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Dave Petts

Supervisor of Dragoman's Trainee Programme, Dave, from Cronulla in Australia, has been on the road with us in South America, India, Central Asia, East and Southern Africa, and the Nile Route since March 2011.

- What did you do for a living before becoming crew? 

I was lucky - I knew I wanted to be an electrician before I left school at the age of 15. At the age of 20 I was a licensed electrician, and had my first working world trip planned. I am still an electrician but have found a far more exciting career travelling the world!

- Why did you become Dragoman crew? 

After 3 separate overlanding trips as a passenger, my excitement for this type of remote adventure travel appealed to me so much I decided to apply to work for the company that I felt had the most to offer - considering all aspects, that was clearly Dragoman.

- What's your favourite destination? 

I love India - with 1.2 billion people, sure its a little crowded, but it's excitingly hectic, colourful, and beautiful at the same time. The amazing food, beaches, sunsets, cities, and landscapes make India so appealing!

- What has been your favourite or most memorable occasion on the road?

My most memorable was in Peru, at 5000m above sea level, freezing conditions and a lot of snow. We came across a mini-van full of locals that had slid off the icy road and into a deep ditch - they had been trapped for 10 hours overnight in sub-zero temperatures, with no food, water, blankets or anyone to help. Dragoman did - our passengers shared their food, sleeping bags, and water with the Peruvians while the crew dug an ice cave under the van to secure it with steel ropes in the hope of pulling it back up to the road without rolling over. We did it, and we made it happen as a team... there were tears of happness all round. We got their van started and followed them to the safety of the nearest town, I will never forget it - that's overlanding.

- What's the most essential item in your backpack? 

Toilet paper is very handy!

- What is your one piece of advice to future overlanders/passengers? 

You deserve it - life is too short, challenge yourself and your soul, explore the world, make new friends, live outside the circle... it's a beautiful feeling.