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Patrick Aherne

Patrick has joined us from a beautiful little village in the South West of Ireland, called O'Brien's Bridge, in County Clare. He's exchanged the banks of the river Shannon for the highways of the world...

- What did you do before joining Dragoman?

Like most Dragoman crew I've done lots of different things! Im an electronic engineer with 7 years industry experience. But there was a 5 years travel gap in there some where! During that time I lived in Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Australia, chasing Snow and adventures around the world. 

I've worked in the ski events industry in Canada and N.Z, a chocolate shop in Whistler, construction sites in Perth, night clubs & a biscuit factory in Edinburgh, a ski shop in Japan and bars, restaurants.    

- Why did you become Dragoman crew?

The chance to travel to new places that I really want to see, while working with and meeting some amazing people is too good to turn down!

My sister did a trip from Buneos Aires to Rio with Brett & Ryan, she had such a good time she told me I had to apply to be Drago crew and here we are!

- What's your favourite destination?

Such a tough question! It will be hard to ever top the crazy deep powder of Japan or the amazing sea-life under the warm waters of Komodo national park in Indonesia, but i'll keep trying as long as I can. 

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

I think my first trip through Ecuador and Colombia will live with me a long time! It was a very adventurous trip with lots of incidents and action along the way.

We had indigenous farmers striking, diesel was in short supply, roads blocks, a broken bone on the dance floor, flights over road blockages, crazy Colombian mountains passes in the high altitude mists, but everyone kept smiling! So good times!!

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

A head torch is the cliche answer. But much more important is a good attitude! 

Bring that, a sense of adventure, resilience, an open mind to new cultures and experiences and you'll have a great time.

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

Don't be afraid to jump in and just go for it, if you have'nt travelled solo or to Dragoman destinations before.

You regret the things you don't do a lot more than those you do in life! See you on the road friends.