A solo backpacking trip across Europe gave me my first real taste for travel and after graduating from King’s College London with a degree in English, I set off again to work as an English teacher in Vietnam before exploring Southeast Asia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Australia and New Zealand for a year.
It was the vibrancy and diverse nature of India that left me so fascinated after my first visit and I knew I had to return. I was captivated by the beauty of the country along with the warm hospitality I experienced. Since joining Audley, I have further explored renowned historical sights in the cities as well as rural areas in Rajasthan and Kerala. I find that each new place in India that I visit comes with its own distinct way of life, food, language or religious traditions, meaning there is always something new to learn and experience.
I'll never forget when…
We had just about given up on an elephant sighting while on a morning trek through Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, when our guide abruptly stopped in his tracks and told us to walk very slowly and quietly. Not far from us stood a female elephant, chomping away on the grass oblivious to our presence. As we watched for several minutes, we were delighted to see her baby appear out of the bushes to join her. Observing such immense animals at such close proximity and without any other tourists around us was a really special moment.