I had my first taste of travel when, at eight years old, my mother took me out of school to spend a year driving and camping along the east coast of Australia. Since then, my passion for exploration has taken me all over the world from numerous backpacking adventures to training horses on a ranch in Montana, USA.
Throughout my years of travel, nowhere has fascinated me in quite the same way as Southeast Asia. With each visit, I have found myself repeatedly in awe of the variety, culture, people and, of course, mouth-watering cuisine. Some of my best experiences include spotting a herd of pygmy elephants bathing while river cruising in Borneo, surmounting the active volcano of Mount Batur in Bali and snorkeling with turtles in the crystal-clear waters off Lombok.
In my spare time, you will almost always find me outdoors — usually on a horse.
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I'll never forget when…
I spent a night in a longhouse of the Iban tribe in Lemanak, Borneo. It was only a small group of 15 families still living as they have for many hundreds of years and it was incredibly humbling to be so welcomed into their home. The evening was spent laughing, partaking in their tribal dancing and sharing food and rice wine. What struck me most was that my keenness to learn about the tribe was returned with an equally genuine interest in my own life. To experience something so fundamentally authentic, really was as special as it is rare.