For me it has never just been about simply traveling to a country, I really want to get to know the place - get under its skin. As a result I have now lived and worked in five different countries (the 5th being England which I cannot help but come back to each time). My most recent and most brilliant venture took me to India, more specifically Mumbai, where I lived and traveled in 2013.
I totally fell in love with the place, the sheer size and diversity of the country blew me away, and I couldn’t get enough of all the different opportunities presented to me. I managed to go skiing in Kashmir, see the textiles in Gujarat, ride elephants in Rajasthan, taste the tea in Darjeeling and hike the Himalayas in Sikkim. Still my appetite was not sated and I have since been back to explore the backwaters and spice plantations of Kerala.
What my guests have said
"Jessica has been marvelous. The vacation was exactly what we requested and she did everything to make it special. She was so patient, understanding and very, very kind, we were reassured about everything all along the way."
"When I originally rang Scott Dunn, Jessica Cator devised our itinerary. She attentively listened to what we wanted from our honeymoon and definitely delivered. She has great knowledge of the area and worked with us to create a superb vacation."
"Jess understood exactly what we wanted and it all got sorted and booked very quickly. Felt totally confident at all times that it was all going to work out as scheduled."
"Jessica was friendly, efficient and professional. She was always on hand to help with any questions I may have had. Completely set my mind at ease with the whole experience of India and generally any concerns I had. It was a pleasure dealing with Jessica and she
organized an amazing tour for us. Jess was very proffesional but also friendly and easy to chat with."
"Jessica was extremely helpful, kind and friendly and organized a superb anniversary vacation for us both."
"Jess was very capable, friendly and attentive."
"Our first time with Scott Dunn. From first call with Jessica to the final vacation – communication was quick and effective; options provided and guidance given."
"Jessica was very patient with the changes we wanted to make to the initial itinerary and understood the style of
vacation. She did an excellent job!"
Favourite places I've been
When in India why not carry some pens or biscuits around with you for that inevitable knock on the window from a child begging – it’s better than money.
Wherever you go, try a day without your camera. Experience the sights, sounds and smells that you can’t capture on film.
Take a ‘yes’ attitude with you on vacation. You only regret what you don't do!
Go on an elephant safari Dera Amer only 40 minutes outside Jaipur - and you could be in the middle of nowhere. You will be won over by the elephants, the owner Udaijit and the delicious food.
My hot picks
This is a really worthwhile experience. I would recommend staying a night on the houseboat, but if it isn’t for you, a leisurely cruise around the backwaters watching the locals at work on their rice paddies is pure magic.