Who are we?
I guess the simple answer would be: ‘We are a family who love to travel’...But we like to think that we’re a little bit more. So what else are we? And why are we also Connoisseur Travel?
Our family - spanning 4 generations - have always had the travel bug, and we like to walk on the more intrepid side as well as the conventional.
Back in 1946, our grandparents drove to mainland Europe. They took with them a roadmap annotated with the bridges and roads that had been bombed and were impassable, and off they went!
Was that where it started? Or was it our aunts who drove trains in 1950’s Tanzania, who worked in Ethiopia and Uganda through their respective Revolutions? Was it our grandparents who emigrated to New Zealand in the 1960’s…?
So we think we’ve got a lot of bases covered… and we’re all still going! We’ve learned a lot over the years both about travelling and planning it - the good bits, the great bits, the ‘must-do’ things but also the ‘don’t do’ things!
So back to the present….. Yes, we knew we were a family with a love of travel, a love of talking about experiences, destinations, memories, and stories (and trust us, we have a lot of these!!), but realised we also wanted to inspire other people to have their own stories.
But how, we wondered, could we do this?
Either way, we caught the bug and shared it around!
Between us, we’ve been to over 140 countries, on all 7 continents; We’ve backpacked and kayaked our way through Papua New Guinea. We’ve trucked overland from the U.K. to South Africa.
We’ve spent a couple of years restoring a vintage sailing boat and sailing from the U.K. to the Mediterranean and exploring the European coastline.
We’ve travelled in countries not normally on the tourist trail; Angola, Iran, North Korea, and more
We’ve cruised to the arctic, Alaska, and Antarctica (twice, we enjoyed it so much!)
We’ve climbed to Everest basecamp, and we’ve taken our children with us
We’ve spent 6 months backpacking around Asia with a toddler
We’ve lived and worked in all four corners of the world.
In 2018, we got the opportunity to join forces with Connoisseur Travel founder, Hazel McNeile. We were thrilled! Herself a seasoned traveller, and with a wealth of experience in the industry, Hazel founded the company over 20 years ago, and it has gone from strength to strength.
So now, we are able to offer more types of travel experiences, and therefore achieve our goal of getting more people out into the world to have their own unique travel stories!
Let’s cut to the chase, if you want a package tour to Benidorm, we are not your people… but if you want to do something new, something a bit more adventurous than you’d normally do, we can help you find the perfect travel experience!
We want to guide you through the highlights (and help you avoid the pitfalls) of getting out there, and doing something a little bit unique!
We want to inspire you to travel, to have your own experiences, stories, and memories, and if you want our help to arrange it for you, we can do that too!