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the day Simon’s family moved to Sri Lanka when he was eleven, he has been
hooked on travel. Whenever he had a break from university or work he would head
off somewhere: as an apprentice hunting guide in Zimbabwe, a deck hand
delivering yachts down to the Mediterranean, a barman in the French Alps, or
trekking through Nepal up to Everest base camp.
After a few years working in London in the internet and technology sector, and then private banking, Simon embarked on a more unusual career working in risk management consultancy in post conflict zones and emerging markets. He spent a decade working on projects throughout Asia, establishing and running operations in Kabul, Kuwait, Baghdad, Dubai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and finally Singapore.
In 2009 he noticed a gap in the Asian market for a true bespoke luxury tour operator, so founded Lightfoot Travel in Singapore. At the end of 2015 he moved to Dubai to work on growing Lightfoot’s business throughout the Middle East, before relocating back to the UK in 2019.
We won't take you to the usual tourist traps, instead we'll introduce you to people that show you the true side of a country. With our contacts in each destination, we can arrange for you to meet locals away from the crowds and ensure an authentic experience.
You can rely on our extensive first-hand knowledge and years of experience in the country you’re visiting. We use only the best expert guides, and provide insider tips on the local customs, and everything from vibrant festivals to hidden Himalayan monasteries
Your holiday will be as unique as you are. By getting to know you and what makes you tick, we fuse our wealth of expertise and a deep understanding of our destinations to create unique day by day itineraries that are built around you.