I have always loved traveling and visiting new countries, so I was excited about the prospect of many more foreign adventures that a degree in languages would bring. During my 4-year course I was lucky enough to live in Salamanca in northwest Spain and Aix-en-Provence in the south of France where I filled my weekends visiting the nearby towns of Arles, Nice, St Tropez, Avignon and Montpellier.
In addition to my European travels, I have been fortunate enough to admire the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, search for the elusive lion pride at the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa, sip cocktails on the roof of The Standard in New York overlooking the Hudson River, and peruse the notorious Christmas markets of Prague.
For me, the overall highlight of traveling is the opportunity to try local delicacies, meet new people and absorb different cultures. Next I am off to Iceland to seek out the Northern Lights and I hope to enjoy a long weekend to Marrakech to explore the infamous souks soon!
What my guests have said
"Faultless, both Sarah and Philly were so helpful and so flexible, nothing was an issue, and they gave us all we wanted and more for our honeymoon. They just take the worry out of a vacation plan and have so much experience to make it work like clockwork."
"Milly and Philly have been fantastic. From my first inquiry about booking the vacation right the way through confirming all the details and checking we were OK while on vacation."
"The whole process was quick and seamless from the time I initially made contact to the booking being made and the travel documents being delivered. Thank you to Sarah and Philly for their professionalism and for organising a memorable trip for us."
"Cordelia and Philly are amazing for putting such a memorable and fantastic honey moon together for us. Can't thank them enough!"
"Sarah & Philly have been amazing so helpful and patient with me. Organised everything efficiently for me and prompt in responding to me whilst i was away. Great assets to the team!!"
"Both Katie and Philly were incredibly helpful during the process. First class all the way! Katie and Philly are amazing!"
"Thank you to Philly for making the reservations for the restaurants, the food was fantastic and the positions of our reserved seats were enviable."
"Thank you to Scott Dunn, especially Philly, for the time spent in creating our magical trip to Barcelona."
Favourite places I've been
- Don’t get caught up in the tourist traps – make friends with a local and ask their recommendations on where to go to see the authentic parts of the area.
- Wrap up warm and hit the outdoor ice rink in Prague at Christmas - grab a cup of hot mulled wine afterwards to thaw out.
- Have an early morning guided tour of the Vatican in Rome before the hordes of tourists descend – it will open your eyes to so much more than if you try and go it alone or just use a guide book – our guide Fabio is the perfect example!
- When looking for somewhere to eat, don’t be afraid to stray from the main street or district. If a place is filled with tourists, it’ll be for a reason. You’ll find the best (and probably most affordable) restaurants off the beaten track, full of locals!