20 Questions: Jennifer Haddow
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago, Jennifer Haddow took charge of her life, trekked to Mount Everest base camp and purchased her business, Wild Women Expeditions. Founded in 1991, the Newfoundland-based company leads female-only groups of travelers to 26 countries around the globe.
BY WORTH | 20 Questions | Apr 25, 2018
Illustration by Graham Smith
- 01. What’s your favorite news source? Political satire news shows, like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
- 02. Your favorite city? Old Chiang Mai in Thailand. On every street there is a sanctuary to explore.
- 03. How much do you travel? I spend half of the year on the road developing Wild Women tours.
- 04. Do you fly private or commercial? Wherever possible, I choose Air Canada, which has great partners in the Star Alliance for international routes.
- 05. Top vacation spot? A remote island in southern Thailand has the most unspoiled white sand I’ve ever seen, with only one eco-lodge and no other tourist development. It’s my secret island paradise.
- 06. Hotel preference? The best hotels combine sustainability with luxury in pristine natural areas. My favorites include Bambu Indah in Ubud, Bali, the Golden Buddha Beach Resort in southern Thailand, Luna Lodge on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica and Tuckamore Lodge in Newfoundland.
- 07. What makes travel easier for you? I love the gear from Mountain Equipment Co-op. It has a new luggage line designed for women, and the quality is the best.
- 08. What are you reading? A Mind at Home with Itself by Byron Katie. Her work has taught me to not believe everything I think.
- 09. Your favorite movie? The Sound of Music.
- 10. Favorite piece of music? Every morning at sunrise I play the “Gayatri Mantra” by Deva Premal & Miten. It helps me to feel deeply relaxed.
- 11. Best place to eat? Dapoer at Bambu Indah in Ubud, Bali, is built of bamboo, set in the jungle, and serves organic, home-style Indonesian cuisine.
- 12. Your most treasured possession? A handcrafted cedar canoe. I don’t own many things.
- 13. What do you drive? I just got a Land Rover, and I’m having lots of fun taking it off the beaten track.
- 14. Your investment philosophy? I follow my intuition.
- 15. Who is your biggest influence?
I love the work that Dr. Jane Goodall has done to raise awareness of wildlife conservation and challenge us to consider our place in the natural world.
- 16. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome? When I was diagnosed with MS, it was very challenging to face the likelihood that I would be in a wheelchair someday. So I set out to fulfill my dreams, and it has made all the difference in my health and happiness.
- 17. Three words to describe yourself? Adventurous. Sexy. Smart.
- 18. What have you learned from running a business? To trust myself. To do what feels good. To be kind.
- 19. Your favorite philanthropy? I’m passionate about the need for tourists to contribute to protecting wildlife.
- 20. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Every time I end a visit with my father, he signs off with, “Do the right thing.” I’ve taken that to mean to always do what is right for me and follow my heart.