During her time at university, Sian decided she needed a challenge which pushed her out of her comfort zone. After watching Slumdog Millionaire, Sian came to the decision to travel to India by herself and do some voluntary work. From then on, she was hooked. After completing her BSc Criminology degree, Sian left the UK to continue her travels and ventured out to India on further trips, visiting the major cities of Jaipur, Varanasi, Mumbai, and other areas.
Sian's love for India and travelling was so strong that she decided a career in this area would be the perfect next step. Since joining Audley, Sian has explored the beautiful state of Kerala where she has experienced the famous backwaters and picturesque scenery. Sian has also ventured back out to Rajasthan and other northern areas of India to further expand her knowledge on the region.
In addition, she has travelled extensively around Sri Lanka and experienced all of the things the country has to offer, including the ancient cities, hilltop tea plantations, safari's and beautiful beaches. In her spare time, Sian can be found writing her travel blog and planning her next big adventure!
My Most Memorable Experience
One of my most memorable experiences during my time in Sri Lanka was when I took a jeep safari out into Kaudulla National Park in the hope of spotting my favourite animal - the elephant. When we drove out into the grassland of the park and spotted a large herd of elephants I was speechless. The sight was incredible and I became overwhelmed with seeing so many of these magnificent creatures in the wild. Seeing the babies playing with each other and watching the adults in the watering hole is something I will never forget.
My Favourite Destination
Jaipur, the Pink City, is a sensory delight with so much to see, hear, taste and experience. It was here that I fell in love with India and its welcoming charm. There is so much to explore which will capture people's imaginations, from the magnificent Amber Fort Palace to the interesting and iconic Palace of Winds. A visit to Rajasthan's capital would not be complete without a visit to the bustling and colourful bazaars here, they are always my highlight!
My Favourite Accommodation
Steeped in history and royal traditional, it's hard not to love the beautiful and picturesque Lake Palace in Udaipur. Taking a scenic boat trip from the jetty to the hotel's entrance is certainly an unusual way to arrive and the rose petals dropped from the balcony as I stepped onto the verandah was a romantic touch! The staff are incredibly friendly here and they like to make sure that your stay is as special as possible. My evening meal at the hotel while overlooking the twinkling lights of the city in the reflection of Lake Pichola was very memorable and I can't wait to return.