As a wildlife fanatic, Tanjung Puting in Indonesian Borneo surpassed all my expectations. It’s not an easy place to travel to and to me, that’s what made it so special. The exhilaration begins as you walk to the orangutan feeding stations, where hopefully you’ll spot a mother with a baby holding tight as she swings through the trees. Taking a cruise on the Klotok Riverboat and mooring overnight in the jungle is magical. On a clear night the sky is lit up by a canopy of stars and bioluminescent plankton lights up the water like a magic carpet.
I have held a passion for travel ever since my first study abroad experience in Florence, Italy in 2011. Since then I have been fortunate to have worked both in Florence, Italy and Australia and I have spent nearly nine months living, working, traveling and eating my way throughout Southeast Asia.
Over the years I have gained a passion for planning and exploring new destinations around the world. When I travel I focus on traveling as sustainably as possible, enjoy visiting the areas where I can interact with locals, uncover the sites I learn about in books, practice new languages and my personal favorite — seeking out the best local foods in the area I’m in.
Aside from my passion for travel you can find me practicing yoga or kickboxing, searching my next scuba diving destination, painting watercolor postcards, gardening, or reading with a cup of chai tea.
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We would definitely travel with Audley again, it was worth every penny!
We loved our Audley trip to Thailand. It was both stress free and full of adventure, plus we felt very safe and well taken care of. We loved all of the hotels that our country specialist Alix selected. We especially enjoyed the bike adventure in Bangkok, the elephant sanctuary, the waterfall hike, visiting the coffee and tea plantations, and getting the chance to celebrate Songkran. We would definitely travel with Audley again, it was worth every penny!
Situated right on the pristine, white-sand beaches of Khao Lak, this hotel is not only romantic, homely and unquestionably Thai, but it has a great story. The hotel survived the devastating tsunami of 2004 and had to rebuild from the ground up with each bungalow named after the men and women who rebuilt them. The bungalows and suites, tropical gardens and exotic dining options make the most of the scenic setting with idyllic views of quiet Thai beaches. You also get easy access to fishing or scuba diving in the Andaman Sea, and the option for cocktails with a vivid sunset view.
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Meeting the mahouts and their families and visiting their homes was a great introduction to the sustainable elephant sanctuary at Elephant Nature Foundation in Chiang Mai. Soon after, we were led to a clearing in the jungle and assured there was no need to be afraid. We were handed bananas and then the mahouts called to the elephants. Within minutes, two large female elephants and a baby came barreling through the trees toward us. It was incredible feeling feeding an elephant by hand, and to top it all off, we were able to touch one of these amazing creatures and feel the 16-month baby kicking in her belly.