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Ashton Palmer

At age 18, Ashton left his native town of Sutton Coldfield, England, with a one-way ticket to Australia via Bangkok. He has never looked back. Since then, Ashton has pursued his childhood dreams of travel all over the world, along the way becoming an expedition leader, guide, naturalist, conservationist, Zodiac driver, bird-watcher, and photographer. Prior to starting ExpeditionTrips, he spent nearly a decade in the field, working on conservation and travel projects and leading expeditions from the Arctic to the Antarctic and places in between. Ashton has traveled to Antarctica over 50 times, worked on icebreakers in the Arctic, explored the Amazon, South Pacific and the Galapagos Islands, to name a few. In addition, Ashton worked for such organizations as the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Geographic Society.

Not only has Ashton been recognized as an expert in small-ship and polar travel by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Town & Country, but he is also featured on Wendy Perrin’s ‘WOW List’ of Trusted Travel Experts. His extensive travel background and comprehensive knowledge of experiential travel (both the destinations and the expedition operators) contribute to his passion for helping people plan the perfect trip of a lifetime.

My Trip Reviews
Churchill Polar Bear Tour
Galapagos Classic
Escape to the Enchanted Islands

My Articles
Welcome, National Geographic Orion!
Face to Face with a Polar Bear
Ashton's Tips for Galapagos Family Travel
January Expeditions to Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia
Exploring the Upper Amazon and Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
Exploring the Atacama Desert and Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park
The Captivating Wildness of Australia
Reflections of a Top Travel Specialist

My Photo Galleries
Papua New Guinea
Arctic Churchill

My Travel Experience

Amazon, Antarctica, Arctic, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada (including Baffin Island and Churchill), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, England, Falkland Islands, Fiji, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Greece, Guam, Guyana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico (including Baja), Morocco, Nepal, Netherland Antilles, Norway (including Svalbard), Papua New Guinea, Peru (including Machu Picchu), Portugal, Singapore, Spain, South Georgia, Suriname, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, most of continental United States plus Alaska and Hawaii, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam

My Favorite Trips
Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness
Galapagos Classic
Land of the Ice Bears – An In-Depth Exploration of Arctic Svalbard

What My Clients Are Saying

“My every expectation was exceeded, beginning with [Ashton’s] absolute desire to make this trip a truly memorable and personalized experience for me. What struck me as extraordinary was that, without exception, every single one of 'Ashton's Antarctic Adventurers' (as we began calling ourselves) on board the ship, had nothing but praise and considerable appreciation for your superb all-round professionalism and fantastic service in planning, executing, delivering and following up on the trip.” - Shubha C; London, UK

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