As a graduate in Construction Engineering, Claire's route into the travel industry was not a traditional one. Neither did her gap year following university play out as per the original script. One year travelling extended to three, and saw Claire living and working across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Middle East and North America. Her fascination with new countries, landscapes, people and cultures motivated a move into the long-haul travel industry. Her first role in travel planning was with a large tailormade tour operator, with a global destination portfolio.