Our Contributors

Our blog is regularly updated by a small team of contributors who all work for Audley Travel. Together, we aim to bring you the latest news from Audley, including new updates to our website, plus discussions on the latest travel-related TV programmes, exhibitions we have visited, websites we have found.

Adam Hopkinson - 4 posts

Adam Hopkinson

Adam is one of our web developers at Audley, looking after the technical side of this blog as well as the main website and a few other projects, such as the online quote system. Since joining Audley on a university placement year, Adam has stayed with an Iban tribe in Borneo, journeyed up the Mekong through Vietnam and Cambodia and swam with whale sharks in Western Australia.

claire.saylor - 2 posts

Claire has worked in Travel Marketing for more than seven years and has a Master’s degree in Marketing and Sales Strategy for Tourism Companies from the University of Barcelona. She has called five countries and three continents home. After first venturing abroad to study in Spain and Chile, her overseas adventure really began when she landed a journalism job in Costa Rica. Being at the heart of the eco-tourism movement inspired her to pursue a career in the travel industry. Some of her favorite trips include 10 days backpacking in Morocco, celebrating the Fiestas de San Fermin in Pamplona, hiking up [and sliding down] the Villarica volcano in Chile and participating in an Adventure Travel summit in Chiapas, Mexico.

Emma Skelton - 15 posts

Emma Skelton

At Audley Emma juggles marketing with responsible travel, something which is integral to Audley’s ethos. Whether this is identifying community projects and environmental lodges or looking at different ways that we can support overseas initiatives. Emma’s interest in travel started when she went to Kenya at the age of 18, working at a school on the plains on the edge of the Nairobi National Park. This was followed by a second year away to Australia and Southeast Asia, in addition to many trips to Canada where her family originated.

Holly Wheawall - 1 posts

Holly Wheawall

After completing a BA (hons) degree in English, Holly embarked upon a trip around Australasia, Southeast Asia, China and India. Since working for Audley, Holly has revisited Southeast Asia many times. After moving into the Hidden Beaches team she has been discovering some fantastic beaches worldwide, from the Indian Ocean to the many islands of the Philippines.

Julie Ganski - 1 posts

Julie Ganski

Julie's passion for traveling and love for Asia began on a tour through Tibet during college where she immersed herself in the local culture touring monasteries and studying Buddhist art and philosophy. Fascinating, insightful and ultimately life-changing, the trip inspired her career in travel and left her with a desire to discover as many different cultures as possible. Travelling extensively throughout Cambodia she spent time in the jungles of Mondulkiri, travelled to Kratie to see rare dolphins in the Mekong River, explored the different beaches of Kep and Sihanoukville as well as their nearby islands, and spent time with a local family under the shade of their makeshift hut on the banks of the Tonle Sap River. Getting off the beaten track and seeing how much more the country had to offer than just its famed temples, Julie was inspired to explore more of the region to understand the rich history and unique diversity. Since joining Audley, she has returned to Cambodia and travelled extensively throughout Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Completely captivated by the warm people, delicious food, interesting architecture, and fascinating history, Julie loves sharing her passion and first-hand knowledge of Indochina to help others experience all the region has to offer.

Katy Pannell - 144 posts

Katy Pannell

Katy has worked in the e-Commerce team as a Web Content Editor for just over four years and writes many of the travel blogs, articles and guides that feature on external websites, as well as managing a number of our social media accounts, including Pinterest, and LinkedIn. She has travelled extensively, in Europe, North America, Costa Rica, Thailand, Alaska and Australia, and her most memorable travel experiences include canopy walking in the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve in Costa Rica, visiting the hill tribe villages of Northern Thailand and landing on a glacier in Alaska. Having worked in television and film prior to joining Audley, Katy has a strong interest in multimedia and enjoys creating new and interesting content for the website.

Liz Stanford - 16 posts

Liz Stanford

Liz is a Web Content Editor at Audley and covers the Indian Subcontinent, Central & South America and North Africa & Arabia. She is passionate about travel and photography and did a degree in Anthropology at Durham followed by Art Foundation and Photography courses. Having worked in publishing, as a photographer and at the Ashmolean Museum she now pursues her love of travel at Audley. She has travelled widely and has enjoyed such highlights as walking through a penguin colony in Antarctica, seeing a tiger and her cubs in India (and having the chance to photograph them up close!), relaxing in a hot spring in Japan and trekking in the Atlas Mountains and Himalayas. [Liz Stanford has now left Audley]

Loic Robertson - 47 posts

Loic Robertson

Loic is Head of E-Commerce Manager at Audley - responsible for our team of in-house web developers and content editors, defining and driving forward the online strategy for the company. He has always worked within the travel industry, moving from product, brochures and traditional sales and marketing to concentrate on the online world in 1991, when the internet first emerged. When he is not working he enjoys travelling, skiing, mountain biking, sailing and spending time with his wife and two young children.

Louise Hayes - 141 posts

Louise Hayes

Louise has been in the E-Commerce team at Audley for over two years now and currently looks after South America, the Indian Subcontinent and the Polar region sections of the website. Previously she worked on websites for Steppes Travel and the National Trust. Her favourite travel experiences include scuba diving in the Maldives, sky diving in New Zealand and dog sledding in Alaska, with Nepal and Peru next on her wish list.

Mark Jeffries - 44 posts

Mark recently joined Audley as a Web Content Editor. He has worked in a variety of web editorial and digital marketing roles, ranging from online retail and publishing to academia. He is currently looking after content for Australasia, North Africa & the Middle East, Canada & The USA and North Asia & Russia on the Audley website. He has travelled throughout Europe and parts of north Africa and his favourite travel experiences include visiting the pyramids at Giza, the temples at Luxor and Karnak, and the amphitheatre of El Jem in Tunisia. Next on his lengthy wish list of places he'd like to visit are Japan, China, India and Peru.

Roz Balen - 1 posts

Roz Balen

Before encountering Africa, Roz worked on a research project in Borneo with Orang-utans, travelled around Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. However, on her first trip to the continent after graduating in 2007, Roz fell in love with Africa. She started working in South Africa with a game capture team and as soon as her time was up she started planning how to go back! As Roz’s main interest is in wildlife, she then completed a MSc. in Wild Animal Biology. After graduating she immediately went back to Africa, this time to the Okavango Delta in Botswana where she lived in a Bushcamp for a year assisting with a PhD research project. During her time in Botswana, Roz travelled throughout the country, visiting the Makgadikgadi Pans to dart zebra, visiting friends at different lodges and camping in the Central Kalahari. A recent return trip with Audley in her role as Product Executive has seen her driving herself 3000km around Namibia, canoeing in the Zambezi River avoiding clusters of crocodiles and hippo, approaching lions, wild dogs and elephant on foot in the South Luangwa, kayaking with seals off Pelican Point, zipping over the Okavango Delta in a Cessna 206 and struggling up the dunes at Sossusvlei!

Shaun Embury - 242 posts

Shaun Embury

Shaun is a Web Content Editor for the Audley website. He has travelled extensively, including Europe and further afield to Canada, USA (including Alaska), New Zealand, Australia, The Middle East, plus over a dozen countries covering East and West Africa. The highlights of his travels include camping in the desert near the little known pyramids of Meroe in Sudan, visiting Mountain Gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo and sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. Working on the website day-to-day continues to fire his interest in travel and a motorcycle trip through South America along the lines of "The Motorcycle Diaries" remains an ambition.

sian wait - 1 posts

Sian Wait

During her time at university, Sian decided she needed a challenge which pushed her out of her comfort zone. After watching Slumdog Millionaire, she came to the decision to travel to India by herself and do some voluntary work. From then on, she was hooked and ventured out to India to explore further. Sian's love for India and travelling was so strong that she decided a career in this area would be the perfect next step. Since joining Audley, she has also travelled extensively around Sri Lanka and experienced all of the wonderful things the country has to offer.

Steve Cook - 24 posts

Steve Cook

Steve joined Audley as web content editor in March 2010 and took over the day-to-day management of the Indian Subcontinent, South & Central America and Polar region sections of the web site. His top travel experiences so far include scuba diving off the coast of Grand Cayman, white-water rafting on the Shotover River near Queenstown and hiking over the Fox Glacier in New Zealand. If he had the choice to go anywhere in the world for his next trip, he'd probably pick a wildlife-spotting hike through the lush rainforests of Borneo or a trip to Guatemala to visit the ancient Mayan ruins of El Peten. [Steve Cook has now left Audley.]

Tim Parry - 1 posts

Tim Parry

Tim set off to travel at a young age and spent several months travelling around South East Asia. It wasn't long before he was drawn to Africa and he rapidly fell in love with this amazing continent. Tim has recently explored Mozambique and Tanzania with Audley visiting many of the camps and lodges that we offer. Tim's highlights include seeing the sun rise over Mount Kilimanjaro, a walking safari with the Masai and island hopping in Mozambique. It is the range of wildlife and extraordinary landscapes that have left Tim with an infectious desire to return to Africa again and again.