With British parents, Andrea grew up in England listening to stories of colonial Africa and the Far East. At the age of eight she took her first solo trip to Australia to visit her aunt and she hasn’t stopped traveling since.
In 2003 Andrea moved to Cambodia where she founded Journeys Within Tour Company and Boutique Hotel. In the years that followed, she set up offices in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, as well as the U.S. headquarters in Truckee, California. In 2018, Journeys Within was acquired by Wild Frontiers and Andrea took on a leadership role in expanding Wild Frontiers’ U.S. operations while still working with clients interested in Southeast Asia tours.
Andrea has been a Condé Nast Traveler Travel Specialist for Southeast Asia since 2007, has been recognized by Travel + Leisure as an A-List agent, and has been included in Wendy Perrin’s WOW list of trusted travel experts since its inception. Andrea splits her time between the U.S. and Southeast Asia and travels extensively to make sure the guides, drivers and hotels used by Journeys Within are up to standard. She loves to find new and unique trips, hotels and experiences for her guests.
Since starting the tour company, Andrea has focused on philanthropic travel and the idea that travel can change the world. She is on the board of directors for Journeys Within Our Community, a non-profit organization that she cofounded in 2005. She is also on the board of the Marine Megafauna Foundation, using her knowledge of travel and philanthropy to help their amazing mission.
Andrea has two children who are great travelers and go wherever she goes. When in the U.S. Andrea continues to travel, speaking at clubs and schools, promoting philanthropic travel, fundraising for JWOC, and building the Wild Frontiers brand amongst U.S. travelers.
Q: Favorite city:
A: I love Bangkok, the mix of East meets West and the food, people and constant bustle, which still feeling totally safe!
Q: Favourite country:
A: I have to choose Cambodia - I just love the genuineness of the people and the simple beauty of the countryside. Living there and being included in their community was an honor! I do have to mention Zimbabwe thought, Mana Pools National Park is one of the most magical places on earth!
Q: Favourite meal:
A: I love Laos sticky rice. Clearly I don’t have a discerning palate
Q: Most memorable journey:
A: Can I say life! So hard to choose! I did a live aboard dive boat in the Raja Amphat in Indonesia and that was mind blowing, I loved India and the Taj Mahal and of course the kids and I have had some amazing adventures in Southeast Asia, including one of my favorite trips to Kanchanaburi and the River Kwai.
Q: Next on must-see list:
A: I’m really hoping to see Morocco and Mongolia in the coming years, but of course Jonny’s recent trip to the Congo is very tempting too! I also would love to take my kids to Colombia.