A leisurely Europe backpacking holiday in December 1999 was Vivian’s first real taste of travel and turned out to be life-changing — and nearly life-losing — after she and a girlfriend missed the last funicular down Montserrat’s slopes. Instead of being bitten, she was smitten and thrilled by the prospect of having countless tales to come. Very quickly she discovered her interests — learning new things, meeting different people, photography, trekking and volunteering — can be combined into a single passion for travelling as well as augment the experience.

The mother of one firmly believes humour and a sense of adventure are paramount in any holiday. After all, the former business-technology journalist has hung onto for dear life Montserrat’s 60-degree rail tracks at dusk, slipped several times while summer-hiking down the Grand Canyon, and had her statement taken at a police station around Bac Ha in Northern Vietnam after witnessing a fight between two locals.