Brand of luggage and why?
Eastpak but I dream of Rimowa
What luxury do you never travel without?
Bamford cashmere scarf – the ultimate in comfort
Three must haves in your carry on?
Lipsyl, laptop and Love Actually
Early to airport or skin of your teeth?
Early – I love airports and I do some of my best work there!
Favourite airline and why?
British Airways. My parents were diplomats so we flew a lot and I have to fly the flag out of nostalgia!
What shoes do you travel in?
Adidas Stan Smith sneakers. All those women wearing heels – are they crazy?!
What’s on your travel reading list at the moment?
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Favourite hotel in the world?
Belmond Splendido in Portofino
First thing you do in a hotel room?
Rearrange the furniture
Hotel shampoo and conditioner, or...?
Blowdry in a local salon
Favourite brand of sunscreen?
Biotherm – it has a wonderful smell of freshly cut lemons
Safari or beach?
Safari – I was in Botswana in January and it was a phenomenal experience
Top city escape and any insider tips?
Cape Town. I would start the day at Oranjezicht Market, then to Pot Luck Club for lunch followed by a snooze in the garden at the Mount Nelson
Favourite restaurant from your travels?
Scorpios in Mykonos – Carole Bamford took me there last summer and I loved it
Where do you long to go next?
Best purchase made abroad?
Two beautiful paintings on silk of a bride and groom from Jaipur - total cost £14
If there’s one museum that can’t be missed?
Right now it’s the National Museum of Qatar in Doha designed by Jean Nouvel which opened this month. At home it’s the divine V&A
What do you think is the best quality in a travel companion’?
Funniest travelling experience or most memorable journey you’ve ever had?
When I was fourteen and my brother was twelve we were travelling to Angola which required an overnight stay in Paris near Charles de Gaulle. We were given a gift voucher for £30 to spend on dinner, but we spent it on gin and tonics, overslept and missed our flight to Luanda. We had no money whatsoever and had to blag our way on to a flight to Orly, then to Lisbon, and then to Luanda. My dad wouldn’t speak to us for 3 days.
What would you like to see in the future for travel?
Improved air conditioning – air quality on flights is terrible
Finally - your ultimate travel mantra?
Clichéd, but it would be “seize the day”
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...