Mel credits her lust for adventure from spending her early childhood in a remote community in Papua New Guinea. Exposure to tribal life at an early age fuelled her desire to experience and learn from many developing cultures around the world. In 1998, Mel met her match in Dave Reynolds after an extended trip in Africa and since then they have trekked, cycled and kayaked through more than 30 countries together, often with their equally adventurous kids.
Some of her favourite travel experiences include multiple Camino walks, hiking the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia, kayaking around Bora Bora, doing an elephant mahouts course in Laos and being involved with multiple long-distance cycling trips throughout Asia to support charities.
Mel has great destination knowledge, first-hand experience of the walks that RAW Travel offers, and a love of hiking and the outdoors and sharing this with our clients. Mel has hiked parts of the French Camino, the Camino del Norte, Nepal and New Zealand with her family and is excited to be heading off on a Pacific adventure this year. Now that Mel and Daves’s kids have an appetite for challenging multi-day hikes, she plans to discover more RAW walking destinations through the eyes of children.
As Sales Manager, Mel leads our Camino and sales teams and is thrilled to be working with wonderful staff and products. She is passionate about what RAW Travel can offer and is excited about future plans for the business.