Having backpacked, hitchhiked and misadventured through 70 countries on six continents, I feel strongly that travel is one thing I’ll never get sick of. My first odyssey to Southeast Asia was in 2009, when I spent a month motorbiking through the majestic and meandering hill ranges of northern Laos with a friend. Neither the tempestuous rainy season nor the ludicrously muddy roads deterred us from exploring some of the world’s most untouched beauty and Indochina’s surfeit of wonder and adventure.
As well as touring extensively through Southeast Asia, I’ve been lucky enough to call Vietnam a home, teaching maths and science in the teeming metropolis of Saigon for three and a half years. I could write poetry about Vietnamese coffee, character and history. After teaching for a year in London, I’ve decided to make a complete career change and share my passion for travel by working with Audley.
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I'll never forget when…
I was lucky enough for my motorbike taxi to get lost on one of my first nights in Saigon. I’d spent a few hours beforehand with my local host, sheltering from a tropical downpour in a restaurant. When the rains ended and I tried to find my way home, neither myself nor the taxi driver could pinpoint the address. This meant I had 45 minutes to enjoy a free, meandering motorbike tour of the city, weaving between all manner of bustle while Saigon’s innumerable lights flickered in the storm’s puddles. The following year, this wondrous experience inspired me to make the city my home.