During my time at university I took every opportunity I could to travel during my summers, studying at a university in China and backpacking in Thailand. After graduating, I fulfilled my childhood dream of spending a summer working at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, but the real magic happened after I left the theme parks behind and explored the bustling cities of Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
On my most recent trip to the US, I was amazed by the contrast between the vibrancy of the cities and the peaceful beauty of the many national parks. For me this huge diversity is what will always keep me coming back for more: just a few hours’ drive can take you from the bright lights of Vegas to the serene beauty of the red rocks in Bryce Canyon National Park.
I'll never forget when…
On a foggy morning in Monterey I boarded a boat and crossed my fingers, hoping that I would be lucky enough to catch sight of a whale in the wild. Little did I expect that I would get to see over 20 humpback whales, frantically hunting anchovies in coordinated group feeding frenzies. Being able to see such beautiful creatures breaching right next to our boat was mesmerising, and is a memory that I will treasure forever.