Dr Jo Rush
“I love sharing my “insider knowledge” of the countries I work in - their cultural idiosyncrasies, history and people, as well as the landscape, plants and animals we encounter. I hope this extra knowledge allows people to appreciate their destination on a deeper level, and leave feeling they were honorary locals for a little while...”
Dr Jo Rush worked as a National Geographic Documentary and Getaway travel show journalist/presenter before founding her successful travel company, RUSH EXPEDITIONS.
She began her career as a Marine Biologist, gaining a Ph.D. in the field, then lecturing at the University of Sydney.
Jo then moved into making documentary films - working on series such as the National Geographic TV show “Next Wave”, a 26 part science adventure series shown worldwide.
She traveled extensively while filming, to places as remote and diverse as the Amazon jungle, Cuba, Ecuador, Burma, Belize, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Patagonia, Thailand and Bolivia.
As an added bonus, she was able to add to her 2,000 hours SCUBA diving experience in some of the most spectacular sites in the world.
Jo has also journeyed widely as an independent traveler, spending time in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.
At last count, she has visited 72 countries, which still leaves plenty more to explore...
After years in television, Jo was looking for another aspect to her career that would allow her to continue with her two great passions - sharing her knowledge with others, and exploring the world.
The travel industry seemed a great choice. Jo worked for a number of companies and widely as a private guide in Australia,
New Zealand, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and China before founding Rush Expeditions, a company which reflects her own love of and ideals about travel.
Jo was born and raised in Australia and is passionate about the destinations she leads tours to and is a proud travel addict, never saying “no” to a new adventure!
I was lucky enough to film a documentary in Burma in 2001.
Very few people were visiting Burma at the time, but I immediately fell in love with the country and it’s people.
I am so excited to be finally able to share this amazing destination with our guests.”
Dr Jo Rush
LESS ORDINARY TRAVEL WITH RUSH EXPEDITIONS
”I often see groups on tour looking rather galzed over and exhausted as they tick all the boxes of sightseeing in various countries,”
Our trips are far different from that. We encourage our guests to understand where they are, come off the beaten track a little, talk to the local people and initially, build a rapour with this amazing
“When we have a greater understanding of a new culture and its people, that is when we can start capturing amazing photographs.
“I will be encouraging everyone to stop concentrating so hard on what lens they are using or what apature they have chosen on their camera. Look up and around you! Then, think about what you want to capture in your photographs.
“When we do this, our photos stand out from the postcard tourist shots that you can buy in any tourist shop. You will start creating magical images that you will want to print large and hang in your home to remember this adventure.
“ I admit Jo and I sometimes do get a bit of a glazed, kind of exhausted look about ourselves by the end of our adventures in country together but that is from getting up at dawn to take amazing images daily and ensuring we have loads of fun and laughs (and the odd Myanmar beer at the end of the day). It is certainly not from the boredom of walking through too many “tourist sites.
“OK, I admit I get a bit overexcited with the chance to go out and take photos in exciting locations like Burma. I also understand that is not for everyone and certainly not every day. So, with Jo along, everyone has the option to come along and take photos with me or spend time with her instead. Some mornings most of the group meet me at breakfast after my dawn shoot and go out with
Jo to look around at a more resonable hour while I get a rest and do some editing. There is lots of flexibility. I hate being in a group where I am told what to do every minute of the day so on our trips,
we offer options and encourage everyone to make the trip what they want it to be for them.”
DR LOUISE GRAYSON
Ph: +61 450 312 159