“It’s me!!!! I’m back!!!
My favorite destination is the World! How could I possibly have 1 favorite. From Trekking to find the Gorilla’s in Rwanda to Cruising on Zodiacs in Antarctica, Walking down Hutongs in Beijing, Dancing in Cuba, Visiting dad’s Army base in Vietnam, Dressing up as Geisha in Kyoto, Exploring the Hawaiian Islands and Many more. Too many experiences to list….I’m just thankful I have been able to do it all.
Even though my travels have slowed down with having the Kids I still have a passion for Travel and really would love my boys to experience what I have with my travels. It makes you appreciate what you have in life.”
Then there is us, John and Nilla, collectively we have been in the Travel Industry for a long time, like 38 years!!! no really I am not that old…LOL. With this amount of experience we have done and experienced so much around the world. So here are our special places…
“Why I favour NZ over any other destination?
Could it be I’m biased because I was born there? Or that they have the mighty All Blacks or is it simply because NZ pretty much ticks all my favourite travel indulgences. Like…
1. Unbelievably beautiful
2. Warm friendly people who want you to enjoy the most their country has to offer.
3. Pretty much speak Englush
4. Something different around every corner.
5. Food Food and did I say wine!!!
6. And my Mum lives there.
7. NZ has been described by many as the best of the world all in one place. I agree!!!
8. Whitebait patties on fresh white bread…yummy.
9. Everyone is family…isn’t that right bro!!!
That is my short, short list!!!
Now if you haven’t been there yet…what are you waiting for?”
“Where do I start, I have been travelling for 40 odd years now, my experiences wide & varied, incredible countries like Turkey, Peru, Egypt, Jordan, have been on River and Ocean cruises around the world, Asia, America, Canada, Africa and the list goes on.
However over these past 3 years where I have walked over 1000kms on the Camino de Santiago I would have to say that these journeys have had a profound influence on my life…
The lessons that I have learnt, the experiences, food, wine, people that the Camino shared have created lifelong memories.
To be able to share this experience with John has made the Camino de Santiago even more special, yes there were tears, there were rants, there was a few times when we wanted to walk our separate ways however we walked in the end together knowing that we had achieved something very remarkable. Boy I love what travel creates in your life, for me travel runs through my veins so it will be something that will always be part of my life.”
Greetings to you, loyal readers of the Travel Hub!
My name is Guy Cockcroft and I’m delighted to have recently joined the Travel With Purpose team here in beautiful Albany, and even more delighted to already be getting dubbed their “Africa Specialist”. This is certainly the best possible outcome that I could have hoped for when, a few months ago, I sent an out-of-the-blue email to John & Nilla Spark all the way from a little town in Zimbabwe called Victoria Falls, expressing my interest in joining Travel With Purpose as a travel consultant specializing in Africa. John has asked that I put together a short introduction for his weekly newsletter, and so here is a little bit of background about how I ended up with this lovely bunch of coconuts here at Travel With Purpose…
Having grown up amongst the elephants and baboons under the magical spray of ‘The Falls’, and having lived there on and off ever since, I have been a part of the tourism industry in one way or another for as long as I can remember. An only child, and with my father being a helicopter pilot turned airline captain, I have seen more than my fair share of the world in my 30 short years of existence. As a kid, I would accompany my dad on his seemingly never-ending journeys flying heavy cargo planes all around the world, mostly around Africa and Europe. During those times you would find me in a sleeping bag on top of loaded cargo pallets, hanging out on the wings of the airplane (whilst parked, obviously!), playing on the landing gear whilst parked on the tarmac, sitting in the engine wells, and generally just keeping myself entertained whilst my dad did all the important pilot stuff. I would wake up in a different city several times a day, and have to ask “Where are we now, Dad?” all too often! Later in his flying career, he ended up as a captain with Emirates, which only encouraged even more travel opportunities around this wonderful planet.
I’m still wildly passionate about my homeland and Africa as a whole, and so am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to work in an industry that allows me to utilize my knowledge and experience of such a magnificent continent and to put it to good use here in Australia. There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone who has only ever dreamt of Africa to get there and back in one piece, and with a smile the size of the Tasman Sea upon their return. It’s a VERY special place, and one that can only be seen and felt to be truly believed.
In my slightly more recent adult life, I have found myself immersed in the world of tourism marketing, graphic design, music & event management and am now stepping into the exciting world of travel consulting as a way to channel my creative energy and enthusiasm for showcasing the beauty of Africa to the world.
In my coming weeks at Travel With Purpose, I will be putting together a free downloadable E-magazine on the “21 reasons for Australian families to visit Africa sooner rather than later”. Apart from the 21 (very good) reasons, It will feature some beautiful African photography from photographers that I know personally. Whilst still a work in progress, If you would like to be one of the first people to read it, please register with your email address using the link below and you will be the first to know when it is ready. Alongside this, I will also be designing and developing a brand new website called “Africa With Purpose” which will be an information hub full of helpful African travel information, options and advice.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly if you need any advice or inspiration on anything ‘Africa’ related. I’m so grateful to those of you who have read this far, and I look forward to sharing the progress of my Travel With Purpose journey with you as we move forward and forge into 2020 and beyond!
“Africa Specialist” at Travel With Purpose.