In days gone by we might have gone to a travel agent when deciding on a special holiday; today it’s more about doing a bit of online research, and then taking a gamble. But if you’re after some bespoke advice – say the best time of year to visit the gorillas in Uganda, or how to do a trip-of-lifetime to India as a family, then it helps to have an expert to call upon. Enter, Katie Terrington, founder of Katie Terrington Private Travel, who properly knows her stuff, having worked in the luxury travel industry for nearly a decade (formerly at Original Travel). Honeymoons, wellness retreats, skiing holidays, adventure trips – Katie can call on her extensive little black book of contacts to offer you the most special travel experiences. These might include going inside(!) a volcano in Iceland or barefoot horseback riding with a local llanero cowboy in Colombia.
In particular, we’re fans of her focus on sustainability; Katie only works with hotels, lodges, guides, and suppliers who share her environmentally responsible ethos. For example, she might recommend Shinta Mani Wild – the new tented camp by Bill Bensley in Cambodia where the project provides management and care for an unprotected wildlife corridor and works with conservation teams and community outreach programs in the South Cardamom National Park. The whole focus is on the natural surroundings; luxury tents perch above the river, the Boulder Spa’s two treatment rooms are nestled amid giant natural rocks, and you arrive by zip wire – yes really!
When organising a trip, clients can be as hands-on as they like; some prefer to specify a budget and leave the details to Katie, others like to be more involved along the way. Prices start from £5000 a week for two people to allow for top hotels and experiences. Call Katie or email to set up a meeting and start planning your special holiday.