Rachel, Japan & Southeast Asia Specialist
Rachel's always had a drive to explore new areas of the globe. Whether living with a family in Italy, running a beach bungalow in Mui Ne, Vietnam, or teaching English in South Korea, travel has always been her greatest passion. After graduating with a degree in International Affairs from U.C. Boulder, she embarked on her transcontinental journey to Asia. Arriving home two and a half years later, she began a career in international travel.
Now at Audley, she's designing once-in-a-lifetime trips, diving into her favorite cultures in an immersive, exciting way. Thailand, Vietnam and Japan are such unique, different and exotic marvels that it's hard to not fall in love with all of these incredible countries and all that they have to offer. Whether its hanging with elephants in their natural and preserved habitat in Khao Lak, Thailand, feasting on the unforgettably delicious banh mis (a type of baguette) in Hoi An, Vietnam, or hiking the stunning Nakasendo trail through the Kiso Valley of Japan — these destinations are without a doubt her three global favorites.
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I'll never forget when…
While driving into the Mai Chau valley in Vietnam, we stopped at this small market run by the Muong people who lived in the village at the bottom of the mountain pass. The market itself was so local and authentic. I noticed some of the older women wearing traditional dress. I sat with one of the older women while eating egg dipped in their local pepper, which had this amazing natural orange aroma to it, and trying her freshly brewed hot tea. Our guide translated some of our communication, which made the exchange even more meaningful. The woman allowed me to buy one of her similar, authentic headscarves. At the end of this fairly brief stop, I was so touched by the encounter and exchange I had with this woman and her family, I realized I wouldn't have ever experienced this if it weren't for traveling with Audley.