OUR TRAVEL EXPERTS ARE IN-STORE AWAITING YOUR QUESTIONS
If you're visiting a country you've never been to before, or planning a backpacking trip that will take you around the globe, it's important to be prepared. Between them, our travel experts have been to most corners of the world, so they're well placed to help you find the right equipment to take on your trip. When you're a long way from home the little things can make a difference, so find a travel expert and make sure you've got the right gear with you. And don't forget your passport.
Giacomo Puelles - Store Manager
Store: KENSINGTON HIGH STREET
Born in Peru, Giacomo has been living in the UK since 2009 and is a Trek and Travel expert. He's been on many hiking and mountaineering trips across the South American Andes, visiting Lima, Uruguay and his home country of Peru, and he recently spent 2 weeks traveling deep into the Amazon rain forest by boat.
Giacomo also lived in North America for 8 years and spent a lot of this time on road trips visiting all corners of the country, and searching out good rock climbing spots.
Lake Titicaca. "One of the highest lakes in the world and breathtakingly beautiful."
Tara O'Rourke - Manager
Store: COVENT GARDEN
Travel expert Tara hails from North Vancouver, so being based in London already gives her a head-start when it comes to travel expertise. As a child, her family would take her on road trips across the USA, and when she finished college, she embarked upon a backpacking trip across Western Europe with her sister.
With a deeply-rooted thirst for adventure, Tara then undertook a lone trip backpacking across the Middle East. Encompassing Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Egypt, she witnessed every aspect of the region - both the good points and bad - but considers Syria one her favourite places to visit. "The people were just amazing and some of the most friendly I've ever met."
Since then, she has lived in Ireland, toured Europe and spent time as a resident in Dallas, Texas - a place she would use as a base to roadtrip the American Mid West and Canada. Never one to keep still, she has also toured South America, ranking Southern Bolivia as one the most beautiful in the world, and recently joined the Haglofs Arctic Weekend in Sweden... it's safe to say Tara doesn't leave many stones unturned!
Tara's next adventure will be 18 days spent visiting Vietnam this summer.