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Simon Reeve – Adventurer, author and TV presenter
Described by the BBC as ‘one of the world’s most adventurous travellers’, Simon has spent more than a decade making over 70 programmes and is well known for his extraordinary journeys. His award-winning ‘…with Simon Reeve’ programmes include Caribbean, Sacred Rivers, Indian Ocean and Pilgrimage, and he’s travelled around the world three times for the BBC series Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and Equator. His thirst for travel and adventure goes hand in hand with a passion for wildlife, conservation, history, current affairs and the environment. To date, Simon has travelled extensively in more than 120 countries.
Sam is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller and ever since her first visit in the ’90s, has been hooked on the diverse nature of the Indian Ocean’s islands. From nature walks to surfing and diving, Sam has visited over 10 islands in the region.
Rachel has worked in the travel industry for more than two decades and has been the media spokesperson for luxury worldwide travel company Kuoni for the past two years. She’s worked and travelled throughout the world and has most recently returned from The Maldives, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Rachel is used to talking about destination trends, but has also been at the forefront of dealing with the many issues which impact on travel, from extreme weather to currency fluctuations.
Pól has been a freelance travel writer for a number of years and regularly writes for the Irish Independent and National Geographic Traveller. The ocean was one of the main reasons he became a travel writer, dreaming of planning trips with an excuse to pack a snorkel, seeking out deserted beaches and swimming among sea creatures. The diverse Indian Ocean ticks all the boxes for Pól, with cultures varying from East Africa to Indonesia, from India to Australia, and swimming with manta rays and whale sharks in the Maldives being a lifetime highlight.
Jo is a contributing editor of National Geographic Traveller. She learned to surf in the Indian Ocean or, more accurately, she learned to fall off a surfboard and get dragged along the bottom of the Indian Ocean by the undertow. Despite this, she’s keen to return, though perhaps she might stay on the edge of the water this time.
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