Clayton grew up in a small town in Northwestern Ontario and was one of the first Canadian students to do an exchange in the Soviet Union – an experience that set him on a path to explore the world. Having cut his teeth in the telecommunications industry, Clayton was lured into the company on the anticipated challenge of building a business with Gary. He has now visited the South Pacific countless times, and has a special connection to Fiji and the heartwarming culture of its people.
What is your favorite place in the South Pacific?
I have a soft spot for any of the rural regions in the countries I visit. It's such a special moment when you're invited into someone's home, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have made many acquaintances through my travels. Australians, New Zealanders and Fijians are especially friendly people, and I have enjoyed locally-guided hikes along the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula where I was then treated to beers and BBQ on the deck of friends. Australian hospitality is legendary – trust me when I say you'll feel right at home anywhere you go. Fijians will also welcome you home when you visit, and their warmth and hospitality is the greatest take away from this paradise.
Tell us about a special discovery that you’ve made in the South Pacific.
To experience these destinations from the water is important. Whether it's a ferry from Sydney Harbour to the nearby beaches in Australia, fishing off the coast of New Zealand or heading out to Monoriki in Fiji for a snorkel encounter with a turtle, you really appreciate each place by connecting with the water.
What one thing in the South Pacific should you experience at least once in your life?
Do something specific to the destination – that's when the best memories are made. Whether it's bungy jumping off a bridge in New Zealand, drinking kava alongside Fijian warriors or climbing the Sydney Harbour bridge to soak up impressive views of the Opera House, put yourself out there and immerse yourself in the unique experiences that surround you. Travel is all about getting out of your comfort zone!