I grew up in a family that loved to explore new and exciting destinations around the world and this sparked my passion for travel and adventure. At the age of 19, I decided that university could wait, but travel could not. I deferred my place at Leeds University and set off on a six-month trip around Southeast Asia to explore Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. I completely fell in love with the region, the people and the food. I returned home but found it difficult to stay away for long, returning to Indonesia the following summer to continue exploring.
My most recent adventure saw me returning to Thailand and Vietnam during my first Audley trip and this reignited my love for these countries and all that they have to offer.
I'll never forget when…
Learning how to ride a moped in Pai in northwest Thailand was quite thrilling. I spent the day exploring the town and its surroundings, aimlessly following the winding roads. I eventually ended up at Pai Canyon where giant rock walls snake out into a forested canyon. I made my way across the narrow trails, the canyon sides dropping precipitously below me, and was rewarded with the most magnificent sunset. With time, I came to understand that these vivid Thai sunsets were a regular occurrence across the country, but that first one sticks indelibly in my mind.