Layla achieved an honours degree in classics and a postgraduate masters in rhetoric, winning her an internship at the University of London, working in the events and sales department. Her classics degree provided her with the opportunity to work as a shore excursion leader on board a cruise ship that focused on culture and antiquity. This gave her the chance to explore much of the world, leading passengers in three continents and more than 40 countries.
After 14 months on board, Layla relocated to Australia for one year on a working visa and spent over a month living like one of the locals in Bali with some Balinese friends. Wanting to settle down on home soil, but keen to use her travel industry and sales skills, she joined Audley.
Having returned from extensive travels through Italy, Layla is now one of the founding members of Audley’s Italy team. She's continuing to share her travel knowledge and passion with others and inspire them to travel.
I'll never forget when…
After spending a few days in Rome appreciating its history, architecture and artwork, it was wonderful to visit the Rome Gladiator School and its hands-on museum to learn more about gladiator life in a very interactive (and physical) way. I had great fun dressing up, trying on helmets and brandishing weapons before I was allowed to start 'training' in the arena. My training culminated with three contests where, I'm pleased to say, I was declared victorious.