My dad was a navy man, and growing up, I had travel in my blood. For me, travel has always been an invitation to embrace new cultures, gain enriching experiences, and insights into the lives of others, which ultimately helps us become better versions of ourselves. I strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to travel and fully immerse themselves in the wonders of a new destination.
The Asia Pacific region holds a special place in my heart, as it was where I took my first bold step onto a plane, not knowing what to expect. If you want to hear about my adventures, ask me about discovering the most delectable Pad Thai in southern Thailand or embarking on an enthralling journey across Komodo, searching for dragons, only to find them hanging out in the kitchen (clever creatures know where the food is made).
My most memorable trip
My first ever yacht trip took me from Thailand to Singapore and through the islands of Indonesia, with a highlight being a swim in the phosphorescent waters of Raja Ampat. It was like floating among stars, and these magical moments, coupled with my immersion in a new culture, are eternally etched in my memory.
On my bucket list
I'd love to travel to Bhutan. With its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural tapestry, and a commitment to prioritising Gross National Happiness over GDP, the country offers a unique and holistic travel experience.
See where I’ve travelled
"One of my most cherished travel memories is savouring a bowl of Ramen in Japan. It was in a quaint little restaurant recommended by our guide, and to this day, I find myself yearning to taste that incredible flavour once more."Explore destination
Papua New Guinea
"I'll always remember the day I got to meet the head of a village community in Papua. It was a humbling experience to witness the resilience and depth of knowledge in such a young individual."Explore destination
"Encountering orangutans in Borneo is an experience I'll never forget. It was truly heartwarming to witness their ability to imitate human behaviors, a fascinating result of their exposure to our presence."Explore destination
"For my 30th birthday, I opted for a Machu Picchu adventure. Choosing to 'walk into my 30s', I ended up at the summit of the highest pass on the very day I intended to mark this milestone. My best friend had sent a gift along, keeping in mind my request for something light, considering I'd be lugging it throughout the entire journey. I unwrapped the package to find a book, although unrelated to the region, yet it turned out to be an excellent read!"Explore destination
My favourite trip
Angkor Wat and Phuket
This trip embodies the essence of Asia for me - the vibrant energy of Bangkok, the huddle of temples, serene countrysides and of course plenty of time at the beach.
My favourite hotel
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
I love a tented camp and open-air bathtub and this combined with the potential sightings of elephants; what else can you ask for?
High-quality touring at high-quality hotels no matter where you may find yourself. We like to immerse ourselves in a new country by day and relax at night. Jacada made that happen in far-flung Cambodian locales from the bustle of Phnom Penh to the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains to the sites of the temple city of Siem Reap. Truly special.
Travel designers were very friendly and put together the custom trip that we asked for and also added a few special surprises. We received good information, our guides were professional and helpful and all went smoothly as planned.
Jacada supplied the expertise and logistical help my wife and I needed to experience our dream honeymoon! We are both experienced travelers who enjoy planning our own trips and were a little nervous about trusting a travel agency to handle the details. Jacada's team quickly put those fears to rest with their thoughtful and thorough planning of our trip, a…
From the moment I first contacted Jacada Travel, I knew I was in excellent hands. My travel consultant, Charlie Morris, was incredibly knowledgeable and patient, taking the time to understand my travel preferences and build a customized itinerary that was perfect for me. Charlie's meticulous planning was evident in every aspect of my trip, ensuring that I experienced the best…
Could not have had a more exciting, rewarding and uplifting experience in India. Everything was sensational; from Charlie and Gilda's planning, Sanjeev's extraordinary and insightful guiding, Ramesh and Shankar's perfect driving, the itinerary which took us everyplace we asked and more and added memorable experiences along the way, fantastic accommodations, the local guides who knew the ropes, and on and…
My top tips
To fully savour the delights of Japanese cuisine, let the locals be your guides and make sure you explore the myriad of food stands in the bustling markets.
I always recommend visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Venture off the beaten path, as it often leads to the most memorable and rewarding experiences.
Get out on the harbour to enjoy the best, uninterrupted views in Sydney.
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