The Travel Tapes


Why we do what we do

Whenever you plan a trip with us, you’re getting the knowledge and insight of experts who are seriously at the top of their game, and access to experiences that are, quite simply, remarkable. Better yet, our entire purpose is to share it all with you, our travellers.

It’s why – earlier this year – we sat the entire team down in front of our film crew, grilling them on everything from their favorite destinations to their most closely guarded travel secrets. What makes us tick, what inspires our trips.

This is your chance to glance behind the curtain. Step inside.

Meet (just some of) us

Who we are – and what we’re about.


Head of Special Projects (the go-to guy for everything adventure).

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Global Travel Manager (in effect, she makes the world go round).

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Senior Travel Expert (what he doesn’t know about Europe isn’t worth knowing).

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Travel Expert (he’ll show you the best of the best).

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VIP Relations Manager (the walking definition of a people person).

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Travel Expert (our resident foodie, she knows the best spots wherever you’re going).

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The things we do

And why.

Tailor-made travel

Like a perfectly tailored suit, every trip we plan is created for you – and for you alone. We don’t do off-the-shelf.

“There’s no such thing as the best itinerary.” Below, some of our experts reveal what we actually mean be ‘tailor-made travel’.

Family travel

As families ourselves, we know what we’re talking about when designing trips for the whole family. Safe to say: there’s an art to it.

As Tom put it: “Family travel is where lifetime memories are made. Where relationships grow stronger.” We couldn’t have said it any better.

Meet (some more of) us

Who we are – and what we’re about.


VIP Relations Manager (she loves to talk travel with our clients all day long).

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Sales Manager (for all things Middle East or Latin America, there’s nobody we’d rather ask).

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Travel Expert (golden rule: don’t ever go to Africa without talking to her first).

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Co-Head of Black Tomato (he oversees just about everything, ensuring your trips go off without a hitch).

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Operations Expert (she gets every show on the road behind-the-scenes).

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Travel Expert (he knows a lot of everything about everywhere).

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Why Black Tomato?

Just some of the reasons our travellers keep coming back

We’re your trusted travel advisor

Eight billion Google results for ‘vacation ideas’. An endless feed of Instagram travel snaps. Innumerable options. Thankfully, we’ve brought together a team of impassioned travellers who know the world inside-out – to help you cut through the noise (and the filters). Through our Travel Experts, we’ll show you the world the way it was meant to be seen.

Shashi Hewa Travel Tapes

We believe in the power of inspiration

As travellers, we’ve spent our lives getting deeper and closer to the world. But rather than hoarding our treasures, we believe that it’s our job to share our curiosity – to inspire you through remarkable experiences. It’s not about box-ticking or bragging rights. It’s about outstanding journeys that live long in the memory.

Jos Davies Black Tomato

We’ll save you time, stress and energy

Nobody likes travel stress. Arranging pickup from a remote onsen in the Japanese Alps? No thanks. Trying to navigate your own way out of an unfamiliar airport with three children and a mountain of luggage? Nah-ah. That’s what we’re here for – to make travel seamless. And what do you mean you didn’t expect them to have your favorite wine at that lodge in the middle of the Maasai Mara? We told you – we’ve got your back.

Elena May Davis Black Tomato

Part of the family

When we say we’re proud of ‘being there’ for our travellers, we really mean it. You’ll get to know us just as we get to know you. And as families ourselves, we know a thing or two about creating a trip that’ll work for the entire tribe. Not only do we have specialist family-focused services, but we’ll also maintain a ‘rider’ for you and yours. As Elena put it, “the best things in life mean so much more with the most important people to you”. Hear hear.

Exceeded expectations

Our holiday totally exceeded expectations every step of the way. We recommend the company enthusiastically and would not hesitate to use it again.

Philip and Susan

Always, always

We will always use Black Tomato for our travel. Highly, highly recommend.


The trip of a lifetime

I don’t think we would have been able to do something like this without them.


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