How did your passion for travel came about?
“From a young age I was lucky enough to travel all around the world on location with my Dad, the film director John Boorman. I would definitely say that my passion for travel was sparked by my father but when I met Ewan on the set of Serpent’s Kiss I was able to continue this passion. We were both really into motorcycles so decided to do Long Way Down together which was such great fun and opened up a world of travel to me that I feel deeply privileged to be a part of.”
What is the earliest memory of a worldly adventure you can recall?
We were down in the depths of South Carolina on the set of Deliverance and I was hanging out on the rapids with Dad and Burt Reynolds. That was my first acting job when I was 5 and it felt like a pretty big adventure to me!
What do you think travelling and experiencing different cultures means to a young person’s personal development?
Travelling around the world meeting people and different cultures has really shaped who I am. If any young kid had the opportunity to do a gap year they should embrace it and have a look around so they can see how most of the world lives in much more difficult conditions. I think it gives us a much better grounding of who we are and enables us to appreciate the privileges that we have.
How do you think a year out impacts on a person’s education? Is it more important to focus on education first? Or does life experience count just as much?
When you go for a job, I think that your education is mightily important these days but employers are also looking for people with a bit of worldly experience and I think that is just as important.
How would you react to the statement ‘a gap year is nothing but a whole in your professional CV.’
Absolute rubbish! It sounds like someone who has never done a gap year and is bitter because of it!
Do you believe there’s a ‘right time’ in life to travel?
I think any time is a good time, whenever you’ve got an opportunity go for it. We can travel all our lives, right up until you can’t walk up the stairs anymore and then you can probably still do a bit more. There’s never a bad time to travel.
What piece of advice would you give to a young person unsure of how a gap year would affect their future?
I think a gap year can only enhance someone’s future, you can jump on a bus and go from Cape Town to Cairo or you can go and help in an orphanage somewhere. You can only gain experience; it would never be a waste.
Finally, in one sentence, what comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘gap year’?
I think opportunity to travel and see the world, maybe work in another country, do something good somewhere. Positive thoughts go through my mind.