Katie Kennard - Senior Travel Consultant
“A phenomenal holiday takes time to design, which is something a lot of people don't have. To get it right, means involving someone like me, who can think of those finer details and unique activities that will make the experience undoubtedly better. I find it hugely satisfying knowing that a trip I have meticulously designed, step by step for guests, will flood their memories for life.”
As a young girl, I longed for independence and the desire to explore places the rest of my family hadn't seen. My parents couldn't object to these adventures when my pitch was well practised and every element of the trip had been clearly mapped out, leaving no room for error. I set off on one of my greatest adventures to a small island in Zimbabwe, Musango on Lake Kariba where I helped manage the lodge here. I got such pleasure from my evenings with guests at the camp, sharing stories, I pursued a job in the UK in travel.
I'm always first up in the morning, in my trainers or on a bike. I just point my bike in one direction, and start cycling, until I find something worth sharing with other people. Having taken this philosophy to many areas of the planet, (including Australia, Eastern Europe, Africa, South East Asia, Sri Lanka, India, and Africa), running headlong into the wilderness was not something I could advise my friends and family to do. I learnt the hard way in Zimbabwe, getting very lost and missing my flight home. Having said that, New Zealand with its endless stretches of undisturbed coastline, mountain peaks and river trails made it an incredibly satisfying place to run. I find myself desperate to reach the next bend, to see what the view has it store for me.
South East Asia has so much to give, hence having revisited on multiple occasions. I tend to get twitchy sitting on the beach all day, however here, your options are endless. Borneo is the perfect example, combining wildlife in the rainforests, trekking up Mount Kinabalu along with some stunning beaches. Most places offer private boat trips to secluded islands and beaches, exceptional diving, cycling, cooking courses, temple tours and if you are looking to swat up on your knowledge, there are some incredibly informative museums and fantastic guides who will give you a true insight into the rich history of their countries. I must remember, it’s not meant to be a marathon!
Countries visited: Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong Laos, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Europe....
Perks of the job: Being the first to know about new hotels and the best ways to explore the area’s I specialise in.