Travel Designer : A Myanmar and Bhutan Expert
Jade is one of PJ’s longest-serving experts, and is a proper local having grown up only a few miles from PJ HQ. Despite this, she is hardly a home-bird: summers spent working at a private beach club in Italy during her university holidays followed three years as a butler for the Saudi royal family, and led into six months of travelling across south-east Asia. It was this experience which led to the realization that her dream job would involve travelling to new places. Working as a marketing assistant for a travel company in Oxford, she went on an educational trip to Myanmar and fell in love with that remarkable country: when PJ advertised for a Myanmar specialist, there was only one thing to do…
Jade has travelled enough that she point blank refuses to choose a single best trip. That first journey to Myanmar changed her life, but subsequent trips – such as spending five days exploring the Mergui Archipelago by speedboat on a film recce – run it close. Waking up above the Bhutanese clouds with views of the Himalayas was an astonishing experience; but Jade also has a taste for the luxurious, and so the most comfortable bed she’s ever slept in lingers in the memory, in the spectacular surroundings of Uma Paro in Bhutan.
The combination of luxurious relaxation and adventurous exploration embodied in Jade results in sound advice to other travelers: to always make sure to take some time to relax and reflect on your experiences, and always to ask locals if it’s OK to take their photograph. Having been mistaken for a Bhutanese person at a local festival only to have an iPad shoved in her face, she discovered this the hard way. Jade always takes a polaroid printer with her when she travels, so she can share photographs with their subjects.
Outside of work Jade enjoys eating out at fancy restaurants, and walking her adorable Puggle, Ralph.