Meet the Destinology Tailor-Made Holidays Team

Our expertise, passion and enthusiasm for the destinations that we feature at Destinology really matter to us – it shines through every call we take. We talk to customers every single day about destinations from South Africa to Thailand, Tanzania to Indonesia, and India to Australia, but we also take it further than that. We travel to these destinations, we involve ourselves in all the things that they have to offer, and, most importantly of all, we meet the people who make each destination magical. The relationships and knowledge that we have built over the years by travelling to these countries combine into one tangible word – experience.

Our experience counts, and it helps us responsibly advise and guide our customers into making truly memorable tailored tours. It’s not just about providing great customer service, but a great customer experience. This is what we strive to create with each private luxury holiday we map out for you. Meet our well-travelled team today and allow them to bring together your perfect holiday. It’ll be an experience that you remember forever.

Sarah Stearn

My Favourite Destination: Cambodia
My love for travel began the same way it does for most, having just finished my degree I needed an adventure! A friend and I planned a yearlong adventure around the world. China was first. The Great Wall, the Skyscrapers of Beijing, the Terracotta warriors, and the waterways of Guangzhou and Shanghai. This was my first venture into Asia and I knew I had to see more. Next was Thailand then Malaysia concluding with an overland 2 week trip finishing in Singapore. Next was Indonesia, Australia and Fiji. After almost 10 months of travelling, we were reaching the end of our adventure and the feather in the cap was South Africa. We travelled overland from Durban to Cape Town over 3 weeks and spent most nights camping! Adventure over we returned home to the UK, well and truly bitten by the travel bug I knew I had to continue…maybe adventure paused rather than over. I knew I had to continue exploring the world and had found a new passion that I wanted to share which is why I chose to become a travel concierge. To date, I have visited over 60 countries in many fashions. Private guided tour in India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Argentina. Group tours in Australia, Burma (Myanmar) and Europe, R&R in the Maldives, Mexico, The Caribbean (St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Bahamas and Antigua) and Mauritius, Cruises around the Mediterranean, Alaska, Caribbean, the South American Cape and Galapagos. Self-drive holidays around the USA, Motor-home holidays in Australia and Safari in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana.

Heather Hudson

My Favourite Destination: South Africa
I started my dream job 11 years ago and have been in the luxury travel industry ever since. I am lucky enough to have travelled to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world and have stayed in over 30 of the luxury hotels we work with, whilst fulfilling my real passion for adventure travel by seeing polar bears in the Arctic, summiting Mont Blanc and cycling my way around Cuba. I absolutely love creating unique holidays tailored to my clients and friends, offering my advice and hearing what a fabulous time they've had on their return. My expert areas are South Africa, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the Indian Ocean.

Heidi Forrester

My Favourite Destination: South Africa
Having a travel career spanning over 20 years, I have always been passionate about holidays. Over the years, I have visited some amazing places including New York, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Las Vegas, South Africa & the Maldives. Experiencing some incredible things - watching the sun rise over the tea plantations in Sri Lanka, swimming with turtles in the Maldives, sighting the Big 5 in South Africa.....the world really is an awe inspiring place!!

Sara Whitfield

My Favourite Destination: Thailand
The passion for travel runs through my veins, and I have over 20 years’ experience in the industry. I have had the pleasure of experiencing many wonderful destinations on both land and sea over the years including: The Maldives, Thailand, Hong Kong, UAE, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Toronto, many Greek islands and Italy to name a few. Travel allows us to experience many incredible things, whilst there are far too many to mention, key highlights for me would be swimming with a pod of dolphins in the wild whilst in The Maldives, seeing the sunrise and sunset from the deck of many a cruise ship, being immersed in Alcatraz, through to the thrilling speeds of a desert safari in Dubai with my family – I do honestly feel blessed to have created many wonderful memories. I would be honoured to help you create yours – The world in a wonderful place just waiting to be explored!

Sarah Shanahan

My Favourite Destination: Namibia
I love and live for travel. My fascination was first sparked on childhood family holidays  and as soon as I was able, I set off on the first of two year-long working and travelling global trips that cemented my passion and ensured my future career would be in travel. During more than a decade and a half working in the industry I have had the great pleasure of continuing my exploration of our gorgeous planet. My most precious travel memories include ballooning over the highest of desert dunes and visiting the  ethereal diamond mining ghost town in Namibia, losing myself in the magical temple city of Angkor Wat, luxuriating aboard the magnificent Eastern & Oriental Express journeying from Singapore to Bangkok, paragliding above the Himalaya in India & Nepal, and marvelling at an elephant and her calf drinking from my private plunge pool in Kruger - whilst I was swimming! I have visited over 60 countries on all 7 continents and sailed 4 of our 5 oceans. Next to the pleasure of travel itself is the joy of planning and crafting unique and bespoke trips; it would be my pleasure and privilege to help you plan your next adventure.

Chris Ford

My Favourite Destination: Cambodia
I have always had a passion for travel and an around the world trip, post University affirmed I would have the travel bug for life. Now 20 years later and with 20 years of travel industry experience (9 years with Destinology) this enthusiasm is unbated. I am constantly seek new opportunities to see the world both in a professional and personal basis. I am privileged to have been blessed by monks in Cambodia, skiied in the Rockies mountains and snorkelled on the Great Barrier reef. These are just one of many travel highlights from the many destinations and experiences from around the globe these include; meeting island chiefs in Fiji, Touring both islands of New Zealand and Australia, hiking in the Borneo jungle, the temples of Cambodia and Thailand, the vibrancy of Singapore and Bangkok, incomparable Maldives, unique and ever changing Dubai and Abu Dhabi, island hopped the contrasting Greek Islands, unique European cities, seen the American Dream (and lost in Vegas), skiied badly across Canada and enjoyed tequila's in Mexico. My latest travel adventure was one of the most extraordinary life experience, trekking through the Jungle in Rwanda to visit a Gorilla Family in their natural undisturbed habitat. Spending an hour in their presence was awe inspiring and motivates me to show my customers the world.