Ian Collier

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I’ve been lucky enough to visit all seven continents, including several trips to Antarctica & the Arctic, South America and East & Southern Africa. Living in the UK for 30 years, I explored most of Europe; also the USA, India, Nepal, Japan & South East Asia.

Top of My Bucket List

Kamchatka in North East Russia: Incredible wildlife viewing among volcanoes in one of the remotest parts of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’.


Some Favourite Holiday Experiences

  • Namibia: Quad biking through the enormous sand dunes at Swakopmund.
  • Greenland: Kayaking among icebergs in perfectly calm waters – beautiful!
  • Tanzania: Reaching the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and breathlessly gazing down on the savannah below.
  • Vietnam: Taking the famous scooter tour around the old capital of Hue, seeing the countryside as the locals do.
  • Indian Himalaya: Trekking for 3 weeks across the incredible ‘moonscape’ of ‘Little Tibet’.
  • Bolivia: A 4WD trip across the Andes from Chile to Bolivia across the Salt Flats of Uyuni.
  • Hawaii: Cruising the Islands with my kids and then driving a red Mustang convertible up to the North Shore of Oahu.
  • Brazil: perched on a boardwalk in the middle of the ‘Devil’s Throat’ with the Iguassu Falls in full flood all around. The Soccer World Cup was pretty fun too!
  • New York: enjoying a cycle tour of lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, crossing both of the famous bridges and weaving through the busy streets of Chinatown and Soho.
  • Caribbean : A week sailing around Barbados, Tobago, the Grenadines and St Lucia aboard ‘Sea Cloud’.  This luxury 4 masted, square rigged, sailing yacht is definitely one of the world’s most unique travel experiences!

Favourite Places

  • Antarctica & South Georgia: extraordinary wildlife and wilderness – quite simply the ultimate travel experience. If I was forced to name one place on earth as my favourite, this would unquestionably be it!
  • The Galapagos: Outstanding wildlife encounters on land and in the ocean. The snorkelling is superb.

Weirdest place I’ve been

  • A toss up between Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazhakstan to witness a Soyuz rocket launch and the inside of an Ilyushin-76 during a Zero Gravity-inducing parabolic flight 50,000ft over Moscow. The 1990’s were different…

Most dangerous place I’ve been

  • Mozambique in 1994. I’m sure it’s lovely now.

Last big trip: Barcelona, San Sebastian & the Basque Country, Oslo and an expedition cruise into the pack ice around Northern Spitsbergen in search of polar bears.

Where to next? Niue in October for a special occasion and Japan for a White Christmas!