As soon as I had the opportunity to travel, I did. In school vacations I worked for a watersports company on the Greek Islands, before University I jumped on a plane to travel Asia by bus but my travel highlight was my two year ‘sabatical’ from my previous PR job through the Latin American continent.
From working on a coffee finca in Guatemala, sailing through the Galapagos Islands, to monitoring Andean bears in cloud forests, nothing beats really getting under the skin of a place and becoming part of it. Whilst I love to travel for as long as possible, I am acutely aware of what an event a vacation is - whether it’s a week or a month - and I love nothing more than helping guests create the perfect adventure or escape. In 2012 we launched North America as a new venture and I have been involved in developing our exciting new itineraries ever since. In the name of research, I have been lucky enough to get in a Ford Mustang and head off into the sunset on a number of once-in-a-lifetime road trips.
Playing with sea lions and racing whale sharks
Like home but only ten times better
A Modern Day Expedition to The North
Out West in the Wyoming Wilderness – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park
Died and gone to Dunton
Fabulous Las Vegas - how to make the most of 24 hours in the bright lights
Diary of a journey: from the Andes to the Amazon
Buenos Aires street-art comes to London
The Brooklyn Boom
What my guests have said
"Just a quick note to thank you so much for organising our honeymoon, especially with your efforts over Easter, which I know must have been a nuisance. The Chichen Itza tour was an amazing experience and the pilot even let both Steve and myself fly the plane (for a short period) across the jungle! Thanks again, it was an amazing vacation from start to finish and appreciated the efforts you made to ensure it was. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family."
"Thank you again so much, we really have been overwhelmed by the standard of service you have provided, we have been to a couple of travel agents over here and to be honest there is no comparison.
"Outstanding Maudie! She went out of her way and gave up her own time to meet us twice before our vacation. Her advice was excellent and she showed endless patience and attention to detail."
"Maudie planned a great itinerary for us. We appreciated the fact that she had visited the area. All the additional details and recommendations of restaurants, bars and places to visit were also greatly appreciated and enjoyed."
"We just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising a brilliant honeymoon trip. Everywhere we stayed, the staff took extra special care of us with highlight being Molly & her brothers in Morro Bay! All the activities suggested were spot on, it got to the point where we were asking each other what does Maudie suggest. We couldn't have imagined a better honeymoon! Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the team. You may have spoiled us and will probably book all our vacations with Scott Dunn!"
"Thank you from both of us for your help and guidance in getting the trip together, as you know we had a wonderful time and will be recommending Scott Dunn and you personally to friends interested in a US trip of a lifetime"
"I wanted to email you, Maudie, to thank you for the fantastic California vacation you put together for us. Everything was perfect, from the flights, to the hotels and various arrangements. It was lovely that several of the hotels recognised our anniversary with little gifts (cupcakes, strawberries and wine!). Once again, we have had a vacation of a lifetime through Scott Dunn."
"We just wanted to send a quick email to thank you for putting together our trip. It was the trip of a lifetime, we enjoyed every second and we loved every stop. All of the hotels were amazing and we had exactly the right amount of time in each place. I think the highlights of our trip had to be the staff at The Anderson Inn, especially Mollie, and our stay in the Napa Valley. We wish we could go back to the Carneros Inn every weekend! Thank you again, so much, there is no way that we would've had such an amazing trip without your help. We will definitely be using Scott Dunn again, no questions about it!"
"Maudie Tomlinson took a great deal of time over the detail of our booking and was endlessly responsive to small additional questions and tweakings. She was a mine of detailed information, suggestions for activities and put together a perfectly balanced and contrasting itinerary. I shall be eternally grateful that she came up with Pebble Beach during our brainstorming session, which added an incredible highlight to Richard's vacation. With vacations to California, I think it is as important to exclude some destinations as to include them to avoid spending the whole vacation in the car, and Maudie recognised my preference for this and fine-tuned her suggestions accordingly."
"The personal level of service and the fact that on all 3 occasions of using them, we have had a fantastic trip with no adverse issues whatsoever. We really feel that when we travel with Scott Dunn that we can truly trust the arrangements."
"We couldn't have organized a trip like this without the knowledge and experience of Maudie. Kerri & Michelle also helped a great deal. Throughout the time from my first inquiry email to Scott Dunn to returning home, the service provided has been absolutely amazing and I couldn't have asked for more."
"Nothing is too much trouble for the representatives and without them we wouldn't of had the honeymoon of our dreams."
"I am confident that Scott Dunn travel consultants and their team put in that extra effort to ensure that the vacation experience is as we would wish it - I consider this added value. From restaurant recommendations to a nudge to book popular excursions well in advance, the attention to detail is exceptional."
"We felt completely reassured throughout our entire stay that we would always have support at hand if required. Not speaking the language, we were very vulnerable & Scott Dunn eliminated that worry. With time also being a precious commodity, Scott Dunn's organization, both prior to and during our vacation, meant that our own time was fully optimized, leaving us to enjoy the vacation completely."
"I have always found Scott Dunn to be extremely helpful and feel that they go out of their way to arrange the vacation that suits us best."
"I trust Scott Dunn to deliver a really high quality, hassle free vacation. The attention to detail is superb and my family now jokes that the hotels must have been 'Maudie-ed' as we are swept into a fantastic room!"
"Great attention to detail, always felt there was someone I could email/call if I had any questions."
Favourite places I've been
- I love the mountains, outdoor pursuits and riding - and it doesn’t get better than ranching if the outdoor lifestyle is your thing.
- In the Rockies, take a trip with a renowned wildlife photographer, wildlife biologists or geologist of your choice and get off the beaten path to see bison, wolves and grizzly bears.
- Glorious beaches, quaint villages and the freshest seafood, Cape Cod is like the best of Cornwall but with sunny weather!
- There’s a reason why Hollywood sprung up where it did. Within two hours of Los Angeles, there’s arid desert, alpine mountains and azure Pacific Ocean that allows for any movie set to be recreated.