Our Story

Since launching in 2010 Holiday Architects has set out to really listen to our clients – we get to know you, we get to know your travel needs and we design the perfect holiday to match. By operating in this manner, and avoiding the standard off-the-shelf packages offered by many other travel companies, we’ve become one of the fastest-growing and most-trusted tour operators in the UK. Underpinning all of this is the expertise of our team: each committed to servicing their specialist destination, backed up with a dedicated country website packed full of unique hotels, quirky excursions and engaging holiday suggestions. Every one of our team has visited their destination many times (often even lived there), has many years’ experience in the travel industry and is carefully chosen to fit with our friendly and helpful team culture. This means when discussing your travel plans, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re not only speaking to a genuine expert but a real person who cares about you and your holiday.

We believe we are better than anyone else at listening to your travel aspirations and turning them into perfectly designed holidays, but of course that is not always easy to substantiate, which is why we were extremely proud in 2019 to be named Wanderlust magazine’s ‘Top Tour Operator of the Year’, for the second year running, gaining a 100% satisfaction rating from their readers. Competition at these awards is fierce, so winning brings us a great deal of pleasure and pride as it means we have lots of very happy clients!

Don’t just take our word for it though; you can read more about our clients’ experience of Holiday Architects by visiting our Trustpilot page found here.

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Tailor-Made Travel

Tailor-made travel starts with a blank sheet of paper and a conversation with one of our experts, and finishes with a holiday that’s been designed specifically for you. Nothing is set, nothing is off-the-peg, or off limits. You depart when you want, see what you want, stay where you want (guided by the advice and first-hand knowledge of our specialists during the design process). It used to be that tailor-made travel was a relatively expensive way to go on holiday, but this isn’t the case anymore: and we’ll make sure we stick to whatever budget you give us for the trip.

How We Work

Everything we do is designed specifically for you, and that design process starts with an initial conversation. We like to have that conversation to get to know you and understand the key things you want to get out of the holiday and we find the best way to do that is a friendly chat over the phone (or email if you prefer), where we take the time to really listen to what it is you want from your trip. We’ve travelled to our specialist destination many times, so we’ll also provide plenty of inspiration and ideas that we feel may best suit you. It’s because of our knowledge and experience that we are also able to offer honest advice about a destination, as we’ve most likely stayed in that certain hotel or gone on a particular quirky excursion ourselves; this will ensure you are able to make the right choices for your trip.

Next, your dedicated specialist will carefully design you an itinerary, with a price, and send that to you within 48hrs. This is very much a first draft and we can revise as necessary until we’ve got it exactly right for you. This is where we differ from our competitors as you’re not just going to get a standard itinerary, but something which is designed to your requirements with care. We take huge pride in our clients having the best possible holiday. Upon booking, you can rest easy, as your money is 100% protected either by our ATOL bonding or through our Travel Vault membership. Things don’t end there though, as our dedicated team is here on the phone and on the ground; to provide you with great service and peace of mind throughout your trip, so you can focus on your next discovery.

The Team

Currently raising her own travel tribe, Sophie is enjoying maternity leave and will be returning to Holiday Architects in late 2019/early 2020.
Sophie’s passion for travel developed at an early age after being lucky enough to jet around the world on long haul holidays with her adventurous family. Realising the rewards of travel, Sophie later studied International Tourism Management at university and moved to New Zealand to live, work and travel the country by campervan. Not long after she was off again, this time landing in India to begin a solo journey throughout South East Asia. Her travels have seen her cycling through the fabled temples of Angkor, living in jungle lodge tree-houses in Thailand and even training to be a mahout in Burma! After falling in love with South East Asia, Sophie has been lucky enough to travel through Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia & Burma. She continues to return to Asia on a regular basis to scout out the best hotels, guides and excursions to keep our product on the quirky side. Away from the office, she’s a country bumpkin likely to be found exploring the Cotswolds, heading to the races or relaxing in a local pub with friends. She’s also a big fan of anything to do with Christmas!

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Fenton has clocked up the air miles over the years, having been fortunate enough to spend time travelling around over 80 countries… but it is Asia that draws him back time and time again. A keen photographer, die-hard foodie, and complete geek for all things history, architecture and culture, this is a part of the world he loves to talk about – and will share his stories with anyone who’ll listen!
By returning year after year to southern Asia, he has seen quiet destinations slowly grow into bucket-list must-sees, but loves nothing more than discovering the quiet towns, quirky hotels and local-run restaurants that keep every single trip exciting and new. With over a decade of experience in the travel industry, tailor-making unique trips for customers who share his passion for adventure, Fenton is always happy to wax lyrical about the Far East.
When he’s not experiencing these wondrous places first-hand, he’s most likely to be found enjoying his native Welsh countryside – though possibly from the comfort of a quiet village pub, cider in hand.

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Robin is most likely found where there is adventure. Whether that be on two wheels, two feet, in or on the water, even way up high, Robin cannot get enough of it. Since discovering Asia for himself it has opened up a whole new world of excitement. As Robin is a keen travel photographer, food buff, and lover of all things wild, it really double ticks all the boxes. Seemingly endless trekking opportunities, encounters with wonderful locals from all walks of life (full of generosity and kindness), mouth-watering dishes, and a wildly colourful array of wildlife are sure to get him chattering away excitedly.
When not busy planning the most amazing holidays Robin enjoys hiking at home on the Malvern Hills, mountain biking all over the UK, scuba diving trips. He also likes a nice quiet beer by a roaring fire (or in the sun).

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Paris previously worked as cabin crew, clocking up the air miles with a total of 32 countries visited during her time with British Airways. Her love for travel was instilled from a young age after visiting relatives in Oregon, Hawaii and New York for two months. Paris’s heritage played and has made her particularly well versed on travel and tourism in Asia. When in Asia Paris is keen to embrace the local culture, better her regional history knowledge and take part in anything that screams adventure.
In her spare time, you can find her in the kitchen cooking up a storm! She loves to cook anything Asian spanning from her heritage and having a family Chinese restaurant in Cheltenham it was always in her blood to cook. She thoroughly enjoys long, country walks and feels at home when around nature. Paris is a social butterfly and enjoys catching up with the girls over a Lychee Martini.

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Nick’s first travel experience was at the tender age of 18 when he set off around the USA armed with a lonely planet and a greyhound bus ticket. Following a history degree and 8 years working in the restaurant industry Nick felt the time was right to embark on another adventure, this time South East Asia and Australia. After exploring Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam by a combination of bus, boat, plane and even motorbike, Nick hired a campervan and drove 11,000km around Australia.  With the travel flames well and truly ignited it was almost inevitable Nick would end up working in the travel industry. This has provided him with the opportunity to explore South East Asia in more detail as well as discovering more incredible destinations such as Indonesia and Myanmar.

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Behind the scenes, Sophie, Fenton, Paris, Nick & Robin are (ably?) assisted by the two company founders, Damien and Andrew. Both of them had an expat upbringing in the dim and distant past, so it’s almost inevitable they’ve ended up establishing a travel company. Damien is heavily involved in the marketing side of the business, whilst Andrew takes care of day-to-day things, like making the coffee.

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