Tesia, Japan & Thailand Specialist
I first visited Japan on a youth exchange program where I spent six weeks on Miyakojima, an island of Okinawa. Later I returned to experience a more 'classic' Japanese trip, visiting Tokyo and Kyoto. My interest in Japan continued to grow and I majored in Communications and East Asian Languages and Cultures at Wake Forest University. After studying abroad in Osaka, and again, experiencing the true warmth of the Japanese people, the amazing food and the beautiful country, I knew I had to live in Japan. Upon graduation I joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program where I spent five years teaching English in Aomori prefecture of northern Japan.
To continue my interest in global travel, I received a Masters in Tourism from The George Washington University School of Business with a concentration in Sustainable Tourism.
While living in Japan I also had the opportunity to travel outside of the country, choosing to explore Southeast Asia. My first trip was to southern Thailand, visiting both Bangkok and some of the country’s many unspoilt beaches. I enjoyed both the food and culture, later returning to travel around the northern region. I’ve been traveling to Thailand for more than 10 years now, recently returning with Audley to gain even more personal knowledge of this rewarding destination.
When I’m not planning my next trip, I enjoy winter sports, animals, cooking and watching the Olympics.
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As far as I am concerned, Audley will be my travel company for life and I recommend it to anyone wanting to travel abroad.
We have been yearning to visit Japan for over 15 years. I contacted several travel agencies for quotes and Audley was different immediately. Rather than contacting me via email with vague options, I was contacted personally via phone by a Japan specialist, Tesia. I loved that she had spent many years living in Japan and would give me advice that came from experience. Most importantly; she was as excited as I was to plan our trip and really cared about making it wonderful. Tesia was able to plan a trip that gave us the perfect balance between modern and traditional Japan. I was shocked to see that a trip that included so much and several private guides was just as affordable as the trips being quoted to me by more run-of-the-mill travel agencies. Not only did Audley not disappoint, it exceeded all our expectations! We had the most wonderful trip to Japan, were able to see EVERYTHING we wanted to see, had absolutely wonderful guides, and had great accommodations. Tesia guided me every step of the way and was incredibly patient with my thousands of questions, changes to the itinerary and nervous excitement. We knew this would be the trip of a lifetime, and it was, thanks in large part to Tesia and Audley. I was so impressed by Audley that I am now planning an upcoming trip to Italy. As far as I am concerned, Audley will be my travel company for life and I recommend it to anyone wanting to travel abroad. Thank you Tesia and Audley for memories we will treasure for the rest of our lives and for more memories to come!
I'll never forget when…
I enjoy snow and love exploring winter activities, the year I spent my birthday at the Sapporo Snow Festival was a very memorable time for me in Japan. I had seen photos of the large sculptures that are produced at this time, but nothing can compare to actually experiencing the detail and amount of snow that goes into creating these elaborate creations. I had not expected the variety of locations around the city that different festivals, events and sculptures are located! I loved drinking hot whisky in an ice bar, building snowmen with hundreds of others, and viewing the sculptures and events at night. If you love winter and festivals like I do, I would add the Sapporo Snow Festival to your bucket list!