We talked to Agnes and asked her some interesting questions in order to get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say about her background, some memories and personal insights.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Agnes: Adventurous, ambitious, independent.
Share a favourite quote with us.
Agnes: “If travel was free, you’d never see me again…”
What’s your first-ever travel memory?
Agnes: The first time I went tracking for mountain gorillas! It was epic, a little scary but memorable. What stands out from that moment is when I got to see a silverback male pounding on his chest right in front of us!
What’s always in your bag, no matter what kind of trip you’re on?
Agnes: My power bank. I love capturing memories in photographs, and the digital age makes it so easy to do. I can’t afford my phone blacking out on me while I’m on a trip.
Where’s the best place you ever woke up?
Agnes: My safe haven and favourite place to wake up in is the Ihamba Residence guesthouse located in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There’s nothing I enjoy more than waking up peacefully to the glorious view of the forest.
What’s your favorite mode of transportation and why?
Agnes: I just love being on the road and having the choice to make a stop anywhere I like to linger and be captivated by a beautiful place.
Do you have a story about a moment of connection with a local from one of your trips that you’ll never forget?
Agnes: There are plenty. One in particular that comes to mind is the time I took 9 solar panels to the local homes of the Batwa community near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where they greeted me with overwhelming joy and genuine happiness. I felt grateful for being able to inspire the families the same way their women inspire me. It was a magical moment and the connection I maintain with those people, even to this day, is super strong.
What’s a cause that you’re passionate about?
Agnes: I’m passionate about empowering the local women from my community to be able to lead the kind of lives they want.
Tell us a little bit about a time when you faced your biggest challenge while on a trip.
Agnes: There was this one time when I had a group of 5 women on tour with me, and one of the women was quite grumpy and complaining all the time. I noticed this was beginning to affect the rest of the group. the others found her irritating and felt she was spoiling their trip. I myself am quite a neutral person as I believe every single one of them booked the trip with me with hopes of a great experience. So, I tried to get closer to her. She finally opened up about some of the issues in her personal life that were getting in the way of other aspects of her life. I tried to remind her of the reason she took the trip in the first place. Her heart was in the right place and she just wanted to destress and to get a fresh perspective. She took my advice and apologized to her tripmates, then started connecting with them and became good friends. The rest of the trip went swiftly!
This was a memorable moment for me for many reasons. Thinking back on it from time to time gives me the courage to continue doing my job with patience and understanding when it comes to handling different types of clients. I try to always remember not to give up on people and that everyone deserves a chance.
What’s the top activity on your travel bucketlist that you haven’t done yet?
Agnes: Going on a safari in a hot air balloon!
What does joining With Travel Community as a Nomad mean to you?
Agnes: For me, it means meeting new people from across the world , connecting with them and sharing my travel experiences with them, all while learning about their own culture. Being part of a diverse travel community is such a great opportunity to learn more and more and more…
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