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Penny Henderson

Business Development Manager NZ

After 7 years, teaching became very "ground hog day" so I retrained as a commercial artist and ran away on a Sundowners Overland tour of Nepal, India and Pakistan to visit England and change my career. Instead of becoming a willow worker and artist as intended, I found myself back in Australia working for a travel wholesaler promoting and selling dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef. I changed companies a number of times but have remained in the travel industry in a variety of positions including sales and marketing for a 350 seat cabaret restaurant, retail travel agent, travel industry curriculum writer, regional information centre manager, promoting Fiji from 1996 to 2002, and wholesaling random Asia places and experiences.

What do you love most about overland travel?Meeting new people, absorbing new arts/cultures/foods, and being challenged by things new and unexpected. Which of the Vodkatrain destinations fascinates you most? Lake Baikal. It is the worlds largest/deepest reservoir of fresh water and the extremes of temperature will make it fabulous and different no matter when its visited. What is your most memorable travel experience? I visited Rajistan again a couple of years ago and was treated to a plethora of experiences that exist together only in fiction. I stayed in forts and palaces, rode camels, played elephant polo and partied on a rooftop, drinking wonderful Indian red wine while watching the sun go down. Which Sundowners Overland journeys are on your wish list and why? Singapore to London would have to be my number one. What an amazing commitment and the route is things that films are made of. Second would have to be the Grand Asian Caravan. Again a fabulous commitment and to see and experience the Silk Road would be an unforgettable experience and one that is way up there on my bucket list. What is your favourite season to travel and why? Autumn. The colours are amazing and there is still the warmth of summer without it being too hot. If its early autumn it still feels like summer and if it is late autumn you can get the winter preview. Where have you travelled in the world ? New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Niue, Cook Islands, Hawaii, USA, Mexico, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, UAE - Dubai, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, (East Germany when it was still a separate country), Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Lichtenstein.

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