Q&A with LLE traveler Debby M


Interview with Debby M., Arlington, VA

Debby M. is one of National Geographic Expeditions' Lifelong Explorers and has already circumnavigated the world with us by private jet! We sat down with her on a recent trip to Patagonia to ask her about her travel experiences with us.

Q: How many trips have you been on with National Geographic Expeditions?

A: Exploring Patagonia is my third trip with National Geographic. Two were around the world jet trips where I traveled with my husband. I have been traveling with one of my adventure travel buddies on this Exploring Patagonia trip.

Q: What makes you choose National Geographic Expeditions over other tour operators?

A: Personally, I think National Geographic Expeditions is far above all the other tour companies I have been with—and I’ve been on trips with a number of them. It’s their attention to detail, their exceptional staff, local guides, and explorers that are all top-notch. Plus, the facilities they use—the restaurants and the hotels—are exceptional.

Q: What made you pick the Exploring Patagonia trip?

A: Patagonia has always been a dream destination for me. I think the outdoors component is a spiritual sort of experience. That’s what I was most looking forward to—being outdoors, hiking, exercising, and the gorgeous scenery.

Q: You mentioned sitting down with the catalog and a glass of wine. What makes you excited about these trips and reading about them?

A: The catalog is almost like a bible to me. I love sitting down with it and figuring out where I want to go next. I’ve traveled a lot in my life, and I've already been to so many places. But it’s fun to read National Geographic’s explanation of them and the tours that they put together for those places. I study it—I don’t throw the catalog away. It’s on my coffee table. Every time my husband walks by and sees me reading it, he chuckles and says, “Oh boy, now where are we going?” But in general, it’s just a very professional catalog, and I think that National Geographic does a great job putting it together and marketing the places they go. We didn’t even look for another tour operator when we decided to go to Patagonia, because we knew the trip was going to be exceptional with National Geographic.

Q: What moment on the trip are you most excited to tell your friends at home about?

A: That’s such a hard question to answer. I think seeing the towers and the horn for the first time with the fog lifted. It was a feeling of “Ok, everything is going to be alright with the world.” I felt, as Craig [a fellow traveler] said, a “How great thou art" moment. Being so in tune with nature was probably my highlight.

Photo by Eric Firnhaber