Travel has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. My maternal family is from the Philippines and some of my earliest memories are of playing hide and seek in my grandparents’ plantation while my ‘lolo’ (granddad) and ‘lola’ (grandma) harvested coffee beans.
These yearly trips to the Philippines ignited a desire to immerse myself in cultures different from my own and led me to study Spanish and Italian at Cardiff University.
As part of a year abroad, I lived in Urubamba in the Sacred Valley in Peru, with a host family for four months. This gave me first-hand experience of the rich and vibrant culture that shapes the region’s people, along with the opportunity to meet individuals from various walks of life who shared the same affinity for travel. At Audley, I hope to use my experiences to help others discover the essence of new cultures too.
I'll never forget when…
After two-hours in a boat with an outboard motor followed by another two hours in a canoe winding through a narrow stream, we reached our remote Amazonian lodge. The trip alone was an incredible opportunity to experience the jungle at night and as we arrived the lake below the lodge sparkled with ominous red eyes. We soon understood why the locals called it 'caiman city'. Over the following days, I fell asleep to the sound of chirpy weaver birds building their pendulum-shaped nests in the trees around my wooden cabana after days of packed excursions. It was an otherworldly experience.