Marc

Narrowly escaping the "lawyer, doctor or accountant" stereotype career that is the fate of many Cambridge graduates, Marc taught English in Romania and Japan before becoming a door-to-door salesman in Australia.

He then spent the next eight years as a UK tax-exile, tour-leading in over 40 countries from North Korea to Mali, before finally returning to his London roots to head up the Product and Operations departments at Wild Frontiers.

Although predominantly based in the UK office these days, Marc still enjoys leading tours whenever he can and his recent travels have taken him to Madagascar, Romania, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Palestine, Macedonia & Bulgaria. Not everyone’s cup of tea perhaps, but giving the lack of shopping opportunities in most of these places it does at least save him having to buy souvenirs for his family, most of whom still think that he must be a spy. He’s not (honest). However he does regrettably now find that he does have to pay tax.

"Try to see at least one wooden “Gingerbread House” in Port au Prince. Some are quite neglected and may not be around for much longer."

Specialist: Afghanistan, Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Bhutan, Chile, China, Cuba, Algeria, Ecuador & Galapagos, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Iraqi Kurdistan, India, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Morocco, Madagascar, Mongolia, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Israel & Palestinian Territory, Romania, Thailand, Tibet, Tajikistan, Turkey, Tanzania, Uzbekistan , Montenegro


Interview

Q: Favourite city:

A: Sana’a in Yemen. With its 14,000 UNESCO World Heritage medieval tower houses, this is a city like no other.

Q: Favourite country:

A: Iran for its ancient Persian culture, stunningly diverse scenery but mostly for its incredibly well-educated people who are probably more knowledgeable about your home country than you are!

Q: Favourite meal:

A: Injera. It may look like carpet underlay (it really does) but I could eat this Ethiopian staple any day of the week.

Q: Most memorable journey:

A: Driving the Leh-Manali highway, crossing 4 Himalayan passes en route. Truly epic.

Q: Favourite travel advice:

A: Expect to get ripped off three times in every new country you go to. It is likely to happen at least once or twice but if you expect three times, you’ll be pleasantly surprised rather than angry that you overpaid on your water by 20p.

Q: Next on must-see list:

A: Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela which – for reasons unknown – attracts about a million lightning strikes a year! It’s meant to be an incredible (and relatively unknown) wonder of the world.