My passion for travel started during my gap year when I went from Japan back to the UK through Southeast Asia and the Middle East before driving to Tajikistan from London through Europe and Central Asia.
After completing a history of art degree I worked in marketing before the travel bug returned. I quit my job and spent another year wandering through India from Ladakh in the far north to the palaces and deserts of Rajasthan, and the coastline of Kerala, before heading off across Nepal and Southeast Asia to Indonesia.
Following on from this I took up a job with Audley as an India Specialist sharing my passion for this vast and varied country and its unique history, wildlife, culture and food. Although I love the whole country, green and tropical southern India with its vast tea plantations, palm-fringed beaches, sprawling jungles and unique culture and cuisine have stolen my heart.
I'll never forget when…
I thought I knew a fair amount about Indian food, however, when you travel to the country and taste authentic cooking you quickly understand how much you have been missing out on. My first thali experience was unforgettable. You are served a huge silver dish with a few empty bowls which waiters then fill with curries, fragrant rice, spicy dhals and freshly-cooked breads. You share a table with strangers and get an insight into the local community. The taste of that food and the conversations you have with always remind me how incredible a destination India is.