When I was 15 I got my first summer job landscaping. Three of my co-workers had relocated from Laos to the US and listening to their stories and experiencing their kindness had a profound impact on my life. I became fascinated by Southeast Asia and knew I would someday travel to this part of the world.
After spending four years in non-profit fundraising for the Rainforest Alliance, I finally took the trip I had always dreamed of and spent nearly two years exploring the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, spending most of my time in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Visiting this part of the world was one of the most important things I have ever done and when I returned to the US, I wanted to help others experience something similar. Now at Audley, I get the opportunity to help create trips and adventures that others will never forget.
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I'll never forget when…
My guide and I entered Angkor Wat when you could barely see your hand in front of your face. We avoided the main entrance and climbed the temple steps to sit and watch the sunrise. As the sky brightened, the intricacies of the ancient temple slowly came to life before me. Sitting there alone allowed me to connect with the Khmer Empire and imagine what life was like here over 900 years ago. The experience was so powerful but without my guide leading me in to the temple through a little-known entrance to enjoy the moment uninterrupted, it would never have happened.