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Chris Payne

Job Title

Assistant Financial Controller

About yourself

I didn't catch the passion for travel until after i joined the company. My only experience of the big wide world prior to starting here was while growing up and going away on the fairly typical family holidays around Europe. I can safely say travelling is now in my blood and a big passion on mine, second only to football! There are so many places i would love to visit, it's just a case of trying to decide in what order to do them in. If only i had more annual leave.....

What do you love most about your job?

Working in Finance and spending all day number crunching and playing with formula's in spreadsheets is probably everyone's idea of torture, but bizarrely, i guess i enjoy it! I also work amongst a great team of people with a passion for travel, it can't fail but inspire you. 

What is your most memorable travel experience?

It's hard to choose just one, but it would be between watching the sun rise over the sand dunes in Sossusvlei in Namibia or just the sheer variety of wildlife available to see in Etosha National Park.  Then again taking a flight over Angel Falls was rather special too....

Where have you been?

Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Morocco, Namibia, Portugal, Spain & Venezuela. 

Best travel tip

Try and take a small football or a frisbee with you. These are often a fantastic way to break the ice with the local communities you visit - especially playing football with the children!

What inspires you to travel?

Working for The Adventure Company has enabled me to learn out about so many countries and places that i previously had no idea where they were on a map let alone being a place to visit. It's now a case of trying to decide in what order i want to visit them in.

Which Adventure Company  trip is on your wanderlust?

AR - Patagonia Explorer, RV - Serengeti Explorer, KC - Classic Kenyan Safari , ZA - Zanzibar & Selous