Driven by a long-standing interest in ancient temples and sweeping landscapes, I first visited Asia on a gap year in 2011, teaching English in the compound of a monastery outside Siem Reap. Learning about local religious tradition against the backdrop of Angkor Wat was an enviable introduction to the wonders and complexity of Asia, and provided a good grounding as I explored the region extensively.
Studying world religions at university offered the opportunity to live in Germany and Peru and do research in India, however after graduation, I returned to Southeast Asia on a life-changing trip to Indonesia. The combination of sprawling temple ruins, thriving cultures and sublime mountain sunsets reinvigorated a passion for the region and set me off on a career in travel.
Since joining Audley I have visited Indonesia and Myanmar discovering an interest in trekking and good Burmese food along the way.
I'll never forget when…
Watching the sun set on the Komodo Islands in Indonesia from a drifting boat, I was treated to an a view of thousands of flying foxes passing overhead. The vast natural migration occurs nightly when the bats leave their island home to go in search of fruit, nectar and blossoms. They are the largest bats in the world and can travel up to 60km (40 miles) in search of food. Here, they swoop and flutter overhead in a sublime display, which, set against the backdrop of a vivid setting sun, added immensely to the feeling of awe.