SENIOR TRAVEL CONSULTANT
Originally from Leeds in the UK, Gregg’s first big adventure was at uni where he backpacked down the East Coast of Australia for a summer.
Having completely caught the travel bug, he finished his Law Degree before finding the most travel related job he could find – cabin crew for Virgin Atlantic. After flying several hundred thousand miles, seeing loads of cities and serving a lot of celebrities he hung up his wings where he started working in travel on the ground.
Gregg started a highly successful career working for 5 years at the UK’s largest independent travel agency winning multiple awards along the way. This enabled him to travel even more extensively around the world visiting all 5 continents and raking up a staggering 60 countries!
Wanting to become more specialised, Gregg made the move to the TSTC where he quickly embarked on an epic Trans Siberian journey from St Petersburg to Vladivostok seeing the incredible sights along the way.
If you’re looking to do dog sledding in Ekaterinburg, Hiking along Lake Baikal, travel in luxury on board the elegant Golden Eagle train or just want to speak to someone with first hand experience of the TransSiberian then Gregg has the extensive knowledge to make that happen.
Q & A WITH GREGG
Why the Trans Siberian?
Having done a total of 60 countries now, I know how hard it is to find somewhere TRULY authentic and off the beaten path. Doing a Trans Mongolian or Trans Siberian adventure is one of the few adventures I have been on that feels 100% authentic. As it is the longest continuous train journey in the world its very easy to experience these unforgettable experiences such as chatting to a local on the train via google translate, tucking into freshly made Borscht in an extremely remote Siberian guesthouse or hiking to a totally secluded viewing point in Lake Baikal!!
Where is the best place you have visited?
Aside from the obvious answer of The Trans Siberian railway I have to say the Far East! I absolutely love Asia and the Far East has such a strong and unapologetic sense of culture that is hard to not fall in love with. China, Japan and South Korea have truly been some of the most incredible holidays that I have been lucky enough to experience.
In Particular China is such a huge and diverse country it is very easy to visit 2 or 3 times whilst falling in love with a completely different part of the country every single time.
Where next Gregg?
I am just about to visit the Baltic region and travel from Belarus to Finland via Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I am absolutely fascinated by the Soviet history (having been to several fascinating museums on my Trans Siberian adventure) and I am hoping to get under the skin of these lesser visited former Soviet outposts.
After that I am very much looking forward to heading back to China to visit the remote south west area aka Yunnan as well as Tibet before finishing the year on a sunny beach in Portugal!
Would you go back to the Trans Siberian?
Absolutely!!! As it is SO big, it is so easy to find different and fascinating stops and experiences along the way. Next time I plan to get off the beaten track in Mongolia and visit either the East or South Gobi as well as maybe even exploring the historically rich area of the Golden Ring.