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Favourite Destination(s) Guatemala
Riding camels through the desert in Dubai at dusk and eating local delicacies under the stars!
Bring eye drops for long plane journeys.
Favourite Destination(s) South Africa, Valencia
The Exhilarating experience of a 4 days Wheel Driving on Fraser Island during a trip to Australia.
Pack light, clothes can be washed
The whole world...mostly Croatia and South America
Favourite Destination(s) Thailand, Canada & Amsterdam
New years eve on Chaweng beach, Koh Samui!
Mix with the locals wherever possible, they\'ll always offer you much more of an insight into the locality than any guidebook can offer.
Favourite Destination(s) Edinburgh
One of the greatest experiences i\'ve had was snorkelling in a coral reef in Australia.
Always know where your towel is.
Favourite Destination(s) Kinsale, Ireland, West Coast USA and Cuba
Round trip of the US west coast. Started in LA, travelled up Route 1 to San Francisco. Then on to Napa Valley, from there to Yosemite National Park. Finally through Death Valley to Las Vegas, before heading back to LA.
Research online before you go, makes all the difference.
South Africa and South America
Favourite Destination(s) Sri Lanka
Seeing the Taj Mahal for the first time, it literally is the most beautiful thing you will ever see, not forgetting the Tuk Tuk ride to get there through the sulphur smelling Agra!!
When going to India, Asia etc no need to stock up on toiletries before you go as they have everything you could need and more over there! (how girly).
Peru, Thailand, Maldives,Grand Canyon and San Francisco
Favourite Destination(s) Paris, France in the Northern Hemisphere and my new home town Sydney in the Southern.
Amtracking the East Coast of America in September 1997, a great end to a summer of madness.
Start thinking about your next trip before the one you are on is over. Makes getting back to reality much more bearable.
Base Camp, the Serengeti, Antarctica.oh and the office of the National Lottery to pick up a big, fat cheque to fund these fantasies.
Favourite Destination(s) Australia, Croatia, Italy
Partying until the early hours one night on a million dollar boat in Hvar, Croatia.
Ask staff in the hostel what are the best places to eat/go out.
New Zealand, most of South America!
Favourite Destination(s) Mission Beach, San Diego CA, and Kenmare Co. Kerry!
Road trip of California, especially driving into Vegas at night.. seeing all the lights for the 1st time...it was amazing!!
Bring an eye mask for long haul flights to keep the light out and help you sleep better!
Australia and New Zealand
Favourite Destination(s) Prague, Canary Islands & New York
During a recent trip to Jamaica I had the breath taking experience of climbing up a Waterfall.
Always bring your own Pillow Case!
America, Asia, Australia
Favourite Destination(s) San Francisco
Watching the sun-rise at the Grand Canyon.
Buy different colour drawstring bags (or sleeping bag covers), put t-shirts in one, shorts in another etc, this makes finding things in your rucksack alot easier.
India, South America and South Africa
Favourite Destination(s) Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, New York, Malvides, Mexico
Travelling around Phi Phi and Phuket Island.
Research into the place you intend to visit - it makes a huge difference. Don\'t bring a heavy suitcase or otherwise you will be overweight on your way home.
China, Australia, Chile
Favourite Destination(s) Koh Tao, Thailand
Crossing the Nullabar desert in a 26yr old jeep!
Bring a rucksack that opens from the front not the top, and remember the worse things get, the better a story it makes!
Finland, Italy and South Africa!
Favourite Destination(s) Garden Route - South Africa & St. Kilda - Melbourne Australia
3 day Safari in Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve & National Park in South Africa.
Bring small portable speakers to hook up to your CD discman, mini disc, etc. It saves the ear lobes, and it means your travel mates can avail of the tunes too.
The Rockies and West Coast Canada
Favourite Destination(s) Buenos Aires, Sri Lanka, Laos
4 day camping trip to the Pantanal in Brazil - slept in hammocks surrounded by jungle and got a wake up call at 5am every morning from a parrott! Went piranah fishing, swam with aligators and got to hold a wild anaconda!
Get a small backpack (not more than 60L).....people laughed at how big ours were! Bring a pack of cards...hours of entertainment.
Central America, Mongolia, Tibet, Patagonia, Japan
Favourite Destination(s) County Donegal in Ireland and Switzerland
Surfing in Lanzarote
Always bring vaseline for your wetsuits, as it makes them easier to get on and off!
Favourite Destination(s) Thailand
Has to have been backpacking through Egypt, gazing at the Great Pyramid, exploring the Valley of the Kings, sailing down the Nile in a felucca by moonlight, climbing mount Sinai, or just chilling in Dahab drinking mint tea.this country mesmerizes the senses.
Use the top off a water bottle as a sink stopper.
India, South America, Prague and Croatia
Favourite Destination(s) Queenstown, New Zealand
A 30 minute helicopter ride from Milford Sound NZ to Queenstown would top my travel experiences.
Have heaps of money so that you do not get to miss out on anything.
Canada, Antarctica and Co. Clare in Ireland
Feargal was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in February 2008, having served as Chief Operations Officer since joining WRI in 2002. He brings with him a wealth of strategic, operational and financial expertise.
Prior to joining WRI Feargal was responsible for financial planning and analysis at Baltimore Technologies, and previously held the position of Financial Analyst at Pfizer Inc. in New York.
Feargal holds an MSc in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University and a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Galway. He is also an Associate of the Society of Investment Analysts in Ireland and a member of the CFA Institute.
Mari Hurley joined the Group in May 2007 and is the Chief Financial Officer. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland having trained and qualified in Arthur Andersen in Dublin.
Prior to joining the Group, she was Finance Director of Sherry FitzGerald Group, Ireland’s largest real estate advisory company and previously worked at Bear Stearns Bank plc.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork and Masters of Accounting from University College Dublin. She completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2006. She was appointed to the Board in July 2007.
John joined the group as Chief Technology Officer in June 2010. Prior to joining WRI John held the role of Head of Technology at Paddy Power Bookmakers plc for the previous ten years.
Alongside his significant e-commerce experience, John worked in New York for a number of years including almost 5 years as a Technology Operations Manager for Lehman Brothers and was also responsible for the implementation of a newly developed trading platform (OptiMark) onto the Nasdaq Stock exchange in 1999. John has a proven track record of delivering business enabling technology solutions, is a recognised expert in the field of e-commerce technology and possesses a thorough understanding of what is required to structure and staff world class technology development and operational capabilities.
John originally qualified as an Electronic Engineer in University College Galway in 1986 and subsequently also achieved a post-graduate Diploma in Systems Analysis in 1992, also in U.C.G.
Carmel joined the company in June 2000 where she started off as one of the first buddies to the hostels working with Hostelworld.com. Carmel has previously worked in hostels across the globe. Carmel has a Bachelor of Social Science from University College Dublin.
She also recently completed a Diploma in Business Management through DIT and IBEC. A keen traveller Carmel has spent many years travelling around the globe.
Catherine joined WRI in 2001. She held various positions within the company before being appointed VP of Online Marketing and Content in 2009.
Catherine holds a BA in Journalism from Dublin City University.
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