TRAVEL agent Geoff Hann offers thrill-seekers the holiday of a lifetime – to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Geoff, who runs Brighouse-based Hinterland Travel, specialises in unusual trips which he describes as ‘adventure’ holidays.
Not surprisingly Geoff steers clear of war zones, but sometimes unwittingly strays into troublespots.
Last year he took a group of 10 to Afghanistan and they ended up being ‘rescued’ by Chinook helicopter.
Geoff, who has organised adventure holidays for 35 years, said he operated in a niche market, but there was no shortage of holidaymakers wanting something different.
“We take small groups of 10-15 people and we take people of all ages, from their late 20s to their 70s,” he said.
“We stay away from the likes of Kandahar and Helmand and go into the North and central regions and sample the real Afghanistan that you don’t see on the TV.”
Safety and security is paramount and Geoff doesn’t take risks, but last year his party found themselves on a road blocked by insurgents.
They waited for the security forces to allow them to cross but the danger levels intensified and they were airlifted to safety.
“I can honestly say that’s the worst thing that’s happened on any of our trips, but people loved it,” said Geoff.