Linda Pressly came late to journalism - and radio - after nearly 10 years as a teacher.
But her first love has always been travelling, and in her 20s, the flexibility of teaching here, there and anywhere allowed her to spend an inordinate amount of time lounging around on tropical beaches.
During this time she travelled extensively and worked in Asia and Australia. When there were no education jobs to be had, she worked, among other things, as a club hostess in Tokyo and a (hugely unsuccessful) seller of paintings in Sydney.
Returning from the East, she survived a year of very late nights in Madrid, before making a trip to Cuba and Central America. On her return to Britain she talked her way onto a broadcast journalism course.
After a stint on BBC local radio, Linda worked at BBC 5 Live. From there, she made a brief sojourn to BBC World television, before joining the rarefied atmosphere of the Crossing Continents office.
Amongst her assignments for the programme, she has spent a week with the hijras (transsexuals) of Bangladesh, reported on racism in football in Ecuador, and investigated the underground political opposition in Syria.