Sophie's love for travel began whilst she was studying for her degree in history at the University of York. It started with a climb of Kilimanjaro and continued with a three month work project at an NGO in Mali, West Africa after graduation.
Inspired to work in the travel industry she moved from Manchester to Brighton to begin a role in adventure travel. It was here that her love for Southeast Asia developed, culminating in a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. This led her to Audley, adding Borneo and Indonesia to the mix, with Borneo quickly becoming one of her top destinations; combining her love of trekking, wildlife and culture, it's perfect. She has also recently been designated an Audley Responsible Travel specialist for parts of Myanmar.
In her spare time, Sophie enjoys travel writing, reading and exploring the countryside, as well as trying to cook some of the amazing food she's tried on her travels.
I'll never forget when…
After trekking for three hours through the Borneo jungle in the Danum Valley, my guide stood completely still and began listening for something. Out of the trees, just to my left, was a male orangutan. He seemed completely unconcerned by us and carried on eating fruit for a couple of minutes before disappearing into the forest.
This was my first experience of a completely wild orangutan and I felt so honoured to have seen him, especially as we were the only ones that day to spot him. Add that to the feeling of being in primary rainforest, combined to make the whole experience pretty magical.