Where the Experts Holiday: Jonny Bealby of Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel
What do you like to do on holiday?
Holiday? Although people say I am permanently on holiday, I would say I haven’t had a true holiday since late 80s! It’s one of the drawbacks (if that is really what it is) of being boss of a travel company; wherever you travel you are always things of how you could make the place work for your clients and checking it out accordingly. All that said, the two last places I have been to that constituted a working holiday were Mozambique and Argentina… both wonderful destinations for doing things; I have never been very good at lying on a beach!
Where did you last travel?
Do you know where you’re going next?
USA for a travel conference followed by Mexico
Of all the places you’ve been to, what was your favourite and why?
This is the question I am asked the most and it is impossible to say. But if there is one place I could not live without its India – it’s simply the most ‘alive’ place on the planet.
Which destination do you wish to travel to but haven’t been there yet?
In your own area, what would you recommend tourists see that isn’t in the travel
There aren’t many place that are not one travel guide or another these days, but I’d say get to the places the FCO advise against… they are rarely as risky as people think: Kashmir, Northern Pakistan, even Yemen… but only do so after talking to us!
How do you plan a vacation? (guidebooks/website/agents/friends etc)
Call Wild Frontiers and let them do the rest! No, personally I tend to get on a plane and go! I think people can kill the experience by planning too much
Where do you see tourism in your destination/attraction in 10 years time?
Becoming much more hands on. We are already seeing that people are not satisfied with just seeing anymore, they want to do. While in Argentina recently we (my girlfriend and I) went to a working estancia, or range. We rounded up cattle, injected calves, tipped sheep, lassoed steers and learned to tango! Much more fun than just watching and I expect this trend to contin
Jonny Bealby is MD of Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Ltd ( www.wildfrontiers.co.uk) and will be at Adventure Travel Live, Royal Horticultural Halls, Victoria, London