At a young age I volunteered in the Dominican Republic and Paraguay which ignited my passion for travel, culture and community. Travel became an integral part of my life and entering college, I knew I wanted to study abroad, though I wasn't sure where. While Europe seemed a likely choice, I was hoping for somewhere more obscure. Luck and adventure brought me to Thailand and while there I explored Southeast Asia extensively.
After six years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earning a BA in Business and an MA in Education, I decided to combine my passion for travel with education and taught English in South Korea. From there I visited Taiwan and Japan and then returned to Southeast Asia to explore Vietnam. Upon my return to the States, I taught middle school geography and US history. However, teaching culture is not the same as experiencing culture, which ultimately brought me to Audley.
Emily will do anything to make sure a trip is not just a trip, but a genuine, memorable, and unique adventure.
As a well seasoned traveler, I knew the standards of good travel and I had a very high bar set. Emily was definitely up for the challenge and came up with a tailor-made experience that will forever stand as an unforgettable adventure. She selected the perfect destinations that matched my requests. With surprises at every city, whether that was a bouquet of flowers upon my hotel arrival or private dinners on the beach. Emily will do anything to make sure a trip is not just a trip, but a genuine, memorable, and unique adventure.
I'll never forget when…
While driving in Cambodia my guide asked if I would like to try planting rice as we passed some farmers in their fields. I took off my shoes and a boy demonstrated quickly and gracefully how to grab a bundle of grass while I struggled to stay upright. I tried to mirror his technique but even after some practice could only create a half bundle in triple the amount of time. I gestured for him to take it but he shook his head and looked respectfully towards his mother. At that moment I understood just how integral love and respect for elders is in Cambodian life