I took every opportunity I could to travel during university, from Costa Rica to Fiji and everywhere in between, but it was Asia that really grabbed me. After graduating and spending two years working in PR and marketing, I knew that I hadn’t quenched my thirst for travel and I decided to move to Hanoi, Vietnam where I taught English for six months.
I used Hanoi as a launch pad to explore. I fell in love with Malaysia when I visited for a wellness retreat, I chased my love for all things botanical during a trip to Singapore, and I completed yoga teacher training while in India.
On my return, I couldn’t stop telling stories about the history, food and incredible people that I had encountered during the year and knew that what I wanted most was to enable people to experience South Asia in the way that I had.
I'll never forget when…
Staying at a homestay in the Mekong Delta, I made an unexpected connection with my hosts that has remained with me ever since. On arrival, we had seemed worlds apart, but sharing new skills forged a connection that overcame all the language and cultural barriers. I helped them ground rice flour and cook Vietnamese pancakes, while I practised my Vietnamese and they their English. We laughed, created and shared in a way which I did not think would be possible with only a smattering of common words but it made me truly feel like a part of their family.