Matt loves to travel as much as he can, and has visited nearly 30 countries! After graduating from Brunel University with a degree in Business Studies and Sport Science, Matt headed off on a long-term trip, which took him to Canada, Australia and the Bahamas.
He dived straight into the travel industry upon his return to the UK, knowing that a job in travel would ensure he would always enjoy coming into work. Before joining Audley, Matt worked for an adventure travel tour operator for over four years, which specialised in long term travel programs all over the world. During that time his work took him to countries such as Belize, Cambodia and Thailand.
Matt joined our Hidden Beaches team based in London, and since being with us he has visited some incredible locations including the Maldives, Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Some of his personal highlights were snorkeling with turtles and reef sharks in the Maldives, seeing wild orangutans in Borneo and riding the fastest roller coaster in the world in Abu Dhabi.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable moment would have to be a time I was snorkeling at sunset in the Maldives. I was totally alone, and had just been enjoying the colourful coral and vibrant marine life (including four large reef sharks swimming nearby, which was amazing!). I had just got out of the water at the end of a jetty and was taking photos of one of the most incredible sunsets I have ever witnessed, when I heard a lot of splashing not far from where I was.
When I turned, I saw a huge pod of dolphins swimming about 50 m (160 ft) away. There were baby dolphins jumping out of the water along with their parents, just enjoying the freedom of the ocean. I watched them until it was too dark to see. There were no boats, no people, and no sign of other resorts on the horizon - just me, the sunset and the first wild dolphins I had ever seen. That moment will stay with me forever.