“By way of explanation – I’m from Zimbabwe originally and spent 20 years as a safari guide over there so my answers won’t sound like a typical hotelier – I’m a bushie at heart!”
Where are you now and where is your next travel destination?
In Darwin where I live and work – no immediate travel plans but I think it will be something local, like Arnhemland, there’s some seriously interesting wild country around here.
What do you like most about your job?
Well I get to meet interesting people from all over the world.
What do you always pack in your carry-on luggage?
A reliable torch! Force of habit from my safari guiding days in Africa, I feel naked without a good torch!
What is your most memorable trip?
I’d have to choose between Madagascar and Mount Kilimanjaro – both incredible trips for completely different reasons. Madagascar takes the cake from a natural history perspective while the summit of Africa – Kilimanjaro, rates as (for me) my ultimate physical and mental challenge.
What must-have travel products, accessories or apps do you recommend for any traveller?
Good camera, binoculars, bird identification app…..reliable torch!
Your favourite travel quote is…
“There’s no WiFi in the wilderness, but you’ll get a much better connection.” – Anon.
If you could be someone else for one day who would that be?
Can’t think of anyone or any place I would rather be right now.
Your greatest weakness is…
That would have to be cheesecake!
If you could travel through time – where and what year/era would you chose to visit?
Oooh, exploring Africa in the mid-late 1800’s. I sometimes think I was born 100 years too late.
As a travel expert, what are your travel hacks/tips for our readers?
- Do plenty of research, know what to expect, and if you don’t do that, then be prepared to accept whatever you get.
- If you can, use a reputable local guide, there’s so much they know that you won’t find in any guide book.
- Always carry a good torch!
- Never pass up an opportunity to get to know the locals, eat their food, enjoy their music and immerse yourself as best you can.
Born and bred in Rhodesia which became Zimbabwe, Brian Worsley spent 20 years as a safari guide and Eco Safari Lodge operator in southern Africa before coming to Australia in 2006. Brian remains in the tourism and hospitality industry and has managed Advance Serviced Apartments in Darwin, Australia for the last 2 ½ years.