My Power is Nature
My shade is 055
If there’s one thing you should know about Ailin Mao, it’s that she prefers roughing it up in the great outdoors to the city. However, her love for nature extends far beyond her own adventures – Ailin’s job is to set someone else up on their own journey to the African safaris.
“I deal a lot with people who are going to Africa for the first time, and I start from scratch, poring over maps and giving them an overview of the different destinations,” shares Ailin. Before taking on her job as a senior travel consultant, Ailin had never been to Africa, but her innate curiosity and love for travelling helped her score what many would consider a dream job. Never one who required city comforts like Wi-Fi or even a proper toilet, Ailin was already organising trips for small groups of travellers to the Himalayas before becoming a safari specialist. Combining her travel experience with her ethos of disconnecting from the city to reconnect with nature, the job was a perfect fit.
As all her trips are tailor-made, there are a lot of face-to-face interactions to discover her client’s needs, and how much they’re willing to sacrifice comfort. Ailin believes African safaris have a distinct way of pushing people out of their comfort zones without really appearing to. “Once you step out of the lodges, you’re in an entirely different place – completely wild, with no Internet access or restaurants you can zip out to: Just wild animals walking past you.”
Ailin notes that her clients usually end up craving for wilder adventures, in a bid to be closer to nature.“The first trip tends to be more tame, but once they see how amazing the experience is, they don’t care about city comforts like air-conditioning or Wi-Fi access in their subsequent trips,” she says. Ailin is excited to introduce more people to the joys of nature, so they can rediscover the beauty and wonder of wildlife.
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