Andy's passion for travel began aged 18 backpacking for a month by himself through India, followed a few years later by a three year global trip involving trekking in Nepal, volunteering in the slums of Calcutta, sailing down the Brahmaputra River in Bangladesh on the Rocket steamer, working in Hong Kong and hitch hiking from one side of Australia to the other.
When Andy returned to the UK he joined a travel company to indulge his curiosity for new places and cultural experiences and has visited destinations as diverse as Bolivia to Burkina Faso, Laos to Mongolia and Iran to the Indonesian islands of Flores and Komodo. However there's no question that Andy's heart lies in the Indian Subcontinent, visiting the majority of countries there including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and India many times.
Since joining Audley, Andy has returned to India, travelling through Rajasthan and Nepal, further exploring the diverse cultures of both countries. He has also researched Gujarat in India for Audley. When Andy is not travelling he's mostly thinking about it! He enjoys walking, food, music and walking his Lakeland Terrier in the Cotswolds.
I'll never forget when…
Being in Mumbai during Diwali (the Indian Festival of Light) was an amazing and memorable experience. This is celebrated by letting off thousands of fireworks, the whole of Mumbai was celebrating and the evening sky was ablaze with a riot of colour from the fireworks. We partied with the 'Mumbaikers' well into the night. A mind-blowing experience and I don't even like fireworks!