Matt Vlemmiks | Luxury Travel Specialists | Lightfoot Travel
Matt Head of Business Development (UK)

Although well-traveled with his family throughout his childhood, Matt really caught the travel bug during two months in Kenya after graduating from university. After a month volunteering in a school in the shadow of Mount Kenya, the next four weeks included a safari in Samburu, beach time on the Swahili coast, and a summit of the second-highest mountain in Africa.

Having worked in television for three years in London, Matt took a year out to travel the world, taking in South East Asia, Australia (where he lived and worked in Sydney), New Zealand, Fijiand the USA. Upon returning to the UK, Matt quickly opted for a career change and a life in travel.

During his time in the travel industry, Matt has specialized at various times in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean, giving him a broad perspective on luxury, experiential travel, and leaving Antarctica as the one remaining continent to explore.

Matt’s Picks

While lacking the physical beauty of Cape Town or the historic grandeur of Italy’s great cities, Hoi An is a destination I have always enjoyed since my first backpacking visit more than a decade ago.  The food is delicious, the location dreamy and the architecture outstanding, with accessible luxury at a fantastic value. 

The restaurant carriages on the Venice Simplon Orient Express are decadent, historic, and bustling with passengers of all ages and backgrounds on the trip of a lifetime. The food is imaginative and incredibly rich: scrambled eggs and fresh lobster delivered to the station in Paris became an instant breakfast favorite.

My nine-year-old daughter’s first safari experience was unforgettable. As she watched elephant’s pass heart-stoppingly close to our game viewing vehicle and lions sniff the morning air, while learning about the invaluable conservation efforts on the Shamwari Reserve, another safari-addict was added to the family.

Favourite Destinations
Table mountain sunset, Cape town, South Africa

Luxury South Africa Holidays

Visit South Africa for a luxury safari, natural beauty, culture and history, vibrant cities, rugged coastlines and incredible food and wine.

The Golden Bridge is lifted by two giant hands on Ba Na Hill in Danang, Vietnam

Luxury Holidays To Vietnam

Visit Vietnam for exciting cities, stylish luxury retreats, French colonial history, lush green jungles, beautiful beaches, delicious street food and smiling locals.

View of Colosseum in Rome and morning sun, Italy, Europe.

Luxury Holidays in Italy

With a lot of hype to live up to, it’s a testament to Italy that it never fails to charm, surprise or reward you.

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