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Here at Grand American Adventures we are proud to be a small and specialist team that is dedicated to providing you with the best possible holiday in North, Central or South America.

Our Sales Team

Our Sales Team

Many of our team have worked or travelled extensively in the Americas, and some have previously led tours all across the USA and Canada. We are passionate about all things Americas, and look forward to sharing our love of this diverse region with you. Here's a chance for you to meet our team.

 

Chris - Sales Manager

Chris - Sales Manager

My favourite place in the Americas

If I had to pick just one it would be the Canadian Rockies. The breath-taking landscapes and well maintained trails could keep you busy for a lifetime. I never tire of the drive from Jasper to Banff on the Icefields Parkway. The Iceline trail in Yoho is always a great day out! 

One reason I enjoy travelling in a small group

I particularly like the shared experiences and the flexibility you get when travelling in a small group. Getting to know fellow travellers over a campfire definitely adds to the overall experience.

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

Much like our tours the office is a small group of like-minded people with a passion for travel. It's also great selling a product you 100% believe in!

 

 

Danielle

Danielle - Americas Specialist (and former tour leader)

My favourite place in the Americas

City = San Francisco. Natural = Yosemite and anywhere in southern Utah . San Francisco is such a diverse, colourful city with so many great things to see and do and it's easy to get around, Yosemite and southern Utah for their stunning beauty, amazing geological features and history. Postcard views in all directions.

My American icons

BB King, Steven Spielberg, Jack Daniels, Harley Davidson, Dr Seuss and Henry Ford.

 

 

 

Katie

Katie - Americas Specialist

My favourite place in the Americas

New York City on the East Coast and the Grand Canyon on the West Coast. I love the lights, atmosphere and people all creating a vibrant city which is just incredible to behold, but the true beauty of watching the Colorado River flow through the Grand Canyon just takes my breath away.

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

We are a team of travel loving, adventure seeking, friendly people dedicated to helping people have experiences of a lifetime.

 

 

 

Natasha

Natasha - Americas Specialist

My favourite place in the Americas

I'm still struggling to pick a favourite... I've been to 19 states out of 50 so far! Best places so far would be California (can't pick a specific place) or New York, Boston, Florida is also amazing!

Your favourite all-American food and why?

Burger and fries any day! ...with a milkshake!

Who is your American icon?

Jennifer Lawrence!

 

 

Nina

Nina - Americas Specialist

My favourite place in the Americas

Vancouver Island - The scenery is breath-taking, majestic and offers spectacular natural beauty. I loved the tranquillity and remoteness.

One reason I enjoy travelling in a small group.

It's fun! Travelling with like-minded people and making new friends.

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

You can talk about travel and adventures all day!

 

 

Aisling

Aisling - Groups Executive

My favourite place in the Americas

This is definitely a tough one, but I think my favourite place has to be Louisiana (can I have a whole state?). I just love the contrast of the slow pace of life in the small towns of the bayous, the buzz of New Orleans and the vast wilderness of wetlands with their fragile ecosystem of swamps and marshes.

American icon

Apart from my passion for travel, my second vice is food! So, I think that my icon would have to be the amazing, and often far from humble Hamburger. Yes I have had some rubbish ones in my time, but the all American Hamburger has been elevated to an art form in the US of A.

 

 

Andy

Andy - Flights Manager

My favourite place in the Americas

Boston, it's a city to walk around and it has a lot of Colonial history, with its buildings and traditional cobbled streets. Boston is renowned for its fish soup chowder as well as having some of the best fish and lobster eateries around. Being in Boston also gives you the chance to visit New England with its beautiful scenery, as well as Cape Cod where you can see the whales at certain times of year.

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

The satisfaction of knowing we are sending people on their trip of a life time where they could meet new lifelong friends.

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes there is a whole range of people who do everything from designing the trips to looking after the website, producing the brochures and much, much more. Here's an introduction to the rest of the Grand American Adventures team.

 

Andrew

Andrew - E-Commerce Manager

My last visit to the Americas

Rafting the mightly Grand Canyon rapids in a Dory rowing boat.

My favourite place in the Americas

Western Canada. I love mountain scenery and the Canadian Rockies just blew me away. The absolute highlight for me was the Icefields Parkway between Jasper & Banff National Parks. It's been described as one of the world's most spectacular drives and I would second that! Each turn was an unbelievable 360 degree panorama of lakes, valleys and glaciers..

One reason I enjoy travelling in a small group

Leaving all the logistics to the tour leader!

 

 

Aneesa

Aneesa - Graphic Designer

My favourite place in the Americas

So far... it has to be Yosemite National Park. It was just stunning! I'd seen so many pictures, I really wanted to see it for real, it has such a unique and dramatic landscape, so atmospheric. The day I was there it was a raining it the morning, so a bit misty at first but then all of a sudden the clouds started to dissolve and this amazing view emerged! It was magical!

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

We are a small team with a lot of personality! We are all individual, we are all opinionated and we are all passionate about what we do!

 

 

David

David - Commercial & Yield Manager

What is your favourite place in the Americas?

It has to be British Columbia. The scenery is jaw dropping and the air feels so clean. I just love the sense of freedom you get travelling by Canoe with your camping gear on board. It's a magical feeling to be self-sufficient; catching dinner, making a fire, making camp and enjoying a night under the stars.

One reason I enjoy travelling in a small group

Travelling in a group gives you courage to try things you wouldn't usually do. Whenever I've taken the plunge, these have been some of the most memorable times. Also you get to try all the local food when everyone chooses something different!

 

 

 

Gemma

Gemma - Marketing Manager

What is your favourite place in the Americas?

Monument Valley. Not only is the scenery absolutely breathtaking, there is something very spiritual about touring the reservation with a Navajo guide and learning about ancient traditions and culture.

Your favourite all-American food and why?

It's got to be the classic hamburger with a large helping of salty fries on the side! Why?! You can dress it up or down, but it's always delicious!

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

We are a small team with big ideas and I love the "can-do" attitude of everyone that works here.

 

 

Hayley

Hayley - Head of Marketing

My last visit to the Americas

I did a tour through some of the great cities and into the desert national parks of the southwest USA  My favourites were Grand Canyon due to its sheer size, and Death Valley as it's an ecologist's playground!

American icon

Adam Richman (Presenter of Man vs. Food). Just a normal American guy living the dream!

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

Our great friendly team and the excitement of knowing you're helping people to have an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 

 

Iain

Iain - Head of Product

My favourite place in the Americas

Bryce Canyon. It has an amazing lunar landscape appearance, similar to what I imagine I would see having landed on the moon. The hoodoo's, shaped and carved over millions of years pave the valley floor for miles and the view from the top, versus that up close amongst them is vastly different.

My American icon

Ansel Adams who paved the way through black and white photography, to bring the beauty of American national parks to the public domain.

 

 

 

Milly

Milly - Marketing and Social Media Executive

My favourite place in the Americas

For it's relaxed and eclectic vibe, San Francisco. I love cities but enormous ones can be pretty intimidating - San Francisco is the perfect in-between. It has so much to do and see, and such diversity within one city - and of course, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

What is your favourite national park and why?

Yosemite National Park is absolutely breathtaking. I also took my first major hike along the mist trail - I'd not been a huge hiker before, so it definitely pushed my comfort zone and endurance to the max. But when I reached the top, the view was something I'll remember forever.

 

 

 

Rich

Rich - Managing Director

One reason I enjoy travelling in a small group

There's always someone to talk to. People get all nervous about travelling with a bunch of strangers, but that's the best part! You probably have more in common with these 'strangers' from around the world than you do with some of your Facebook friends and work colleagues back home. What else would have brought you all together to experience the Americas in this way. I actually met my wife on one of our tours!

Why I love working for Grand American Adventures

We're a small group of like-minded people from around the world... just like our tours! We all have fun at work, love what we do and I get to travel a lot. The only job I've liked more than what I'm doing now was actually leading tours back in the States. I reckon that's why I'm still here, paying off debts for all the fun I had when I was young.

 

 

 

Sarah

Sarah - Product Manager

My favourite place in the Americas

The American Southwest, for its staggering beauty and diversity. From California's sun soaked coastline, to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, the Giant Sequoia Trees and surging falls in Yosemite, vast desert landscapes and the gapping underbelly of the Grand Canyon. Then there's Death Valley National Park, the hottest, driest and lowest place in America situated roughly 85 miles away from Mount Whitney - the highest mountain in the lower 48! What's that about?!

Your favourite all-American food and why?

I'm a burger fanatic. The bigger, greasier, quirkier the better. The Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas is my biggest conquest yet, with a record of 20,000 calories in their largest burger. I had to get a small... and shared it!

 

 

 

Simon

Simon - E-Commerce Executive

My favourite place in the Americas

Yosemite National Park for amazing hiking, enormous waterfalls and the breath-taking views around every corner.

The best activity I did on my last trip

I took the helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon and it blew me away. The moment you fly over the rim is an experience you'll never forget and to see a birds-eye-view of the canyon brings home just how big it really is; I'd recommend it to anyone.

 

 

 

Toby

Toby - Business Development Manager

My favourite place in the Americas

Banff, Canada, closely followed by Alaska and Patagonia. I will always be slightly biased having lived in the incredible Canadian Rockies , but my love of the mountains is a worldwide obsession. Alaska's rugged wilderness fits in with my passion of everything outdoors, mountains, hiking and an abundance of incredible wildlife.

One reason I enjoy travelling in a small group

You can go to the best places in the world, but if you are not with the right people, you won't have a good time. The small group allows you to get to know everyone that little better and share each moment with everyone in that group.

Our Tour Leaders

Tour Leader Brian

Our Tour Leaders

Although they may not sit in our office our Tour Leaders are very much part of the team. They are chosen for their unbridled passion to explore and  have hiked hundreds of miles of national park trails, slept under the stars and done almost every activity there and are keen to introduce you to the places that they call home. 

Meet our Leaders