After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2005 with a degree in Economics and Geography, Carl spent the next couple of years 'working to travel' - until the penny finally dropped, and he sought work in the travel industry. Since then he's spent five years working as a tour guide around Europe, has lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand, and spent his free time travelling the globe.
Carl first visited the USA in 2007, and his unforgettable road-trip through California and Nevada sparked a love affair with this incredible country. Since then Carl has returned on several occasions, travelling coast to coast and soaking up everything that America has to offer. From cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge to watching big-wave surfing in Hawaii, listening to country music in Nashville to flying over the Grand Canyon, many of Carl's favourite travel memories have been made in the States. It was the opportunity to share the delights of the USA with others which led Carl to join the Audley team in 2014.
I'll never forget when…
I've always had a fascination with space and the night sky, so I jumped at the chance to go on a stargazing excursion in Hawaii. The summit of Mauna Kea on Big Island stands a little under 14000ft. Add in minimal air moisture and light pollution, and you've got the best stargazing spot in the world. The 14 giant observatories worth a combined $1bn are also a giveaway. After watching a gorgeous sunset from the summit, our small group descended to 9000ft to stargaze through a top of the range telescope. After spying various galaxies, constellations and even Mars, we ended by zooming in on the moon - the clarity and detail of each individual crater was breathtaking.