Tesia, Japan & Thailand Specialist
I first visited Japan on a youth exchange program where I spent six weeks on Miyakojima, an island of Okinawa. Later I returned to experience a more 'classic' Japanese trip, visiting Tokyo and Kyoto. My interest in Japan continued to grow and I majored in Communications and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Wake Forest University. After studying abroad in Osaka, and again, experiencing the true warmth of the Japanese people, the amazing food and the beautiful country, I knew I had to live in Japan. Upon graduation I joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program where I spent five years teaching English in Aomori prefecture of northern Japan.
To continue my interest in global travel, I received a Masters in Tourism from The George Washington University School of Business with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism.
While living in Japan I also had the opportunity to travel outside of the country, choosing to explore Southeast Asia. My first trip was to southern Thailand, visiting both Bangkok and some of the country’s many unspoilt beaches. I enjoyed both the food and culture, later returning to travel around the northern region. I’ve been traveling to Thailand for more than 10 years now, recently returning with Audley to gain even more personal knowledge of this rewarding destination.
When I’m not planning my next trip, I enjoy winter sports, animals, cooking and watching the Olympics.
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Our trip was so wonderful and I cannot believe how easy it all was.
I was very impressed with our country specialist Tesia and the organization of what she did for us. I am so appreciative of her expertise in the area and her professionalism. We had one portion of our trip with many modes of transportation and I just couldn’t believe how well done the train time schedule and tickets were. It was amazing. Our trip was so wonderful and I cannot believe how easy it all was. I explained that we wanted to do a lot of hikes and Tesia did just that, she set up the hikes and did a marvelous jobs. I cannot say enough about Audley and the philosophy behind what they do. I am telling all of my friends and I will easily be booking my next trip with Audley!
I'll never forget when…
I enjoy snow and love exploring winter activities, the year I spent my birthday at the Sapporo Snow Festival was a very memorable time for me in Japan. I had seen photos of the large sculptures that are produced at this time, but nothing can compare to actually experiencing the detail and amount of snow that goes into creating these elaborate creations. I had not expected the variety of locations around the city that different festivals, events and sculptures are located! I loved drinking hot whisky in an ice bar, building snowmen with hundreds of others, and viewing the sculptures and events at night. If you love winter and festivals like I do, I would add the Sapporo Snow Festival to your bucket list!