E7: Who are some of your mentors/role models?
MJT: Throughout my travels and time working in the industry, I have had the privilege of meeting some of the most inspiring people. The people who inspire me the most are those who have committed their lives to conservation and give back tirelessly everyday in everything they do. Some of my greatest role models are Dereck and Beverly Joubert (Founders of Great Plains Foundation), Luke Bailes (Founder of Singita) and the late Daphne Sheldrick (Founder of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust).
E7: Do you have a daily or regular ritual you practice that you love?
MJT: At the gym, I love to exercise on the bike because it allows me to send emails while I work out!
E7: Where do you go or what do you do to look for inspiration?
MJT: My biggest inspiration in life comes from my travels and the people I meet in different parts of the world. When I travel, I immerse myself in both the culture and people, who constantly teach me new things and broaden my perspective on life. Every time I visit somewhere, I come back enriched and I always need to know where I am going next before I leave.
E7: Where are some of your favourite travel destinations?
MJT: My favourite place in the world is Africa and I travel there at least three times a year. I’ve been so lucky to travel all over the world, but Africa is the one place that I go back to time after time. The food, accommodations, people and animals make it a truly inspiring place – needless to say, I have found my passion in Africa’s wildlife and community. One of my other favourite travel destinations is India – the culture and people are incredible and it is a country that I always look forward to visiting.
E7: Is there anything you wish people considered more before or during travel?
MJT: It is crucial to consider the impact you are having while travelling. It is important to recognize ways that your travels may have a negative impact on the environment, people or animals. I wish people would consider the impact that popular tourist activities such as elephant riding or dog sledding have, particularly in how it compromises the treatment of animals. At Tully Luxury Travel, it is a priority for us to educate our clients on ways that they can have a positive impact and not cause any harm to vulnerable species. Another personal belief of mine and something we encourage all clients to do is “pack with a purpose”. This can be done with small actions such as packing reusable straws to cut down on waste to the environment or bringing sports equipment and school supplies to children in impoverished communities – every little bit helps.
E7: Who is the Tully Luxury Travel client and why should they reach out to you and your team before booking their next trip?
MJT: While Tully Luxury Travel is based in Canada, our clientele is global. We have worked with Canadian families, to A-list celebrities – it always varies. If you are looking for a travel experience like no other, Tully Luxury Travel is the company to go to. Our insight, first-hand experience and knowledge of the travel industry, gives us the ability to create not only a memorable experience but one that is meaningful.