What do you do?I research and design adventure holidays for our winter brochure. That means meeting and negotiating with local suppliers in Scandinavia and even the Arctic Circle, and trying everything - from dog-sledding and snow-mobiling to cross-country skiing and bobsledding.
How did you get the job?
I always wanted to work in adventure travel. I did a tourism degree and then a few ski seasons in Val d'Irene, France, working in a restaurant.
I got a sales job here in '95, then did four years as a tour leader, leading adventure tours and trekking groups in the Himalayas and South America.
When I'd burnt out, I came back and moved into product design.
Does reality match the dream?
If I won the lottery, I'd keep doing it - perhaps taking a pay cut to do fewer hours and more travel. There's a lot of office work. The admin involved in arranging flight schedules can be a bloody nightmare, and even the travel isn't always perfect. I went to the Alps in August and spent the entire time visiting hotels. There's only so many times you can go 'wow' at a bathroom. But then I'm out in the wilderness at minus-25, with icicles hanging off my face, doing things that I dreamt of doing as a kid - and getting paid for it.