As an accomplished athlete and Boston native, Samantha has always lived an active lifestyle. Prior to majoring in communications at Goucher College, Samantha spent a summer in Europe researching architecture and sculptures for her minor in Art History. Ever since, Samantha has been fortunate enough to continue to explore the globe; her preferred destinations include Botswana, France, Thailand, and Turkey. Samantha's first years at Audley were spent as a Southern Africa specialist.
Since then she has joined Audley's Europe team with a focus on France. After extensively traveling through France she has gained an in-depth knowledge of the French way of life through food, art and wine. Although she loves traveling the world, Samantha feels there is no place like home and her perfect day would include watching the Patriots win at Gillette Stadium with a hotdog and beer in hand.
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Samantha and Audley Travel made my trip to South Africa flawless.
Wesley Hunter traveled to South Africa for 16 days in March 2016, organized by Samantha S
Samantha and Audley Travel made my trip to South Africa flawless. The reason I picked Audley was because I was going to a place with a lot of unknowns, and I wanted my trip to be timeless and have a good flow. And my expectations were met. From the moment I walked off my plane, there was someone waiting for me at my gate to escort me through the airport - impressive. On my first full day I was taken on a walking food tour and I loved it. My guide listened to my interest, and catered my tour to my wants. The hotels were also impressive--I have never experienced the outstanding level of customer service as I did at the 12 Apostles. And at Notten's Bush Camp at the Sabi Sand, I felt like I was part of their family. I was able to get to know several employees, and that made my stay very enriching. The guide and tracker were very informative and able to point out something at a moments notice, such as a the track marks that only they could figure out.
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What I appreciate most about travel is having the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. I was lucky enough to spend the morning exploring the streets of Saint-Germain-de-Près in Paris with a local Parisian, Christine. We spent the morning walking in and out of traditional French boulangeries and patisseries. As we strolled along, she taught me about the history of French cuisine and the way certain pastries are linked to important historical events, such as the world-famous croissant, all while tasting different goodies along the way. I particularly liked the financier, a mini almond cake designed specifically for businessmen. It's a light and moist cake, small enough to be conveniently eaten on the way to work.