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Audley Specialist Sofya


Global Travel Advisor

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel the world since I was eight years old. Since then I have visited 31 countries and have lived in 7 different countries including India, Australia, Portugal, and Switzerland.

I enjoy going more off the beaten track and delving deep into the local culture. Having had so much travelling experience myself, I am now happy to pass that passion along to other people.

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Q&A with Sofya

Roman pizza

What’s the best local dish you’ve tasted?

Nothing will ever compare to local Nepalese pizza or an authentic Thai green curry but, for me, the best local dish so far has been local Keralan cuisine in Fort Cochin. If you have the chance to go to southern India, try visiting one of the cafes that the locals frequent.

Lousa, Portugal

What's your most vivid travel moment?

I will never forget the moment I met my dog at a small municipal kennel in Lousa, Portugal. Although I’ve had plenty of magical moments in my travel days, I will never forget this day. She has now been with me for more than a decade and I am so happy that she chose me.

Traditional Rabelo boat, Porto

Your best piece of travel advice?

Before travelling to a new country try to learn a few words in the local language. It really makes a difference when you say ‘thank you’ or ‘hello’ to the locals in their language. You will encounter a lot of smiles and gratitude.