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Tom Jacobs

My approach to travel is 'think anything but the ordinary'. I enjoy helping our clients discover hidden gems and get off the beaten track. Of course London is a great city but there are so many exciting things to discover in the UK and Ireland.

I have worked for Barton Hill & Armchair for the past 12 years creating bespoke tailor made arrangements throughout Europe for our clients. Due to the company's long-standing history and connections we can help our clients get some special experiences that they may not get elsewhere. We create 'one of a kind' trips and like to know our clients' interests away from just traveling and sightseeing so we can include things that they may not have thought of doing themselves.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialise in off the beaten track experiences and sights within the UK and Ireland. Think hidden country houses, private art and car collections, closed to the public gardens and stunning scenery."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was introduced to travel at a young age by my family via many trips around the UK and then further afield into Europe. Eventually we did a big family trip to Canada and I was given my first ever camera. I was blown away by the scenery and scale and decided I needed to discover as much of the planet I can . Fast forward 20+ years and I have now taken two extended trips around the world and visited many destinations both as a backpacker and a luxury traveller. I have carved out a career in the travel industry since leaving school and you could say travel consumes my life!"

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Climbing Mount Triglav in Slovenia. I first visited the country on a ski holiday in the year 2000 and was told about how it was a rite of passage and that all Slovenians tried to climb the mountain. I vowed to myself I would return and do it.

18 years on and I finally achieved this in 2018. We hired a private guide and the experience was incredible. The scenery more beautiful than I ever expected. The mountain huts were also fun with the other guests and this area of Europe is perhaps less popular for mountaineering and hiking than the more frequented spots.

I want to do it all over again!"

Colors of Kinsale
Family Adventure in Ireland - 7 Days

Take travelers of all ages around the Emerald Isle with this week-long itinerary. You'll spend 7 days experiencing the highlights of Ireland from the seaside town of Kinsale to the Killarney Lakes, then up to Limerick to live like a lord of the manor and over the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands off the coast of County Clare.