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There's nothing that I love more than planning a new adventure! I'm the type of person who is always dreaming about my next trip and learning about new destinations and experiences.
There's nothing that I love more than planning a new adventure! I'm the type of person who is always dreaming about my next trip and learning about new destinations and experiences. Having been to over 35 countries on seven continents, I’ve traveled extensively. I've also logged over 5,000 nautical miles crewing on yachts. In fact, I’ve completed multiple international sailing voyages including a three-month crossing from French Polynesia to New Zealand and a one-month journey across the Gulf of Mexico from the United States to Belize.
I then worked in African safari operations for 5 years before setting my sights on Latin America and Antarctica. A place that truly has something for everyone, Latin America features incredibly diverse landscapes, climates, experiences, wildlife and cultures so that you’ll never be bored!
Most recently, my travels took me to Antarctica where I was lucky to experience the Great White Continent for myself - and it did not disappoint! In the last few years, I have also been fortunate to explore Argentina's rich culture, Bolivia's surreal and unearthly landscapes, and Chile’s gorgeous scenery where I indulged my passion for photography. I have also been lucky to travel to Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico with Scott Dunn and cannot wait to see what comes next!Alison's blogs
What my guests have said
"Alison was excellent! She’s a very personable, genuine person and an excellent representative. Alison stayed on top of all the details and made sure everything was taken care of!"
"Alison’s passion for travel was obvious from the start. Not only is Alison incredibly hard working, but she approaches every task systematically, and with the kind of attention to detail that is extremely rare. In addition, Alison is very intuitive; always able to stay one step ahead."
"Alison is thorough and thoughtful, and I really enjoyed working with her."
"I would trust Alison to get me from point A to B in any country. I've experienced how thorough she is and know she works through any challenge."
"We LOVED our trip! Everything was amazing. My favorite aspect was the balance of outdoorsy adventure and luxury. It was definitely the best trip we have ever taken, so thank you to Alison for helping us to plan it!"
Everything on our trip worked out exactly as planned. All of the hotels were beautiful and overall the trip was perfect. Although the trip was costly it was totally worth it.”
“Let me start by saying that this was the best trip I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy, it was flawless. The execution was superb, and everyone involved was gracious, responsive, and amazingly professional. And when I say the trip flawless, I mean everything was perfect - from the planning process, itinerary, travel logistics and hotels, all down to the last detail.”
“We could not have done this trip without Alison’s knowledge, experience, dedication, and energy. Her help, guidance, and patience with us will never be forgotten. I can say with no hesitation, Scott Dunn is very lucky to have Alison in the team. I am already recommending Scott Dunn, and Alison specifically, as the high end adventure travel specialist to work with.”
Favourite places I've been
Always travel with lots of silica packets. I love tropical destinations but humidity can sometimes kill small electronics. Putting them in an air tight baggie with lots of silica packets overnight often revives them - it's better than rice!
Make time to relax! It's tempting to schedule loads of activities during your vacation but don't forget to leave time to unwind, especially if you're lucky enough to be in a place with amazing scenery.
In the Galapagos, don't be afraid to snorkel with the sea lions. When you're in the water, the sea lions are gentle, friendly and curious - it's incredibly charming!
Always carry a rain poncho in the rainforest and at Machu Picchu. In addition to your favorite rain gear, a poncho can be a real life saver because it covers your backpack to protect your valuables and electronics. It's also a second waterproof layer.
Most of Bolivia is at very high altitude, so if traveling there make sure to take it easy, drink lots of water and speak with your doctor about altitude medication prior to travel.
If traveling to Antarctica, a flexible attitude is key. Weather and sea conditions can literally change by the hour, so the expert ship staff is constantly adapting and updating excursion plans to maximize your visit.
One travel accessory that I never leave home without is a Buff; which is a versatile head and neck cover that can be used in both hot and cold climates. It is made of durable light weight material and can be worn as a hat, neck covering or headband.