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Julie Gabbott

Julie, from Preston in the UK, has been on the road with us in South America, India, Central Asia, Southern Africa and West Africa since September 2013. In 2018 she won the Wanderlust Guide of the Year so we are incredibly proud of our "Jules".

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

I was working ski seasons in the French Alps before joining Dragoman, but I also lived and worked in New Zealand, and Australia. I have worked in hospitality, travel and tourism most of my life.

- Why did you become Dragoman crew? 

I joined Dragoman because I think I am addicted to travel! It is such a diverse planet we live on, and now I get to explore the world from our Dragoman trucks, and share that experience with like minded people.

- What's your favourite destination? 

Thats really difficult as I like different destinations for different reasons, but a few stand out...

Patagonia (South America), Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan - I love vast open landscapes, mountains and untouched wilderness, and these 3 destinations tick all the boxes.

India’s immense culture and overall intensity is something you have to experience for yourself, it should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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

Again so many...dancing in a blizzard whilst hiking above 4000m on the Wild Andes Trek, Seeing the Wilderbeest Migration in the Serenegti and seeing Mountain Gorillas up close  in Uganda was pretty special too.

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

My thermos cup!

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

Be sure to interact with everyone as you travel, don’t be afraid to smile and wave. You will realise what a friendly world we live in!

 

Read about Julie's adventures driving the Western Trans Africa.