About GeoWorld Travel
GeoWorld Travel specialises in leading geotourism geology tours and placing people on polar expedition cruises through our PolarWorld Travel website. The company was founded in November 2012 by James Cresswell, and is based in the Brecon Beacons National Park, in Wales, United Kingdom, where we also offer day tours, through our Brecon Beacons Tours website.
James Cresswell - Director, GEOLOGIST and guide
James at Siccar Point, Scotland
James is the director and founder of GeoWorld Travel, and personally guides most of GeoWorld Travel's trips. He is a geologist, having gained an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Bristol, and a Masters in Oceanography from the University of Southampton. Before setting up GeoWorld Travel, James travelled to around 100 different countries and worked as the geologist guide aboard expedition cruise ships. Countries and areas he guided in, before establishing GeoWorld Travel, include: Antarctica, Svalbard, Canada (Arctic and Rockies) Greenland, Russian Arctic & Geographical North Pole, Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Seychelles, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Caribbean, the South Pacific, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha. James' passion for communicating geosciences began when he started his career working in the television documentary industry. He was the researcher on a Discovery Channel geological series, and was part of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ series.
To read more about James and to see the selection of talks he can give, please check out his personal website, or connect with him on LinkedIn
Abby Cresswell - Operations Manager and Archaeologist Guide
Abby at Herculaneum, Italy
Abby is both James's wife and a qualified archaeologist. At GeoWorld Travel she is Operations Manager, responsible for logistics and hotel bookings. In addition to her work at GeoWorld Travel, Abby works as a Field Surveyor for the Ordnance Survey. Abby gained a Class I MA (Hons) degree in Medieval History & Archaeology at the University of St Andrews, and she gained a Distinction in her Masters in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol. From time to time she accompanies James on tours or day trips adding an extra dimension to the guiding with her archaeological knowledge and landscape history background.
Nicole Grünert - Namibia guide
Nicole at Tsaobis, Namibia
Nicole leads our Namibia trips. She holds a Masters degree in Geology from the Technical University in Aachen, Germany. She immigrated to Namibia in 1994 and since then has been leading geological tours and safaris. She is the author of the books: Namibia – Fascination of Geology and Namibia – Geological Wonderland. Nicole is a registered Namibian tour guide and travel agent.
DAvid Buchs - Switzerland Guide
David in Wales
In 2022 David is co-leading our Switzerland trip with James. David is a Swiss citizen and is a Senior Lecturer in geology at Cardiff University in Wales. His areas of research are on volcanic and sedimentary processes both in South America and Switzerland.
RObina Barton - Shetland Guide
Robina in Shetland
Robina leads our Shetland trip. Robina was born in Sunderland and grew up in North Yorkshire. She has family connections in Shetland and spent many childhood summers in Yell before moving permanently to the islands in 2006 to work for Shetland Amenity Trust archaeology department. She has an MA in Archaeology and Ancient Hebrew from Glasgow University. In 2008 she became Geology Project Officer at the Trust, responsible for coordinating the activities of Geopark Shetland. This role involved interpretation, education, promotion and conservation as well as organisation and delivery of the annual Shetland Nature Festival. Robina was a member of the European Geoparks Network Coordination Committee and the UK Geoparks Forum for several years. In 2013 she became the Chair of the Scottish Geoparks Partnership and worked closely with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum to conserve, interpret and promote Scotland’s incredible geo-heritage until 2015. In 2016 she began a tour guiding business, Selkie Ventures, with a focus on Geology. She currently works for Shetland Islands Council as a Transport Policy Officer whilst continuing to run geological tours events and activities, most recently for the Scottish Geology Trust. She enjoys sea swimming, reading, dancing, climbing and is involved with a number of local heritage and tourism related groups.
Daniela Dägele – Social Media Support & Researcher
Daniela in Hawaii
Daniela is a geoscientist with a passion for Earth, landscapes, and respectful, sustainable traveling. She gained a bachelor’s degree in geosciences in 2021 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with tourism in 2017. Daniela's own work focuses on how to get more out of your travels by educating yourself about the geology and nature of your destination. Daniela is working with us on the GeoWorld Travel social media offering . Her own websites are www.earthyme.de and www.earthyuniversity.com
Youssef Nomada - Driver in Morocco
Youssef in the Erg Chebbi Dunes, Morocco
Youssef is Moroccan and lives in Ouzarzate. He is originally from the fossil rich area around Merzouga where we spend much of our time on the tour. Youssef and his brother run their own tourism business in Morocco, and provide our transportation via Toyota Landcruisers . They also provide our picnic lunches and cultural information about Morocco.