An avid lover of all things wild, I grew up in Zimbabwe and as a family we explored every national park the country has to offer. This further ignited my passion for Africa, its people and the wildlife.
We're not just a room of telesales people. Each of our specialists lives and breathes travel, and has plenty of knowledge to share. Here you can put a picture to the voice, and learn a little more about them too.
Everyone at Scott Dunn has one thing in common: a love of travel, exploring the world, discovering new places. Each expert has first-hand experience of their specialist area, and likes nothing more than sharing their insights with whoever happens to call.
We're not just a website search engine. We're real people, in real offices - and it’s our people and their travel expertise that set us apart from the rest. When you talk to us, you’re tapping into a wealth of knowledge; the eyes and ears of the world of travel. Why spend hours researching unknown places, flight routes and transfers when our specialists can share this wisdom with you effortlessly, and tailor something amazing for you that ticks every box and gives you complete peace of mind?
Here you can learn a bit more about the people on the end of the phone; who they are, where they’ve been, their favourite properties and places, and their travel nuggets. You can look up someone you’ve spoken to before, or browse to find which travel specialist to talk to about a specific destination.
You can also find out a bit about the team behind the scenes; a highly experienced group of directors and managers, some of whom have been with Scott Dunn since its advent, and some who've brought their expertise from elsewhere in the travel industry to make Scott Dunn the luxury tour operator that it is today.
Our London office houses around 120 members of our team, including many of our travel specialists, our IT and marketing teams.
Our Far East specialists here at Scott Dunn have an incredible wealth of knowledge and passion for this vast, diverse and fascinating part of the world. Having each travelled extensively throughout the region, from China, Japan and Burma to the remote corners of Indonesia’s spice islands and everywhere in between, they have immersed themselves in unique cultures, encountered spectacular wildlife and discovered the truly unique experiences the Orient has to offer. The Far East team pride themselves on creating unique and unforgettable adventures amongst the colourful landscapes and exotic cultures of Asia, along with supremely relaxing beach escapes at some of the most spectacular hotels in the world.
Our dedicated Europe specialists all have an incredible wealth of knowledge and passion of the area. They have lived in and travelled extensively throughout the region and all spend many weeks each year visiting different parts to keep up to date with the best places to stay, eat and explore. Their first-hand knowledge means that they can create the perfect European holiday for our guests.
Our Africa specialists have lived in Africa, worked in safari lodges and camps, guided and taught, and our knowledge of this beguiling continent is matched only by our passion for all it has to offer. As safari specialists we'll not only recommend the best places for you to visit but also tell you when to go (and when not to). We cherry pick lodges and camps that give you superb guiding, superior service and incredible locations. As perfectionists we work hard to find exactly the right destination and properties to suit what you want to see and do. With myriad choices our there, we're here to guide you and create your dream safari.
Meet our ski specialists. They all share a passion for skiing and would love to share their enthusiasm and experience with you. They have all spent time in the mountains and know exactly why you want to head to the slopes yourselves. We are continually adding to our ski hotels, chalets and resorts and each time we do we make sure a specialist has been out to experience it first hand.
Our team of North America specialists have a long standing love of the continent. Having travelled the length and breadth of the United States and Canada, our experts are well equipped to craft the perfect itinerary for you and your loved ones. So whether it's a road trip through California or a ranch holiday in the Rockies, our team have first hand experience of our properties and destinations, ensuring you get the best advice on where to go and when.
An avid lover of all things wild, I grew up in Zimbabwe and as a family we explored every national park the country has to offer. This further ignited my passion for Africa, its people and the wildlife.
My love for this continent began when I volunteered on a secondary school renovation project in Namibia, then exploring a small part of this vast country and it’s astonishing landscapes. Craving more of this continent, I spent 3 months in Madagascar volunteering on a tropical habitat conservation project, living on a beach in a tiny village called Ambalahonko in Nosy Be.
Hannah’s love of Asia began after a month touring China and Thailand with her family. Since then she has been back to Asia several times, visiting Sri Lanka, Laos and Malaysia to name a few. Hannah loves wildlife and some of her favourite experiences include seeing orangutans in Borneo, elephants in Sri Lanka and even the bat caves in Cambodia!
With Africa it was love at first sight. My passion always has been the natural world (and David Attenborough), I was very lucky as my parents lived in Cape Town for a long time and took my family to Africa many times. Combined with itchy feet, this all lead me to becoming a wildlife researcher, and I worked for years across Africa. It just gets under your skin, and the magic is very hard to shake!
I first fell in love with Africa travelling overland through the Great Rift Valley and heading back to Tanzania to lead a university expedition. After this taste of adventure, I made the move to Southern Africa to set up and run a small tourism social enterprise.
My first taste of Latin America came when I was 19 years old on a three-month trip, during which I spent time in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Since that incredible adventure, I have leapt at every opportunity to return to this spectacular continent and have been lucky to revisit these countries in greater depth, as well as adding Chile, Colombia and the Galapagos to my list.
I can't think of anything better than packing a rucksack and venturing off to somewhere new and unknown. I love sharing my travel experiences with fellow travellers, sharing top tips and highlights for our next trips. My most memorable trip was with my Mum in Europe which I designed myself. Lasting 38 days, it was a mini 'Grand Tour' which had my Mum smiling for days!
I fell in love with travel whilst studying in Spain, experiencing the culture, language and food first hand just drew me in, and I quickly developed a desire to see new places. After university I spent 6 months in Asia and then a year in Latin America. I feel most at home when outdoors; whether it is wandering around a new city, relaxing on a beach or heading off on a full day hike.
From a very young age, I have always harboured a deep-rooted desire to travel the world and discover the unimaginable. With a boundless love of the ocean and adventure travel, I have fallen in love with the Maldives, explored the wonders of the wild and beautiful Seychelles and immersed myself in the true magic of the Middle East from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and beyond!
Having been born into the travel industry with my father working for a major European airline, I have been lucky enough to grow up with the world at my feet. Over the years, I've travelled to most continents with the exception of South America and Australasia and I hope that these are areas I can tick off my list in the next few years with my son in tow, a joy for travel clearly runs in our genes.
Andre is the Chief Marketing Officer at Scott Dunn, leading on all aspects of marketing with a particular emphasis on further building-out digital marketing, overhauling CRM as well as continuing to take the brand forward after 30 years of growth.
Andrew Dunn wanted to ski for free, so at the age of 22, he set up his own ski company in 1986. Now Scott Dunn has become one of the market leaders in luxury tailor-made travel. It’s Andrew’s passion for travel and attention to detail that drives the company philosophy that nothing is too much trouble and that those who travel with Scott Dunn are not just holidaymakers, they are our guests.
Since joining Scott Dunn in 2007, I specialised first in the Indian Ocean and Caribbean and then for the last few years I've moved to specialising in North America. It’s a fascinating area of the world with amazing diversity from big cities to small towns, amazing scenery and wildlife - I return to again and again and always find something new to experience.
The best feeling for me is the night before a holiday when you can’t sleep because you're too excited counting down the last hours before you're off on a new adventure! Having travelled to so many beautiful and wonderful destinations across Europe I love the fact that I can create this feeling for my guests too!
My first experince of skiing was at the tender age of four, and unfortunately I can't say that I took to it like a duck to water. A few years later it finally clicked, and my love for skiing grew. I have since been lucky enough to ski in some of the best resorts that Europe has to offer! Val d'Isère is my firm favourite having completed two amazing seasons there!
With two generations of pilots in the family I was born with the travel bug! Since a child I was lucky enough to explore many far-flung destinations which led to a two-year gap year as cabin crew during which I enjoyed weekly adventures from sipping wine in Napa Valley to sailing catamarans in the Caribbean. Some of my most notable trips since joining Scott Dunn include living the American Dream
My love for travel started very early on, I remember being a young child and defiantly telling my parents that as soon as I got the chance I was moving away somewhere exotic. My love of experiencing new places and the cultures that came with them only grew with age and prompted me to study Spanish and Portuguese at University.
Other than several family holidays in various European countries whilst growing up, my first real opportunity to discover the soul of another culture was in my gap year at 18, when I spent six months teaching in a primary school in rural Mexico and living with the friendliest of Mexican families in a small village.
I was born in the Philippines with parents who had a real passion for travel and a thirst for adventure. As a child I was taken trekking in the Himalayas on shaggy ponies, climbed volcanoes in New Zealand and sailed around the world. This enthusiasm to explore was installed in me, and from a young age I have always thought about the next place to visit.
My passion for travel began when I was taken to many different destinations as a child. This wanderlust has only increased with age and I now love visiting new places and am constantly asking myself "What is next on the list?"
For as long as I can remember, travel has been a great passion of mine - every time I go away, I come back with an even bigger list of destinations I want to go to next! Having been able to spend many holidays abroad with both family and friends, my love for travel developed further when I spent six months travelling around South America and South East Asia.
When it comes to my all-time favourite holiday, it’s the mountains every time. Whether that’s skiing in the winter or hiking and biking in the summer. I always try to make time for the mountains at least a couple of times a year. I love to be active on my holidays, I’m a keen skier, sailor and I like to play tennis, swim, hike and bike too.
I've always had a passion for languages and different cultures - growing up I always wanted to emulate my Mum’s exotic sounding travels. Time spent living in France and Italy left me convinced I had to incorporate travel into my career, whether it be through visiting bustling cities or venturing off the beaten track.
My love of travel and exploring new places came from travelling to America to visit family from a very young age and also my Dad who travelled throughout the world with the Navy. As a child I spent every summer in the Mediterranean, so being a Mediterranean Specialist and sending families to picturesque resorts with sandy beaches and excellent food is just perfect.
I'll ski and snowboard in rain, hail and sub-zero temperatures, however, my belief that I was a lizard in a previous life has recently lead me to the warm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean and Indian Ocean!
As a watersports enthusiast and keen sailor, I've been lucky enough to work and play in the Greek Islands, British Virgin Islands and many of the other Caribbean Islands.
Being from Venezuela and working as a Travel Co-ordinator with the Latin America team makes me feel closer to home. It’s great to be able to talk to guests about how amazing this region of the world is and the myriad of sceneries, cultures and activities it offers.
I’ve always had a fascination with beautiful places - the ones that just take your breath away. My first taste of the world was my 21st birthday trip. I remember sitting on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot, croissant in hand, watching the Eiffel Tower illuminate for the first light show of the night.
My passion for Europe, particularly the Mediterranean which is a gem started 20 years ago when I started selling luxury European holidays. Through out those years I have specialised in family holidays and understanding the specific needs and requirements to make each holiday comfortable and memorable.
Somewhere on a deserted Mexican beach I worked out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Since returning from my travels in Central and South America in 2004 I have never looked back and have been working hard to expand my knowledge of the best destinations and experiences that the world has to offer.
Travel has always been in my blood and ever since I was much younger I have enjoyed taking trips to far flung destinations, which actually began with family adventures to Asia. My love for Latin America was sparked by a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos when I was 18, and it has grown from then on!
When I was growing up in sunny Southern California, people were always very content with their surroundings, but since travelling to visit family when I was very young, I haven't been able to shake the desire to continue exploring the globe! My theory in life is that you will never know what city is the greatest in the world…until you see every city in the world!
I love travel that takes me off the beaten track and shows me places, people and cultures different to those that I can experience at home. I enjoy surrounding myself with new environments and immersing myself in new ways of life. Whilst being not a million miles from home, travelling throughout Europe has certainly allowed me to do this.
My first trip to India over 10 years ago really instilled in me a deep passion for the sub-continent which keeps on drawing me back again and again. It’s my love of India and globetrotting in general that led me into the travel industry in 2009.
With a background in finance and recruitment, Emma’s focus as VP Operations is very much on the engine room at Scott Dunn USA. Having been Finance Director and board member at Aardvark Safaris for nearly 20 years, Emma, along with husband John, joined the Scott Dunn management team in April 2016.
I have always loved travelling, I was lucky enough to go on many family holidays to wonderful destinations from a very young age and the travel bug really embedded itself back then. Europe is such an amazing continent and great for all ages. I absolutely love Italy, with its stunning lakes and amazing history but a firm favourite of mine is Greece, it's hard to beat those crystal clear waters!
I‘ve worked in the travel industry since 1995 and specialised in selling the Caribbean and Indian Ocean for many of those years. I love the Caribbean islands, the people, the culture and the laid back atmosphere.
After travelling the world post university, I planned on doing ‘just one’ ski season to get the wanderlust out of my system… this didn’t quite go to plan as my love for the mountains turned into a career and I ended up doing 8 seasons overseas in Austria, Italy and Greece. My favourite place to visit come sunshine or snow has to be Italy, mainly because of the food and the stunning scenery.
After first travelling to Latin America over 15 years ago, I quickly became addicted to the vibrant and ancient cultures, friendly people and diverse landscapes the continent has to offer. Fast forward to the present, I have been fortunate to take extensive trips to almost every country from Mexico to Argentina, as well as live in Chile.
My childhood was modest when it came to travel. The annual summer holiday usually consisted of taking a campervan down to Newquay or driving to a holiday park in France, which was interspersed with annual rugby tours to Europe at Easter. Since then, I have been lucky enough to travel to many far-flung destinations, seeking out new places and experiences on every trip.
The youngest of three, I've always had the desire to fully experience life and be on-the-go. After graduating from college, my wanderlust led me to a summer of backpacking through thirteen countries across Europe.
Some of my most cherished memories of growing up are of far flung family holidays. I will never forget my first holiday to Thailand as a child; the amazing culture, food and locals. From then on any opportunity I had, I would travel, whether that was exploring Europe in my university summers or working in America. I love that feeling of going to a new place, undiscovered lands and new experiences.
I have always been captivated by the rich art, history and monumental architecture which encapsulates the diverse culture that saturates Europe. My sense of adventure is relentless. Whether it be chasing the Northern Lights in Finland while driving a team of huskies, exploring the unique architectural palaces adorning India and Istanbul, or galloping through the Atlas Mountains on horseback.
My passion for the Mediterranean started at a young age when I was lucky enough to go on some great trips to different locations. My love for water skiing and wakeboarding pushed me to do a summer in Greece as an instructor which allowed me to fall in love with exploring lots of hidden gems.
From a young age, travel has been my strongest passion. I was fortunate enough to begin working with Scott Dunn in European ski and summer destinations and my time spent in Mallorca is where my love for the beach began. Now based in our London office, the Indian Ocean is where my travel passion continues to grow.
I’ve always loved travelling and other cultures, languages and landscapes which prompted a 6 month round-the-world trip when I was 18, a second trip round South America a couple of years later and a degree in French and English.
I was born in Australia and ever since then my love of travel has taken me all around the world. I have experienced back-packing in South America, heli-skiing in Whistler, VW Camper road trips around Europe, city breaks in Paris, Dubrovnik and Rome and many other amazing places. My passion for both skiing and golf keeps me busy regardless of the season!
Travel has always been a huge part of my life. From a young age, whenever I was whisked away by my family, I was always fascinated at how each country offers you a completely new experience – the sights, the smell, the food, and most importantly the people. It wasn’t until my gap year when I spent five months travelling with friends, that I properly fell in love with Asia.
Having grown up in Southern Africa I have a deep rooted love for the continent. It was not until I left, having lived there for fifteen years, that I realised how much I would miss my first home.
Although I have been lucky enough to visit many places around the world, it is never enough. Every time I go on a trip I come back with a few more destinations on my list. I’m not the type of person who just relaxes by the pool all day - so I tend to plan my trips around activities. My favourite of which are surfing, sailing and hiking.
I strive to discover the undiscovered, distinctive or off the beaten track when on my travels. Whether it be a destination, accommodation or cultural highlight I treasure the opportunity to unearth the surprises a country or culture has to offer.
Several seasons spent teaching sailing in warm sunny places cemented my love for living and experiencing different countries and people, so when the time came to come back to the UK, a career in travel was the only sensible option for me. My speciality is hunting down the very best beaches, hotels and experiences in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
I have always been passionate about travel, especially winter destinations. I learnt to ski at the age of 5 and its been an annual holiday ever since, having spent a winter season in Val d’Isere and ski instructing in Italy. Nowadays I am always researching new hotels and am a self-confessed foodie.
My interest or more appropriately obsession with travel started as soon as I was old enough to hold an Atlas, from the beaches of Bondi, to the Winelands of South Africa to the tree tops of the Amazon I have been fortunate to have travelled many countries and cover every continent.
Once a white water rafting guide on the world renowned rapids of the Zambezi River, my first encounter with Africa was as a mixologist in a Cape Town cocktail bar. It was the beginning of a life-long love affair with the continent—a passion that has grown across countless journeys on horseback, by canoe, light aircraft, on foot, and behind the wheel of a car.
A child of ex-pat parents, I have lived all over the world from Hong Kong to Switzerland and in more recent years France, Australia, Vietnam and South Africa. Having sailed up the coast of Australia and across the South Pacific, driven through Europe, explored Africa, wandered through Asia, I love the excitement of new experiences and different cultures.
Travelling is in my blood and from an early age I travelled through Europe, USA and Asia. A visit to Cairo for my 18th birthday present kick started my love of the Middle East and ultimately led me to moving to live and work there. My passion still is in the Middle East but I have travelled all over Asia for both holidays and work and love India, Nepal and Bhutan and further afield Japan!
Coming from a family of airline pilots, I was lucky enough to start travelling at a young age. It was in 1998 that my independent travel began exploring parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America. I spent a few years working abroad as a Divemaster and Dive Instructor, and also working for a UK-based dive tour operator.
I’d always dreamed of visiting Latin America and seeing the famous sites such as Machu Picchu and Iguassu, after seeing them on the covers of the National Geographic magazines. I finally made it out there in my third year of university when I spent a year in Ecuador, studying, working and travelling around the country and through all of Central America.
Originally from New Zealand, I have always been passionate about travel growing up exploring the Southern Hemisphere and of course my own backyard which I have to say is one of the most beautiful countries in the world!
I was born with my feet itching, a restless soul diagnosed with a serious case of the travel bug. Having explored Europe with my family, from Christmas markets in Manchester to summer villas in the south of France, I'd always dreamed of going to Africa. When I did, I realised that the old adage holds true, that Africa gets under your skin, into your soul and just like that you’re addicted.
My favourite part of any holiday is the moment where you arrive at the beach, kick off your shoes, feel the sand in your toes and just completely relax. Whether it’s in the Caribbean, Africa or Asia no holiday is complete without some R&R time at the beach.
My passion to travel has grown from being lucky enough to travel from a young age with my parents sharing their passion to explore different countries, from visiting the Great Wall of China in the snow, watching the sunrise over Machu Picchu and exploring the islands of the Caribbean I knew that working in the travel industry was for me!
I fell under the spell of Africa at a young age when I heard stories of my mother’s childhood living in Kenya and their adventures on safari. After a gap year teaching in Jamaica and then travelling round New Zealand and Australia, I studied Anthropology at University, which increased my fascination with foreign cultures.
My first encounter with Asia began with a three month trip exploring the islands and beaches of Thailand. This sparked my fascination with the beauty of Asia and a curiosity about its wonderful cultures.
North America is my favourite part of the world! I have been lucky enough to explore many parts of the USA covering, California, Texas, Arizona, Las Vegas, Utah, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Virginia, New England and Colorado. I also love Canada and have spent time in British Columbia, Alberta, Montreal, Ottawa and most recently the Canadian Arctic.
The Mediterranean is perfect for a summer holiday; it combines warm climates, abundant culture, historical landmarks and the most exquisite beaches. I have spent so many family holidays in the Med, it offers everything you need just a stone's throw away! Croatia is a real favourite for me – indulge in delicious fresh fish, swim in cool blue waters and soak up the culture in Dubrovnik’s old town!
My love of adventure began in high school when I visited Europe to play volleyball. From that point, I’ve seized every chance to explore that’s come my way. I've been lucky enough to travel extensively through most of Southern and Eastern Africa - and have recently added Egypt to my list of African countries - being immersed in the culture, ancient history, wildlife and landscapes of Africa.
As a child of a military family, my childhood was spent in Cyprus, with school trips to Egypt, 4x4 driving through the mountains to Crusader castles, and exploring Roman ruins by torchlight. When I graduated from university, my love of adventure led me to spend two years exploring Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, India, Australia, the Philippines and more.
Travel has always been a great passion of mine, from trekking in the Namibian desert to sunning it up on the beaches of Southern Thailand and exploring exquisite Italian cuisine I have always believed that there is no way to better spend your time than exploring what the world has to offer!
Having been born and grown up in Chile, Latin America is in my blood. I love going back all the time and thrive off the laid back attitude, which makes a hectic London life seem so far removed. I love working with Latin America and discovering new destinations and places all the time.
I was lucky enough to be introduced to world travel at a very young age and fell in love with Africa when my parents went to Kenya in 2009, bringing back incredible pictures of the Big Five and even better stories about their encounters. In 2013, I got to experience the magic myself as I trekked for gorillas in Uganda and witnessed the famous wildebeest migration across the Mara River in Kenya.
My own travel experience has moved on from my days back packing through India, South East Asia, Australasia and the USA. However travel in whatever mode, if taken with adventure in mind is always a fulfilling and enriching experience!
I have always been a keen traveller and was lucky enough to go to some pretty impressive places while I was growing up, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Nepal as well as France, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Spain and Switzerland. Each place I visit inspires me to see more, especially the off the beaten track areas.
My love of travel started on my first backpacking adventure around Asia, Australia and New Zealand in my early 20s. I have worked in the travel industry for four years in the UK and Sydney, specialising in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Planning adventures, researching hidden gems and putting together lists are things I genuinely enjoy – so working as a Travel Consultant was a must! I grew up in Madrid, spent a year in Barcelona and have since travelled to Asia, Indonesia and Australasia, but the travel bug is still very much there! Discovering new cultures, cuisines and lifestyles is something I seek to continue exploring.
Olly joined Scott Dunn as a resort accountant in Courchevel 1850 in 2001 and never left. After many seasons as a Resort Manager then Operations Manager in France, he moved back to the UK in 2009 and has been involved almost every part of our business since then. He is still an avid skier but also loves surfing and windsurfing.
I first realised my passion for travel at a young age being lucky enough to visit various countries holidaying in Sardinia, Italy, the Greek Islands, France, Spain, the US and Africa. This led on to stint of inter-railing around Europe visiting 15 different countries in my late teens.
I strongly believe that travelling and seeing the world is the best way to collect lifelong memories of amazing experiences.
My passion for Canada first started whilst working at a summer camp in the Canadian Rockies. I quickly took on a leadership role guiding young people on outdoor adventures among the bears, moose and elk.
Having been fortunate enough to travel a lot as a child, my absolute love of exploring new countries, cultures, sights and sounds led me to leaving my job in London and setting off on a round the world adventure. I was so lucky to see some incredible places, however I truly believe you can't beat Europe; we are so lucky to have such a diverse and beautiful continent, right on our doorstep!
Growing up in Australia, the rest of the world always seemed so far away. When I was young, I used to look at my grandmother’s atlas and read about foreign places in her old encyclopedias. As soon as I was old enough, I set out to discover as much as I could.
Growing up in Colorado, the urge to explore the outdoors was engrained into me at a young age. It started with just exploring my backyard and the surrounding Rocky Mountains, but as I grew older so did my ability to travel further and further.
As a former banker married to a finance executive, I know full well that every holiday time is incredibly precious. I learned to plan my holidays to maximize every experience, create bonding moments with our two sons wherein we could discover the world and its myriad cultures together. I grew up in Manila, raised my family in Singapore and spent a three-year post in London.
Ever since my first school trip to Russia when I was 13, I had always had a drive to travel more and explore new and exciting places. Backpacking all over Europe during university drove this passion even deeper and led to my decision to emigrate to Russia to teach and travel after graduation.
I first became hooked on Latin America after a stint living and working in Bolivia – an incredible experience! I’ve been lucky to have explored Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Galapagos, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, Cuba, Guatemala, Belize and Panama since.
I’m going to be honest, I usually prefer to see the world without compromising on my creature comforts! My travel experience varies from 5 star hotels in far-flung places to little hostels in the backstreets of Andalucia where I spent my sandwich year studying at University in Granada. Now with two small children in tow I have learnt the hard way about what works when travelling with kids.
It wasn’t until I was 18 and worked four jobs to fund a round the world back-packing trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji that my passion for travel emerged. Looking closer to home, my love of Europe was instilled from a younger age, having holidayed in Greece and travelled through Italy as a child. More recently I got married in Italy and spend every opportunity exploring it further.
I have lived in Shanghai, worked ski seasons in France, swam with wild dolphins in Sri Lanka, trained horses in Western Australia, climbed to the top of Machu Picchu, taught English in Tanzania, eaten far too much pizza in Italy and have backpacked around Thailand more times than I would like to admit. For me, travel is about new adventures, exciting experiences and getting off that beaten track.
I have always had a desire to travel and so as soon as university was over with, I was off to explore the world. Inspired by all things Latin, I left for South America, where I was lucky enough to spend 7 months exploring its vibrant cities, epic landscapes and heart-felt people. From then on, I was hooked and continued my travels to Asia and Australia.
There are endless possibilities in the world of travel and I endeavour to explore as many of these in my lifetime as I can. Growing up half Spanish has given me a love of languages, family time and food. I have worked abroad for 7 years and I try to immerse myself with the local culture and traditions when visiting countries.
I have always wanted to explore as many places as possible and love to travel off the beaten track. Growing up I was lucky enough to travel through Europe, spending time in Prague, Budapest, Italy, Greece and France to name a few.
I have always aspired to travel more extensively to exotic destinations. My idea of a perfect holiday would be one where I get to interact with the locals, immerse myself in their culture and indulge in local cuisine. One day I hope to dive with whale sharks and visit Africa to assist in charitable work.
Very active family holidays when I was young really drove my interest in travel. I loved exploring the new places we visited, trying as much of the local food as I could and meeting people from different cultures. Now I try and see as much of the world as I can whether thats getting close to Lion on safari, red snapper fishing in New Zealand and trying my hand at surfing in Sri Lanka.
Simon joined Scott Dunn in 2010 having spent the previous 2 years working in Africa and South America as a Director for leading luxury safari lodge operator &Beyond. He originally qualified as an Accountant and is now our International Director and is responsible for our offices in the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Sonia joined Scott Dunn in January 2018 having worked in a number of different industries, including Chief Commercial Officer at NetJets and as European Change Director at Sysco. These roles along with 8 years in strategy consulting have given Sonia significant experience leading and working with global teams. She was named one of the ‘Women to Watch in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure Index 2019'.
When I was a student, an exchange program brought me to 7 ASEAN countries and Japan and that was what made me fall in love with travel.
Growing up in a beautiful but very isolated area of Devon, much of my childhood was spent dreaming of distant corners of the globe. At the age of 18, I deferred my entry to University and embarked on a life changing adventure through Southern Africa, which was followed swiftly by further trips through Europe, Asia and Central America.
My passion for Africa was ignited on an overland trip from Arusha in Tanzania to Victoria Falls in Zambia. Since then I've added Botswana, Kenya, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia to the list. A PADI-certified Rescue Scuba Diver, I most recently dived in the exotic waters off of southern and northern Mozambique. One of my greatest achievements was to summit Kilimanjaro.
After graduating with a Geography degree, I decided to embark on a trip to Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I fell in love with the different cultures, foods and people that I met along the way. I decided to settle and live in Bali for three months, a surfer's and foodie's paradise, and it is here that I concluded that I wanted to dedicate myself to a career in travel, a huge passion of mine.