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Ryan Lavery

Ryan, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, has been on the road with us in South America, the Nile Route and East and Southern Africa since April 2015.

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

I worked as a Timber Harvesting Manager in Scotland for a forestry company.

- Why did you become Dragoman crew?

I thought it would be really cool to work and travel at the same time, and I just happened to stumble upon an advertisement for Dragoman at the time and knew straight away that this was for me.

- What's your favourite destination?

So far my favourite place has been the Amazon jungle, hanging over the side of a boat fishing for piranahas, seeing the enormous trees and all the diverse species of animals was amazing.

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

We were all in a canoe on Lake Panacocha watching the sunset in silence - the birds were chirping, monkeys screeching, and insects buzzing. No one spoke for about 15 minutes, it was surreal!

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

My head torch.

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

Get out there and see the world!