Gillian caught the travel bug aged 18 after a month long volunteering and exploration trip to Vietnam. Since then she has travelled at every available opportunity and was fortunate enough to Inter-Rail through Europe during one summer break from university. She also accepted a summer job in Tahoe, California for three months, during which time she explored much of the state.
After graduating from University with a degree in history, she worked to fund a seven month backpacking adventure through Southeast Asia and Australasia, a trip which confirmed her desire to a pursue a career in the travel industry. Upon her return she joined Audley as a USA specialist and has been lucky enough to return to many areas of the US, including New England, the Deep South and most recently, Hawaii. Her favourite aspect of her job is sharing her experiences of the states she has visited. Her highlights include snorkeling with manta rays on Big Island, driving the Highway to Hana on Maui and a day trip to beautiful Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable moment of the USA was driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. My initial reservations over driving were quickly forgotten as I drove through the stunning mountain range surrounded by beautiful scenery on all sides. I was fortunate that time was on my side and I was able to stop at many of the lookout points located along the road and take in the views from 6,000 feet.