We are so pleased to welcome Chief Explorer Jazzy to the Explore Tours Perth family! A self-proclaimed adventurer and adrenaline junkie, we are intrigued to find out a little more about Jazzy 🙂
Tell us a bit about yourself:
“I was born in New Zealand which is truly one of the most beautiful countries on this planet. From as far back as I can remember I was fascinated by different countries and cultures and had this overwhelming desire to travel the world.
I met my soulmate and married at nineteen and headed straight off overseas on a massive adventure … which lasted nine wonderful years.
Our last stop before heading back to NZ was right here in Perth in 1986 for the Americas Cup. We instantly fell in love with this gorgeous city, beautiful beaches and warm weather … and just never left. My three amazing children aged 30, 28 & 27 were born here.
I am truly an ‘Adventurous Soul’ and have always had the philosophy that life is too short to sit around waiting for something to happen so I am always looking for new adventures, experiences and opportunities.
My friend’s call me a ‘serial career changer’ having worked in numerous roles over the years… as a waitress, barmaid, cashier, receptionist, bank clerk, accounts clerk, shipping clerk, sales rep, tax agent, travel agent, real estate agent and a wealth coach. My life is full and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As an adventurer and adrenalin junkie, I gained my Private Pilot’s licence at forty, trekked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea at fifty and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania the following year. I have travelled the world, from Capetown to Casablanca and from Las Vegas to Lisbon, while exploring all the niches of the globe.
Since my children left home I have had more freedom to explore new places and have squeezed in some amazing experiences such as climbing Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia, Kalar Atar in Nepal, hiking the Sandakan Death March in Borneo and two years ago I walked three European Camino’s back to back, over 2400km on foot.
My other passion involves being an Adventure Trek Leader and taking groups of women to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, on the Kokoda Track in PNG, tramping and cycling in New Zealand and camping and hiking around Western Australia.
I’m known to be always looking for new adrenalin activities and have gone sky diving, white water rafting, bungy jumping, hot air ballooning, zip lining and even drove a Tuk Tuk around Sri Lanka for 20 days… that was certainly an adrenalin packed experience.
Last year I trained to become a Marriage Celebrant so that I could marry my daughter.
I have gone on to create many magical and memorable ceremonies for couples on the most wonderful day of their lives. I feel extremely blessed.
So what do I do in my spare time? Ha, Ha, I don’t have any spare time. My life is FULL.”
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
“My favourite holiday destinations both overseas and in Western Australia are anywhere I haven’t been before. I am an ‘explorer’ and experiencing new countries and cultures is my ultimate pleasure.
Although, a little plug here for my native New Zealand, one of the most beautiful and scenic countries on our planet and of course the “Adventure Capital’ of the world, Queenstown.
If I can find time for some relaxation in WA you’ll find me kayaking and snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay.”
Your favourite Explore Tours Perth tour and why?
“I love our ‘Pinnacles and Lobster’ & ‘Best of Perth’ tours the most.
Watching our guests having the most fun ever sliding down the magnificent white sand dunes at Lancelin is the best. The squeals of laughter and pure joy on their faces makes me smile… and the same reaction as they wander amongst the Kangaroos and then play spot the Koala in Yanchep National Park, just makes my day. Then, to cap it off, a visit to the mystical lunar-like landscape of the Pinnacles… Awesome!
I love my role as a Chief Explorer and showing people the amazing backyard that I now call home.”
Wow, that’s quite a travel resume! Thanks Jazzy and we hope you continue to find adventure with us at ETP! 🙂