Growing up in the Netherlands, I got infected by the ‘travel bug’ while exploring the world with my parents. A summer vacation in Israel, including two months of backpacking, sealed my fate: I had fallen in love with the country. Four years later, after completing my bachelor’s degree (BA) at the International Hotel School in The Hague, and having just married, I set out to my new (old) homeland. I drove from Holland to Greece, and then sailed by boat to Israel, arriving in the country as a new immigrant. I joined the Israel government tour-guide course, where I discovered how fascinating the country actually was. Not yet ready to settle down, and motivated by a healthy bout of idealism and sunny weather, I spent four years in the Negev desert growing and exporting flowers, tomatoes and mangos, and raising a family. During this time, I heard time and again that my special skills of working with people were wasted in the hothouse, therefore, I turned back to tourism. Since 1987, I have shared my love of the land with hundreds of visitors, on classical sightseeing tours, as well as on off-the-beaten-track adventures, and have also travelled and guided extensively in different parts of the world, including Jordan, Egypt and Sinai.