Clair has always had an interest in travel, however it was a semester spent abroad at Damascus University in Syria which first ignited her passion for North Africa and the Middle East.
After joining Audley as a North Africa specialist, she travelled to Turkey, Morocco, Oman, Jordan and Israel, further fuelling her love of this interesting and diverse region.
More recently, her search for notable wildlife and scenery took the form of a self-drive tour of Western Canada, cementing her passion for this beautiful and wide-ranging country.
When she’s not working, Clair enjoys spending time with her family, keeping fit and planning her next adventure.
We feel so lucky to have connected with Audley Travel for our trip to Jordan.
We feel so lucky to have connected with Audley Travel for our trip to Jordan. Travel Specialist Clair Grayland tailored a comprehensive itinerary that met our time and budget requirements. She was repeatedly available for trip planning phone calls (the time difference between London and San Francisco was no obstacle for her). She arranged for an excellent driver to meet us at the Amman Airport and over the next four days he escorted us to Umm Qais, Jerash, the Dead Sea and Petra. Wherever we traveled in Jordan, we felt safe and welcomed. Clair prepared us with travel and cultural tips and our driver was always willing to enhance our understanding. We will be using Audley Travel again.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable travel experience — and the one which has shaped many of my travels since — has to be visiting Petra for the first time. I was excited as we approached the historic sight and every expectation I had was instantly surpassed as soon as I took in the façade of the Treasury for the first time.
There are many must see treasures throughout the ancient city and my favourites have to be the High Place of Sacrifice and the Monastery. Located at the top of a challenging number of steps, the reward is utterly breath-taking.