Other than several family vacations in various European countries whilst growing up, my first real opportunity to discover the soul of another culture was in my gap year at 18, when I spent six months teaching in a primary school in rural Mexico and living with the friendliest of Mexican families in a small village.
Following this I went backpacking around Central America with friends. I loved every second of my time in Latin America, and the urge to explore new countries and cultures was well and truly planted.
As part of my four-year French and Spanish degree course at Bath University, I spent a further year abroad, split between Paris and La Paz, Bolivia, where I worked as a journalist and sub-editor for a magazine.
Now working at Scott Dunn, I enjoy nothing more than chatting to guests about their vacation plans, sharing my passion for travel and creating exciting and unforgettable itineraries full of unique experiences. I love getting off the beaten track and onto the bumpy ones to discover hidden gems; I also try to suggest that my guests do the same in order to experience something truly special - places seldom seen on run-of-the-mill vacations.My blogs
What my guests have said
"Fabulous! It’s times like these, when you have to make emergency changes to travel plans, that you really appreciate traveling with Scott Dunn. You’ve done a great job of advising us, keeping on top of things and rearranging our accommodation. Thank you Camilla."
"Thank you for organising such an amazing, flawless vacation for my wife, children and I. We enjoyed the wines you picked and the children loved having cookies and milk. To a job very well done!"
"We had a great Christmas trip so thank you for organising everything, which ran so smoothly. Thank you again for the typically amazing Scott Dunn service, I really couldn't travel with anyone else!"
"Camilla was excellent – always at hand and with a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude."
"Absolutely brilliant! First rate customer service and attention to detail. She was knowledgeable, helpful and understanding of what we wanted from our trip."
"We are just back (and facing the grim realities of being back at work) and wanted to say a huge thank you for organizing a truly amazing vacation for us. We all had a fantastic time and agreed it was the best vacation we have ever had. Your suggestions were, without exception, spot on."
"Thank you, Camilla for ensuring that our USA adventure was one of our best ever vacations. We had a fantastic time and everything ran so smoothly. Each and every activity was perfectly chosen by you and the accommodation at each place was exactly right. Having an itinerary put together in such a brilliant way maximizes vacation satisfaction and minimizes hassle and error! Many thanks again, it was a really unforgettable trip."
"Camilla was patient and worked hard to accommodate my fussiness and concerns. She listened carefully and acted upon our special requests as a family, especially with my elderly mother. She responded promptly to any questions I had, and helped with things to do, highlights, experiences, and restaurant recommendations. It was a bespoke experience and that was appreciated. I felt that if things had gone wrong whilst we were away, we would have had support. Perfect first Scott Dunn vacation – I don’t know why we haven’t used you before!"
"Camilla was very helpful and knowledgeable throughout and was not put off by having to incorporate our friends itinerary as well. Just a big thank you! It was the least stressful vacation I've ever been on!"
"Camilla did an excellent job organising our family vacation to California – the perfect trip made even better with excellent recommendations based on actual experience."
"Thank you, Camilla, for all your help on this trip – which was superb all round. All of your inputs were brilliant."
Favourite places I've been
Be adventurous - dig in to local food, get off the beaten path and try something new.
Chat to locals - it’s a great way to discover more about a place and pick-up insider tips.
Visit Aspen, Colorado in summer - Thought to be purely a ski destination, this charming town is a downhill biking, hiking and music festival mecca, as well as home to excellent shopping, fabulous hotels and some of America’s best restaurants.
Photos are invaluable in keeping memories alive, so be creative with your snaps, but remember to leave your camera behind often enough to simply enjoy where you are and take it all in.