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Jude hails from the south coast of England. She moved to London where she gained a first-class degree in South Asian Studies, but India-proper was calling, and she decided to spend the next three years in Bombay researching for her PhD in Art History from Mumbai University. 

She has travelled extensively throughout India and Central Asia. A passionate traveller, her journeys have taken her to Russia, Australia, New Zealand, across America in an old bus, down to the Western Sahara on a public bus, and she was the first foreign visitor to a far-flung Polynesian island where two babies were subsequently named after her.

Jude currently divides her time between Umbria, in central Italy, where she lives in a yurt (inspired by a trek in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan), and a cottage in a Rajasthani village, where she teaches in a local school as part of an initiative to educate girls from marginalised communities.

Wild Frontiers traveller Trevor Howard said of Jude:

I wanted to say what a pleasure it was to travel with Jude Holliday, your tour leader. Not only was she indefatigably energetic and enthusiastic, but the nuances she afforded into the culture of the country and its history were a delight. It made my trip more colourful and interesting.