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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Travel with Confidence

It’s undeniable that the travel industry was hit incredibly hard by Covid-19. But, we’re a resilient bunch and are so excited to be back doing what we do best – designing tailor-made holidays for you, our wonderful clients. As we navigate this new normal, we understand that planning a holiday may raise more questions and worries than it has done in the past. And that’s why we’re here and arguably more valuable than ever before. When you pick up the phone and book a holiday with us, you book with the confidence of knowing a real live human is on the end of the phone at all times, ready to help answer any questions or solve any problems that may arise.

To find out more, visit our Travel with Confidence hub here.


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 Trust My Travel 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

Louise first travelled to Latin America almost 20 years ago, after escaping a ‘sensible’ but dull corporate job in London. She took off for a year travelling from South America to New Zealand, Australia and the Far East but the continent where she first landed became her new travel passion. Inspired by her Mexican godmother’s stories and her love of the colour, culture, history and music of this vibrant part of the world, she was smitten! Since returning from that trip, she has been working in travel ever since and has had the chance to visit some spectacular places in Latin America for research. Hard to pick favourites but the wild and rugged plains of Patagonia and the beautiful peaks of the Andes in Peru and Ecuador fuel her other love of mountains and hiking while the Galapagos, Antarctica and Ibera wetlands have been some of her top wildlife highlights in the world. She also has a nerdy fascination for the history of ancient civilisations from the Aztecs to Mayans and Incas.


Dawn’s passion for all things travel started over 25 years ago. Some of her high points include living and working in Mexico for 5 years, swimming with whale sharks, and spending time learning the Mayan calendar. The Huichol culture fuelled Dawn’s passion for South and Central America, leading her into a career setting up small group trips to aid conservation in the enchanted Galapagos Islands and supporting the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Dawn’s love of wildlife and adventure naturally took her back to the wildlife and activities of the islands several times. Over the years, her Galapagos adventures have included meeting the infamous Lonesome George (a tortoise who is thought to have been born around 1910 and recently died in 2012!), hiking the Isabella Volcano and wandering with the Galapagos penguins, flamingos, and giant tortoises! She’s snorkelled with Hammerhead sharks, kayaked with dolphins, sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and tropical fish. Give Dawn a call to learn first-hand why wildlife experiences really don’t get any better than the Galapagos, anywhere!

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Behind the scenes, Lou and Dawn 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.

Carbon Offsetting

As much as we love it, we’re aware that travel comes at a cost. So, as a company we are committed to doing our bit to create positive change with our trips. That’s why we’ve partnered with carbon measurement and reduction specialists, Path Net Zero, to offset the emissions created by our holidays. Path Net Zero have created a data-backed carbon calculator that allows us to measure the carbon emitted by the trips we design around the world. After a long testing period we’ve calculated the offset cost to be around 1% of a Holiday Architects trip value. As we are 100% tailormade and create every clients’ trip from scratch, it’s impossible to be totally accurate on this, but we’re doing our best!

Read more about Carbon Offsetting at Holiday Architects