Travel Designer
 
 

I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN

THe WORLD.

 
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With more than 25 years’ experience in hospitality and travel, my life’s calling is to help others experience, appreciate, and understand the beauty of our world.

I’ll never forget my first trip abroad: Italy. I was 9 years old and endlessly captivated by the culture. I made a little scrapbook with money, postcards and notes about my experience. (I still have it somewhere.) The trip jump started a lifelong passion for travel and culture, and I had dreams of being a flight attendant or UN interpreter.

Time passed, college ended, and I followed my family’s financial footsteps by working in banking. (It was not a good fit for me.) At 23, I decided enough was enough, ditched the job and the boyfriend, then ran off to join—no, not the circus, but—Gulf Air.

Based in Bahrain, I flew with the organisation for 12 years. Joining Gulf Air was a pivotal moment in my life. I discovered who I was and reignited my childhood passion for exploring. I understood that travel wasn’t just something I do, but rather part of who I am.

From Bahrain, I moved to Saudi Arabia and worked on a private jet for a Saudi family for 18 months or so. After that, I moved to London and worked on a private jet for 9 months before transitioning to the hotel industry. I oversaw the experiences of VIP guests, including movie stars and the then-President of Ireland. In breaks between, I worked in Dubai for a jet charter company before travelling to Argentina for six months. (I’m not one to sit still for too long.)

When I briefly worked for a private travel company, a client encouraged me to go independent. My consultancy was born.

I created my business with a specific person in mind: discerning individuals who appreciate the finer things in life, value extraordinary service, and who trust that I can create a truly life-changing trip.

So yes, I do have the best job in the world. I get to make people smile, wherever they are. There’s nothing better than that.

 
 
 

MY RECENT

DesignS

 

A private jet

for a Scandinavian ski team

An anniversary

for a Saudi Prince

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A Rolls Royce EXPEDITION

a 1963 Phantom from Lima to Cape Horn

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A Ferrari tour

for ten friends in Southern Italy

 
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There is only one person to call when you need help with travel arrangements and that is Janet Mactavish. From the first email, she wanted to get to know us; to find out what our interests and expectations were so that she could devise an itinerary that really was “personalised”. We loved everything she suggested and her arrangements were faultless.
— Michele D. Kent
Janet Mactavish took on my requirements at short notice and provided an exceptional itinerary for New Zealand. She was able to absorb and provide for all special requirements for me and my wife (including a Bungee jump). The hotels were splendid and, where possible, a little eccentric. It could not have been a more enjoyable trip.
— Paul Walton, England
 
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