Greg Salmon

London Office

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.

In my teens I travelled to Canada to visit my uncle Tim, a very well-travelled man with many interesting stories about his global ventures. This, my first long haul trip, was when the travel bug first bit me! Subsequently, I started planning trips with friends to all over continental Europe, long weekends in Poland, getaways to the Italian Riviera and so on.

My first big excursion after Canada was volunteering for a month at an orphanage in Sri Lanka which furthered my fascination with exploring the world, which also made me realise quite how easy it is to spend substantial amounts of time abroad.

After 3 years at university, my girlfriend and I started planning our world tour! Two years later, I have travelled the USA extensively, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, South Africa, Dubai, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Nepal and India! I’ve been on safari, scuba-dived The Great Barrier Reef, been up the tallest building in the world, sky-dived over Queenstown and seen a plethora of natural wonders such as Mount Everest, The Grand Canyon and Halong Bay… The list goes on!

One of the amazing things about working at Scott Dunn is that there is a big emphasis on consultants having first-hand knowledge of their specialised area which means that we are sent away on familiarisation trips and there are also many incentives to travel in our spare time which keeps us motivated and full of rich information about travel. I truly believe that this level of knowledge is vital to assuring we can give the best advice to our guests and I take great joy in utilising this to help create some unforgettable tailor-made itineraries.

My blogs

Glamping in North America: Pitching up in Zion

Winter Wonderland in the Wild West

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What my guests have said

"Overall another fantastic family holiday. We wouldn't have been able to plan or organize such a trip without the advice and help from Scott Dunn."

"It's apparent to us that Greg had to move heaven and earth to fix our itinerary after we discovered that the wild fire was only a mile from our cabin in Yosemite."

Travel nuggets

  • Live like a local - Occasionally you will pick up a gem that will stick with you for life! Eating curry with your hands, using a moped to whizz around car-filled cities or even just learning to sit back and relax when the sun comes out!

  • Go, just go! – The majority of my trips were booked on a whim and I have yet to regret a single one of those decisions. Travel is wise investment in a bank of valuable memories, so, in my eyes, it’s not even a financial risk!

  • "The mountains are calling and I must go" - Everywhere I go I find myself gravitating towards highlands. The temperature changes, flat land becomes warped, highways turn into barren roads and you see hordes of people doing weird and wonderful activities.

My hot picks

Kimpton Canary Hotel, Downtown, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

Great value for money and well located with a rooftop pool overlooking the surrounding mountains and an amazing restaurant downstairs!

Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel Valley, Monterey and Carmel, California, United States of America

The Carmel Valley is stunning and just a short distance away from the town centre where you will find fresh seafood, whale watching, boutique shops and the beach. The property is beautiful and perfect for families, with daily activities on offer.

Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, Sonoma, California, United States of America

If you are travelling with a significant other and wish to explore the wonders of the rural Sonoma wine region, then this high-end luxury-boutique inn is the perfect option.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, California, United States of America

If you want a slightly more laid-back option for this old-school Californian beach destination then The Ranch is perfect. Moments from the beach, this property is set back into the valley which takes you away from the husstle and bustle of the town.

The Redwoods in Yosemite, Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, United States of America

Perfect for families or larger groups, these rustic cabins are nestled amongst a forest of Redwood trees, the perfect place to immerse yourself in the beautiful Yosemite National Park.

Viceroy L'Ermitage Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

A property that is fantastic value for money at the same time as being incredibly luxurious and in a prime location, just off of Rodeo drive in Beverly Hills. Spend your days drinking cocktails by the rooftop pool or go out and explore Los Angeles.

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