SORAYA SHEIKH - 32 YEARS OLD
In November 2016 I visited the Peruvian Rainforest and trekked Machu Picchu which changed my life quite significantly. The experience cemented my dream of going travelling o I have decided to take a career break to see more of the world. I was aware that Hayley had spent the last 10 years travelling quite extensively, so I thought she would be a great person to get advice from about my travelling plans. From the moment I contacted her, I could sense that she was so genuinely excited for me and really wanted to help me plan my perfect adventure. She asked me a number of questions to ensure she fully understood my reasons and motivations for travelling and suggested a flight path which was very similar to what I had in my head - I took this as a good sign as it meant that she understood what I want to get out of travelling.
After more discussions about my interests and likes, she recommended I sign up to Workaway and Couchsurfing as she knew I was keen to volunteer abroad and save money. I've signed up to both and have been speaking to a number of volunteer hosts about possible volunteering opportunities in the countries I am planning to visit so it's proved worthwhile to become a member.
I'm still planning my adventure and Hayley has been on hand to answer any questions I have and give advice specific to me which is fantastic!
KAILEE GILCHRIST - 30 YEARS OLD
When my best friend and I decided to do a big trip in 2015 we finally landed on Thailand! As we both knew so little about Asia I decided to grab some tips from Hayley over a glass of wine!
I always knew I wanted to visit Chiang Mai in the north of the country and she told me about this tiny village in the mountains called Pai. When we finally arrived in Chiang Mai we decided to follow Hayley’s advise and drive 3 hours up a beautiful mountain to reach this mysterious Pai. We were not disappointed. It was a hippie haven of jungle, waterfalls, cute cafes and people living harmoniously alongside one another no matter what background. We felt like we were in a secret location hidden from the busy streets of Chaing Mai. Our only regret was not staying longer, so thank you Hayley for making our adventure even more special and unusual.
Amanda Reeece & Cassie Tone - 30 years old
After previously having amazing trips in Asia, a friend and I decided to try and squeeze in a trip to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in 2 weeks! I knew Hayley had spent a lot of time travelling over Asia and after compiling an initial itinerary list Hayley was happy to look over it and help us with logistics and timings. We hadn't considered travel time between places and Hayley was brilliant at suggesting alternatives for travel, whether it be the cheapest or quickest modes of transport. Our initial itinerary was reduced to a number of key destinations but, we were still able to get a full feel for the places.
The trip was amazing and didn't feel rushed at all. We managed to see everything we wanted and more thanks to Hayley's recommendations. I would definitely need to return and spend more time there, but the amount we saw in the 2 weeks was incredible.
My next trip will be to South America, and Hayley has been on hand to help me every step of the way!