Growing up, my family loved to travel and I was fortunate enough to go on several fun-filled adventures, the most memorable of which were road trips around the USA. This ignited a passion to learn more about the world around me and the impressive landscapes I’d experienced, and this influenced my decision to study geography at university.
Afterwards, I seized the opportunity to take a gap year to continue my travels, visiting the USA, Australia, Southeast Asia and the USA again on the way home. I was fascinated with all the different places and cultures I experienced, however, it was the road trips through Oregon, California and Utah which were most memorable. The magnificent beauty and sheer scale of the landscapes resonated with me like nowhere else. Returning home, I knew I wanted to build on my passion for travel, so I was thrilled to join Audley as a USA specialist.
I'll never forget when…
I was taking a catamaran trip in San Francisco and enjoying the vivid sunset hues forming in the sky over the Golden Gate Bridge. The multitude of blues and pinks was like nothing I had seen before, and as we sailed under the bridge, all eyes were fixed on the impressive structure above us. Then, a shout from the front of the boat drew my attention. Someone had spotted a humpback whale just out in the bay. This was my first ever sighting of a whale and it was incredible to see such a magnificent creature in such an unexpected place.