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Amber Rae Vickers

Amber become an Adventure Leader on the road from August 2018. Dragoman allows me to be who I really am; full of energy, super organised and alway bouncing from one place to the next....

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

How long have you got? With the unfortunate ability to get bored very easily, I did move around a lot! Dragoman sees job number 22 and one that I plan to stay in for a very long time. My past is drastically varied and encounters roles in many different industries.

From being a TV Presenter in Motor sports and Childrens Festivals to guiding snow mobiles and huskies in Lapland, Family Outdoor Activity leader in Greece to working as a Nursery nurse and play worker, planning celebrity parties and high profile events to assisting Santa as Head Elf.

I really have had a varied job history but wouldn't change it for the world. I have learned an awful lot but equally believe it is time to have a much more 'stable' role with a company that allows me to change my lifestyle by travelling the world and making holiday dreams come true!

- Why did you become Dragoman crew? 

Many times I had tried to settle into a well paid, secure role to be able to fund buying a house, marriage and possibly even children to fit into the 'norm' but it really didn't feel like me. I tried many times, securing exciting roles but always felt like I was restrained from truly being myself. Dragoman allows me to be who I really am; full of energy, super organised and alway bouncing from one place to the next.

I have had a thirst for travel for several years and I am constantly researching places across the world to plan my next adventure. With Dragoman, not only will I get to see the world and experience it in a great way, but I also get to share this with like-minded others and have a real impact on what is likely to be their 'trip of a lifetime'. There is no better feeling than sharing experiences and stories that you will remember forever and knowing you are having such a positive effect on your guests!

- What's your favourite destination? 

This is tricky to just pick one but Costa Rica does stay up there as my favourite destination. I spent 10 days in the country over Christmas and I had the best time ever! The country is so peaceful and has everything you could want; beaches, volcanoes, jungles and waterfalls.

The most used phrase by a long shot was 'Pura Vida' meaning 'No Worries', I'm sure everyone is familiar with 'Hakuna Matata' ...well it's the same sort of thing. The locals couldn't do enough to make you happy and genuinley were some of the loveliset people I have ever met.

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

I had a bit of an unfortunate accident a little while ago travelling solo where my passport was damaged. It took a fair few days to manage to be able to leave the country, and even once I had done this I then found out my flight out of the next country was cancelled.

A huge hit to the bank but I then managed to detour my trip via Canada and Iceland spending New Year's Eve at Niagara Falls. Experiences and friendships came from this eventful occurance that wouldn't have otherwise so I wouldn't have had it any other way.

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

Go Pro - capturing the amazing memories is essential. Being able to use my Go Pro in any environment just makes it the perfect bit of kit. As a frequent solo traveller, a 'selfie' doesn't really cut just how thrilling some of your experiences are. Pairing my GoPro with my Spivo Stick really was a winning combination.

This meant that not only were pictures and videos of great quality but I could also switch instantly between the landscape in front of me to the landscape behind me with me in shot! A great bit of kit especially when your arm isn't quite long enough and you don't fancy pestering every passing person on your adventure.

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

Enjoy every minute and be yourself - never changeOpen your heart and mind and learn from eachother, share your stories and you will look at the world with a much more positive mindset. To some extent I feel that I previously wasn't 100% myself, I tried to curb how hyperactive and imaginative I am to try and fit in with those around me. I am now the happiest I have been after I stopped trying to fit in and learnt it was okay to be different and 'off your rocker' as some may say! 

I look at everything in life with a positive attitude and no matter how big the issue or mistake is, it can always be fixed or learnt from - don't dwell on anything and most importantly, don't judge! You have no idea the reasons people do certain things and just because you would or wouldn't do it, it doesn't mean that is the wrong or right decision.