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'Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer'. Marie discovered this when she embarked upon her first gap year to Asia and Australasia. This included a visit to Japan where she was mesmerised by the unique culture and landscapes.

Marie studied Geography, alongside Chinese and Japanese, at the University of Sheffield. This was the beginning of her travel bug; she has since explored over 90 countries and counting. After a few years of backpacking, Marie trained as a teacher and became Head of Geography at a British International School in Dubai. This provided a base for further exploration of the Middle East and Asia, including travels back to Japan.

Marie decided to follow her love of travel and joined Audley as a Japan Specialist, where she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience of Japan with others.

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I'll never forget when…

One of the highlights of my time in Japan was undoubtedly sand bathing in Beppu, on the southern island of Kyushu. This is a unique experience, even for Japan — getting buried up to your neck in volcanic sand and heated by the hot springs below. The heat and heaviness of the sand took some getting used to, yet it was a strangely calming spa treatment. After fifteen minutes of 'cooking', I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders — quite literally! The onsen (natural hot spring) bathing afterwards provided the perfect end to a relaxing and rejuvenating day.

Photos of Marie

Marie at Black Crow Castle, Matsumoto, Japan Marie at Black Crow Castle, Matsumoto, Japan
Marie visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan Marie visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Marie visiting Hida Folk Village, Takayama, Japan Marie visiting Hida Folk Village, Takayama, Japan
Marie on the Nakasendo Highway, Japan Marie on the Nakasendo Highway, Japan

Photos taken by Marie

Narai in winter Narai in winter
Narai in winter Narai in winter
Narai in winter Narai in winter
Narai main street Narai main street
Riverside Riverside
Shirakawago Shirakawago
Kamikochi Kamikochi
Nikko Shrine Nikko Shrine
Himeji Castle Himeji Castle
Hiroshima Peace Ceremony Hiroshima Peace Ceremony
Shirakawago Shirakawago
Shirakawago Shirakawago