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Since the day Simon’s family moved to Sri Lanka when he was eleven, he has been hooked on travel. Whenever he had a break from university or work he would head off somewhere: as an apprentice hunting guide in Zimbabwe, a deck hand delivering yachts down to the Mediterranean, a barman in the French Alps, or trekking through Nepal up to Everest base camp.
After a few years working in London in the internet and technology sector, and then private banking, Simon decided to embark on a more unusual career working in risk management consultancy in post conflict zones and emerging markets. He spent a fascinating decade working throughout Asia, establishing and running operations in Kabul, Kuwait, Baghdad, Dubai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and finally Singapore.
However, his aim was always to start something unique. There was a gap in the Asian market for a true bespoke luxury tour operator, and Simon seized on this opportunity and founded Lightfoot Travel in Singapore. At the end of 2015 he decided it was time for a new challenge and moved to Dubai, a city he had lived in and loved years ago, to work on growing Lightfoot’s business throughout the Middle East.
- Hotel: Birkenhead House, South Africa - This hotel ticks all the boxes for me. It's more like staying in a friend’s house but has amazing views of the Southern Ocean and whales jumping just out to sea.
- Restaurant: Cottage Point, Sydney - This is the ultimate lunch. You're picked up from Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour by seaplane and flown 30 minutes up the coast over beaches and cliffs before landing in a peaceful estuary at Cottage Point restaurant.
- Memory: Election coordination in Southern Afghanistan - I was lucky enough to spend a few months in Afghanistan organising the June 2002 constitutional Loya Jirga, which was a meeting of tribal elders to establish the interim leaders of the country before the 2003 elections. Travelling around the mountains of southern Afghanistan in UN helicopters and land cruisers is an assault on the senses which is hard to describe. Whilst living in the Governor's fortress surrounding by tribal elders I experienced unexpected but unmatched hospitality.
We won't take you to the usual tourist traps, instead we'll introduce you to people that show you the true side of a country. With our contacts in each destination, we can arrange for you to meet locals away from the crowds and ensure an authentic experience.
You can rely on our extensive first-hand knowledge and years of experience in the country you’re visiting. We use only the best expert guides, and provide insider tips on the local customs, and everything from vibrant festivals to hidden Himalayan monasteries
Your holiday will be as unique as you are. By getting to know you and what makes you tick, we fuse our wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of our destinations to create unique day by day itineraries that are built around you.