderness and wildlife! He’s insatiably curious about the world and the people that live in it. George is also a working photographer; specialising in travel with a few weddings thrown in.
Q: How did you fall into tour leading?
A: I volunteered for six months in a Peruvian rainforest lodge as a naturalist guide. After that I got a job, working for an agency in Cusco and began leading tours, mainly in Manu National Park but in other parts of Peru too.
Q: What do you like most about tour leading?
A: Discovering new peoples and cultures and immersing myself into them as much as possible.
Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?
A: Really hard to pick anywhere but in general, I’d say the wonder of the Amazon rainforest and the vastness of Africa, its peoples and its wildlife.
Q: What was your biggest travel highlight?
A: Being surrounded by hundreds of big, angry, white-lipped peccaries in the forest in Peru. They were all snapping their teeth at me and really not very happy at all. I attempted to climb a tree but failed. Luckily, they all decided to move off!
Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?
A: A client once asked me if he could go off on a walk on his own across the Serengeti.
Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?
A: Definitely earplugs. They’ve saved my sanity more than once.
Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?
A: Stan Laurel. He’s a hero of mine and I reckon we’d get on well!
Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?
A: I’m sure I have but I’ve got away with it so far.