For as long as I can remember I have loved learning about history and other cultures and this is what ignited my interest in travel. To be able to experience a different world first hand was living out my childhood dreams. While in college, I took the opportunity to study in Brussels which allowed me to travel all over Europe. The experience changed my life. I knew from that point on that travel would need to be a key part of whatever I did.
A few years after graduation, I moved to Thailand to teach English. Living in another country and experiencing daily life was just as rewarding as I remembered with each day bringing a flood of new sights, tastes, smells and sounds. After a year in Thailand, I taught in Madrid for 12 months, another experience that solidified my love of travel and exploring, which was what eventually led me to Audley.
I'll never forget when…
As the sun set and the crowds died down in Venice, I set out on a bellyful of seafood pasta to find what is said not to exist anymore, a quiet place in Venice. To my surprise it wasn't hard to find. A few randomly selected sharp turns towards the edge of town and I found it, a quiet canal with its only inhabitants a few docked boats. With no tourists, fancy restaurants or gondolas, I finally found the real Venice and a glimpse of the merchant city of the past with its quiet lanes, simple townhouses and family homes.