As the youngest of a big family Phoebe loved to hear about the travels of her brothers and sisters whilst growing up. Their exotic trips to places such as India, China, Vietnam and Africa inspired her and gave her the confidence to set off by herself at the age of 18 to live for a year in Peru. She spent this time working in an orphanage in the remote village of Caravelí. This experience enabled her to travel widely through Peru, Ecuador and Columbia, and also resulted in her adding Spanish to her history degree at Exeter university, allowing another chance to live abroad.
Whilst at university her summers were spent travelling as much as possible, predominantly backpacking across northern/eastern Spain, Italy and eastern Europe. She spent her third year of university living in Granada, where she had a fantastic year teaching in bi-lingual schools. It was here that she fell in love with Spanish culture, spending as many weekends as possible exploring the different regions and joining in any local festivals in Andalucía. She hopes to live abroad again, but for now she is excited to be working for Wild Frontiers and to learn more about the travel industry.
Q: Favourite city:
A: Granada. I love the culture, architecture, history, the friendly nature of the people, and of course the free tapas!
Q: Favourite country:
A: Peru! The people are so friendly, the food is fantastic, the vast landscapes you get within the country are amazing, and I love Peruvian Spanish.
Q: Favourite meal:
A: In the Peruvian Amazon, Madre de Dios, we went fishing for piranhas. The ones caught were then smoked and cooked in this little shack for us and served hot with lots of fresh salads. Despite my reservations the fish was delicious and being in the jungle made the meal especially memorable.
Q: Most memorable journey:
A: The local ten-hour night bus from Arequipa to Caravelí, where I was volunteering. I was sandwiched at the front of a bus full of locals and animals. The front window screen was broken and as the altitude gradually got higher, I spent the whole journey watching the front window screen slowly crack in various places whilst feeling car sick from the drivers manic swerving along the Pan-American sur. All the locals were fast asleep and oblivious whilst I sat there terrified.
Q: Favourite travel advice:
A: Wherever you go, go with an open mind. Be willing to learn about the culture, listen and observe, give everything a go and try the local delicacies!
Q: Next on must-see list:
A: Definitely a hard question as there so many places around the world I want to go to, but my top ones at the moment are Argentina, India, Nepal and Guatemala.