With decades of travelling between them, our tailormade specialists are able to use their expert knowledge to advise you all of your options; from the best time to travel to your chosen destination(s), the ideal way to experience local customs and cultures, and how long you may need to spend in one place to get the most from your trip.
They love a challenge, so whether you know exactly what you want to get from your adventure holiday, or if you don't know where to start, feel free to put them to the test!
With over 30 years in the travel industry, Charlie, aka our fearless leader, loves travelling to the most remote places on the planet on his quest to discover new and exciting experiences for you to enjoy. First travelling as a passenger on an overland trip through East Africa, Charlie has visited a huge number of destinations including Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa, Central Asia and India. Having both travelled on and led a number of exciting trips, Charlie is perfectly placed to design creative and imaginative trips to all four corners of the globe and finds tailor-making trips is one of the most exciting parts of the business!
Lesley joined the Imaginative Traveller team in the summer of 2017, returning to her native East Anglia to put down roots after years of peripetetic globe trotting. Lesley's vast independent travel experience, combined with customer facing roles in the travel and tourisim industry, leave her perfectly equipped to understand the needs of our most discerning tailor-made travellers and create truly unique and imaginative itineraries.
Phoebe has joined the Tailor Made Team to combine her two great loves of travel and writing. The frantic scribblings covering the margins of her desktop notepad, show that her bucket list is ever-growing. Her favourite travel experiences already under her belt include Indonesia, the USA and Europe and she describes Solta near Split, Croatia as the most surprising destination so far.
"I just jumped on the first bus from the port with a bunch of locals going god knows where and ended up in a secluded bay with only one restaurant serving iced pinot and carbonara. A combination of being the only English-speaker there and diving into the sea from the rocks before getting caught in a rainstorm of biblical proportions all made for a memorable surprise. I would go back in a heartbeat."
Don't just take our word for it! Here's what some of our clients have had to say about the Imaginative Traveller Tailor-Made team:
“All in all, we had a great trip. Thank you for all your hard work and attention to detail - everything that you arranged worked well. This was our first trip with Imaginative Traveller: we doubt that it will be our last!”
– Mr and Mrs Bown, Tailor Made Jordan September 2019
“Our trip was amazing!! We had a wonderful time and the whole organisation went smoothly…So many of our friends have seen our daily Facebook post with photos of all the amazing places, hotels and activities been asking us for details, so I will happily pass on your name and recommend Imaginative Traveller. This was a trip of a lifetime and one that I will not forget (partly due to the 2400 photos that I took!)”
– Mrs. Brown, Tailor Made Rajasthan July 2019
“We had a trip of a lifetime... I have to thank you for the itinerary - our world view of religion has expanded. Again thanks so much - I look forward to working with you in the future as everything was seamless and accommodating- our worries about anything were totally unnecessary.”
– Ms. Burkhalter, Tailor Made India July 2019
“The trip was hugely varied and we saw a wide range of Indian life which was great. [...] You put together this fabulous trip for us. You listened to what we wanted and made it happen. You kept in touch and made sure we were OK, always checking if there was anything more you could do for us. You let us know of any disruptions, like the possible flight delay. So thank you again”
– Ms. Clare, Tailor Made India February 2019
“Thanks for creating a great trip for us. It's never easy traveling with a 2 year old and you managed to make everything run very seamlessly. We really appreciate the time and effort you put in to the planning. We'll definitely look to book with Imaginative Traveller again for future trips.”
– The Ewart Family, Tailor Made Borneo Family Adventure September 2018
“Our trip was fantastic!!!! And our trip--guides, drivers, excursions, hotels, etc were perfect!!! Your local team did an amazing job of putting something together that met our needs perfectly. The accommodations were all very unique and worked well for our family of 6 (which can be hard to do!). Each excursion was run by a local, on the backroads, into the villages, off the beaten track. Beyond ALL expectations for what we were expecting Bali to be like. It is such a beautiful country with amazing people and delicious food. We were VERY sad to come home!..Truly, it was such a unique adventure for us and well worth the cost of having you organize it. THANK YOU soooooooooo much!! From all of us who are still tired and jetlagged but have a new found love for Bali xo”
– The Gul Family, Tailor Made Bali Family Trip, March 2018
“I would thoroughly recommend (and have already) your company and hope to travel with you again in the future.”
– Ms. Isherwood, Tailor Made Rajasthan February 2018
“We felt welcome in the country and all the sites lived up to expectation and surpassed it. Should any of your future clients want any reassurance I’d be happy to be contacted. Thanks for all your help in making it happen. I will hopefully be in touch in the future for another trip, possibly Madagascar.”
– Mrs. Ward, Tailor Made Iran May 2019
“Just to let you know we had a wonderful holiday. Sao Miguel was beautiful and our activities were well planned and very enjoyable. Carina, our guide was fantastic. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put in for us. We will certainly recommend your services to friends and family.”
– Mrs. Perry, Tailor Made Azores Family Trip, October 2019
“It. Was. Perfect. It truly was the absolute best holiday I think we will ever go on, and we had such an incredible time. We learned lots, relaxed a bit and are so much better for the experience. .. Can I just take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of both our hearts for your work in organising the trip. You made our honeymoon perfect and we are so grateful for that. We will be coming straight back to yourselves when we go on our next big adventure”
– Mr. and Mrs. Roper, Tailor Made Madagascan Honeymoon, May 2019
“I had a wonderful time in Tanzania. It was a really well organised trip and everything went very smoothly. Thank you so much for organising things for me. All the crew involved were superb, from the cooks to the drivers. The meals were the best I have had on any trip and the accommodation was amazing. I cannot praise my guide, Francis, enough. His knowledge of the country and the wildlife were second to none and he instilled a feeling of trust at all times. Even the one thing that went wrong ended up being a great adventure. Of course, the wildlife was the main thing and it really was spectacular. I was very lucky in that I saw all the Big Five (lion - very close encounters on numerous occasions- buffalo, rhino, leopard and elephants) along with rare spottings of cheetah and honey badger. Once again, many thanks for such a great trip. I will have no hesitation in travelling with Imaginative Traveller again and am looking towards my next trip.”
– Mr. Truman, Tailor Made Tanzania: Bush Rover Great Migration, July 2019
"Ooh wow, what an absolutely fantastic adventure, it really didn’t disappoint. It is just a shame that it is all over, but we have strengthened friendships and made memories for ever. From mint tea and bucket loads of houmous to hearing all about the history of Jordan and visiting the sites of antiquities. Our very own guide Yousef, 'the best guide in the world', went out of his way to please, to ensure all the plans made us happy. Our driver Ismail (007) was excellent, the minibus was the best vehicle I have ever experienced for group transport, generous headroom and an escape hatch in the roof. We felt very safe. I particularly enjoyed the hiking and on reflection, I would have chosen to do more of this than the cycling. The couple of days I had hiking more than compensated for the lower mileage on the bikes (due to flight delay and extreme wind). Rather tempted to return and do the six day hike around Petra but other places are calling... Thank you for planning such a fabulous trip for us all."
Mrs Summers, Tailor Made Jordan Cycling Trip, November 2019