Chloë's interest in travel began at university, when she used her summers to explore Central America and Europe. Upon graduating, she applied her English degree to a job in publishing and developed an interest in travel writing, which eventually brought her to Audley's marketing team.
She took a break from work to explore Indochina and then spent five months working in a chalet in Méribel. Upon leaving the French Alps after a long winter, she was ready for warmer climes and decided to travel through Sri Lanka. Here, she fell in love with the teardrop island — its landscape, history, food and charming people.
Since returning to Audley, Chloë has revisited the Indian Subcontinent. On her most recent trip she explored all corners of Sri Lanka, including Jaffna and the east coast. She then hopped across several islands in the Maldives, her favourites of which are Baros and Velassaru.
I'll never forget when…
Adam's Peak, also known as Sri Pada (holy footprint), is Sri Lanka's fourth largest peak at 2,243 metres above sea level. It's believed that the Buddha left his footprint here during one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Within the Christian faith, Christian's believe that Adam first set foot here when he was sent from Heaven. Unsurprisingly, it has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and, every night, local pilgrims and visitors hike to the summit to worship at the temple or simply marvel as the sun rises and reveals the mist clinging to the hillside. Because of the heat, it's advisable to start the ascent in the early hours of the morning so that you reach the top by sunrise. I began my ascent at 3am and, even in the relative coolness, had to stop to shed layers and drink water. The path is lit by lamps all the way to the top and, as it gets steeper, tourists take regular breaks to catch their breath and rest their legs. I walked part of the way with a local woman who has built her souvenir shop three quarters of the way up the mountain. She told me that she makes the ascent every night to sell her wares to visitors. She walked steadily in bare feet, carrying her young child on her back, barely breaking a sweat. I remember making a mental note never to complain about my own commute again.