MORE Private Travel and Ashley go way back… to the beginning when he was fresh out of college and our full-service travel concierge was a simple travel desk for a single lodge in MORE’s Lion Sands Game Reserve. We have come a long way since then, with Ashley now heading up our team of Private Travel Planners, maintaining supplier partnerships, and scouting for new destination partners who will compliment and extend the MORE experience for guests beyond our own Southern African luxury lodges and hotels.
- In my carry-on bag I always have a pen and notepad (I’m old school), where I can always scribble down info as I travel and any thoughts I’d like to remember for later.
- I never leave home without a portable water filter – useful if I arrive in a place where you can’t drink the tap water.
- The kinds of souvenirs I like to bring home are small, quirky artefacts I tend to collect from every place I travel to.
- My favourite thing to do in a new place is find a quiet spot that will allow me 5 to 10 uninterrupted minutes to admire, take in, or connect with the area.
- Before I go to a new place, I always make sure that I have a folder ready with hard copies of my travel documents and relevant contact numbers, in case I need help at any stage.
- The question I’m most often asked: “Is Southern Africa safe?” As safe as any other region. I have a big portfolio of clients who instantly connected with the soul of this very special place and return every year – or have settled here permanently.
- My best piece of travel advice is have an open mind and be courageous – there’s so much to experience if you’re willing.
- I got my love of travel from visiting different countries in Africa. It’s amazing how one place can offer so many varied experiences. The fabric of each society intrigues me and I’m drawn to discover more of what’s out there.
- In my suitcase you’ll always find in-flight magazines (I’ve nicked – I know, I know). I love learning about different destinations.
- One moment from my travels I will never forget is… being part of a rhino conservation project for a day, experiencing first-hand its demands, the intense passion of the rangers, and the majesty of these creatures.