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Our Experienced Consultants

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!

CHARLIE HOPKINSON

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 CLARK

Much to my mother’s distress, I started fairly early in the world of independent overland travel, journeying solo across America on a Greyhound bus when I was just 18. I was well and truly bitten by the travel bug and (this time much to my father’s distress) I soon gave up a perfectly lucrative career on the London Stock Exchange to pursue my two great passions; travel and scuba diving. My life as a scuba diving instructor gave me a unique opportunity to work and travel in some of the most beautiful parts of world. Over the years I have been lucky enough to call the Caribbean, America, New Zealand, Fiji, Madagascar, Turkey and Egypt my home. I have travelled to over 60 countries and yet still I struggle to understand why my “to-do” list keeps getting longer rather than shorter!

PHOEBE HARPER

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."

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