The key difference in designing a seamlessly operated trip is experience. Our understanding of the destinations, as well as knowledge of the best time to visit, local cultures, and of course the wildlife activity, allows us to design the ultimate trip for you.
Our personal travel adventures form the basis of every trip we organise, from the hotels and lodges we fell in love with to the wildlife and cultural experiences that inspired us. All the wondrous and awe-inspiring moments we’ve been lucky enough to see and do will guide us in designing your itinerary. Whether that’s testing yourself through a walking safari of the untrammelled and never-ending vastness of the mighty Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, to simply enjoying the stunning landscapes of South America from a luxurious train carriage.
At one end, we cater to first time travellers looking for a comfortable adventure, to honeymooners looking for the ultimate luxury or to those in for something less traditional and more extraordinary.
Common to each journey is a service/ approach is that every journey is meticulously planned, supported and delivered, employs the very best on the ground, while working with premier properties that we have long-standing relationship with.
The result of this approach, is one that is honest, creative and most importantly, knowledgeable.
That’s why all our trips are bespoke. We don’t use brochures or text-heavy websites. We’d rather inspire you with our gorgeous images and our own experiences, and then chat to you about your upcoming adventure.
We create trips that are tailored to you, whether that’s a quick city break or a two-week luxury safari.
We’re 100% independent and hand-pick the finest experiences around the globe
Our first-hand travel knowledge forms the basis of every trip we plan
We only offer destinations that we have travelled or lived in
We never compromise on quality
We provide private consultation anywhere in the world
Competitive pricing as we deal directly with local partners
A large portion of our clients are repeat business or word-of-mouth referrals
As a small family business we like to think of our clients as family too.
Although I was born in Ireland, I spent my formative years in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda (where my folks still live). After a few years in Europe at university I jumped at the chance to get back and spent the following thirteen years in East and Southern Africa working in the safari business. I’ve been lucky enough to try my hand at just about every aspect of the industry – from being a guide and camp manager to running a large tour operator with well over a hundred and fifty employees.
In 2013 we had the opportunity to move to Hong Kong to look after the Asian operation of the same company. Three years of extensive regional travel and learning later, we were on the move again to Australia to start Tallis Journeys, inspired by the wealth of travel opportunities out there.
Having travelled to over fifty countries worldwide there are too many highlights and special moments to mention. It’s using these experiences that enable us to help plan amazing trips for our clients though. That said, if I was pushed and had to name a few, hiking in Torres Del Paine in Chile and visiting the Galapagos would be right up there. In Africa, nothing can really prepare you for just how fantastic Gorilla Trekking is, whilst sitting around a camp fire under the African night sky is a well worn but perfect end to the quintessential day on safari. In Asia, North Korea will always remain a highlight just because of how unusual it was, but floating down the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar or getting an overnight train to Lhasa rank amongst my favourites.
Unlike Graham, I was late coming into the international travel scene. Growing up in in an Australian country town, our holidays usually consisted of treks across Australia’s alpine regions or being taken out of school for four months to travel the East Coast.
My first taste of global travel wasn’t until I was 22 years old, when I backpacked for three months through Southern and Eastern Africa. Four years later, I returned to Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches to work as a writer and photographer, before entering the safari industry. From Africa to Asia, I moved into the airline industry working for Cathay Pacific, which allowed me to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in the region.
My favourite trips: As much as it pains me to state, if it wasn’t for meeting Graham, I’d have probably visited a lot fewer countries. My highlights include two weeks camping with one of Africa’s last hunter-and-gatherer tribes, the Hadazbe in the Tanzanian wilderness. For scenery, Patagonia is the answer: all you need is a willingness to move slowly to enjoy the vast skies, stunning glaciers and pristine mountainous regions. Closer to Australia, I keep revisiting Japan and Vietnam, simply because the food and people are amazing.