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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The guides made the trip great because they were able to explain much of what we saw and put it into the context of the current culture.
This was a family vacation specifically planned for Japan to introduce my daughter to the Japanese aesthetics and architecture. Overall the trip was outstanding. We were able to move around the country and experience many aspects of Japan. In Kyoto the tea ceremony along with the dressing in Kimonos was a highlight of the trip. The quality of the kimonos and the attention to detail of the guide who assisted us in dressing was incredible. Finally, in general the guides made the trip great because they were able to explain much of what we saw and put it into the context of the current culture, enhancing our overall appreciation of the country.
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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!