Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor

Rick, from Lancashire in the UK, has been with Drago since Jan 2020.

- What did you do before joining Dragoman?

Before Dragoman I spent just shy of 16 years as a manager and a mechanic in the bus industry. I'm fortunate that I could use some of my existing skills to take me in a new direction.

- Why did you become Dragoman crew?

I became crew because I wanted to travel more and meet new interesting people, but I lacked direction. Dragoman cover so many countries and experiences that I knew I'd be able to tick a lot of boxes and meet a lot of amazing people working with them.

- What's your favourite destination?

So far my favourite place has been Georgia, (the one next to the Black sea, not the American one as my sister thought!). A lot of places in that part of the world claim to have the best wine, but Georgia actually does! Georgian people are incredibly friendly and the food there is some of my absolute favourite, if you go try the Adjarian Khachapuri! (Or any of the types of Khachapuri).

- What has been your favourite or most memorable occasion on the road?

Most of my favourite travel stories involve people, I could talk for hours. But to be brief, stargazing in the Romanian mountains, hiking to the Black rock lake on the Russia/Georgia border and underground canoeing in Slovenia are amongst my favourites; so far.

I've done a lot of hitchhiking too and spoken to a lot of local people and that's always an amazing experience, even if we don't share a common language, sometimes that's even more fun!

- What's the most essential item in your backpack?

If we assume all the essentials are accounted for then I'd say a travel water bottle, I've had a steel water bottle that I've taken almost everywhere with me to reduce my plastic usage.

- What is your one piece of advice to future overlanders/passengers?

It's cliché, but it's said again and again with good reason. "You get out what you put in." Talk to locals, try the local food and drink, learn the basic phrases, embrace the culture and the people and they'll embrace you back.