Having adventurous parents, I was fortunate enough to travel from a young age which ignited my love for different cultures, environments and landscapes. I couldn’t wait to see more of the world and was soon backpacking around Europe, hiking in North Africa and exploring Southeast Asia.
My next trip was to Australia and it was here that I felt totally smitten. My planned month-long tour of the east coast turned into an eight-month stay. I based myself in Brisbane and fell in love with the laid-back, social culture. It was a lifestyle that resonated with me with soft, sandy beaches and rolling waves to the south and ample opportunity for adrenalin-filled activities to the north.
I reluctantly came home to complete a degree in geography, then joined Audley and returned to Australia to travel further and fill in a lot of the gaps I missed while there.
I'll never forget when…
After a long day of driving west from Adelaide to the Grampians, the sight that met me that night made it all worthwhile. The sun went down and within an hour the sky was filled with shimmering constellations. As I sat in a deck chair alongside two friends, each with a craft beer in hand, the Milky Way was etched out clearly against the night sky and shooting stars flew past every minute. Mars glowed in an orange ball, so close you'd be fooled into thinking you could reach it. We sat for hours on end simply enjoying nature's spectacle.