Head of Americas & Polar Regions

Olie’s passion for all things Latin American was ignited by an extensive trip to the region pre-university where he studied Spanish and Latin American studies. Post-graduation, working in travel seemed like an obvious progression – and a great way to have the opportunity to visit South America again in the future!  

Olie spent over ten years working for leading UK tailor-made tour operators, exploring the Americas Region on holidays and fact-finding trips, and voyaging to Antarctica in 2013. He also visited Svalbard in the Arctic circle in 2015 to spot polar bears aboard an expedition ship (he saw seven polar bears, Blue whales and walrus!).

In 2014, Olie moved to Singapore and joined Lightfoot Travel which gave him the chance to explore new destinations and cultures in Asia. In 2017 he relocated back to the UK where he continues to share his superb first-hand knowledge and flair for exciting bespoke holidays to The Americas and the Polar regions.

Olie’s Picks
  • Hotel: Awasi Patagonia, Chile - Come here for incredible views towards the Torres del Paine National Park from your luxury cabin. You'll also find outstanding food and your own private guide and 4x4 to explore the region. 
  • City: Cartagena, Colombia - Set on the steamy Caribbean coast, Cartagena offers a combination of restored colonial buildings, restaurants, and friendly locals.
  • Road Trip: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia - This has to be the ultimate road trip in the Americas. Drive across the high Andes at over 4,000m passing volcanoes, multi-coloured lagoons teeming with flamingos and wind-beaten deserts, before reaching Salar de Uyuni, one of the largest salt flats on earth.
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