We love to profile real people alongside the Carry On Watson brand to help encapsulate what it means to ‘Carry On’ in life, work and travel. Introducing Bel Roach, Founder of Trailblazers Travel who is creating meaningful travel experiences by partnering with local communities. 

WHAT PAYS FOR YOUR ADVENTURES (AKA, WHAT’S YOUR DAY JOB)?

I am the owner and founder of Trailblazers Travel, a responsible small group tour agency who create adventures that change the world. Hubby and I have a commercial building company as side hustle outside of Trailblazers that funds our personal travel. 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE ADVENTURE?

How to pick just one! Umm... selling up and living on a yacht for 5 years? We created an immeasurable amount of memorable moments during this time. There’s also an impromptu snorkel with manta rays in remote Solomon Islands, African safaris are ranking high along with trekking the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda to spend an hour with mountain gorillas! 

IF YOU HAD AN UNLIMITED BUDGET AND 10 DAYS AT YOUR DISPOSAL, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

(Far out this is hard!)â€ĻI’d be straight back over on safari in Africa. I had such an emotional awakening when I first saw these incredible animals in their natural environment and wanted to do all I could to allow everyone to experience the same emotion. It’s hard to explain Africa to someone who’s never been other than saying Africa changes you forever, it’s like nowhere else on earth. Once you’ve been, you will never be the same! It’s so true. 


WHEN YOU TRAVEL, WHAT DON’T YOU LEAVE HOME WITH OUT?

Packing cubes. Hello, why hadn’t I known about these years ago? I am a bit of a neat freak and like everything in its place so having my bag so organised while traveling and knowing easily where everything is screams pure bliss to me! 

WHERE ARE YOU PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP?

I’m off to Borneo again in January with our small group tour but outside of ‘work’ we are looking to overland Southern Africa and explore some new destinations and experiences for Trailblazers Travel.. When I travel I have to experience the real essence of the destination. I love to immerse myself in the culture, the food, the people and learn as much as I can about our global neighbours. As long as I come back with my heart, body and soul enriched and left the people and places a little better than when we found them, I’m a happy wanderluster!

 

 

Trailblazers Travel specialises in responsible, sustainable and ecotourism. They work with locals, to create adventures that change the world. All holidays give back to those less fortunate and allow you to choose the impact your travel makes. 

They have small groups tours to Borneo to see orangutans, India for Holi festival, South Africa, Botswana & Zimbabwe combo overland Safari, Morocco and an affordable South African Big 5 Safari all departing next year, and all inclusive so all you need to do is rock up at the airport on departure day! 

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