Dominique Dashwood-Quaye

I was born into a truly international family – my mother is Guatemalan and I therefore spent part of my childhood living in, and exploring, Latin America.  This provided me with an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in my mother’s culture, learn the language and understand the importance of understanding different cultures from a young age.  My childhood weekends were filled with trips to the colourful colonial city of Antigua and adventures exploring the awe-inspiring Mayan ruins of Tikal. Since these early trips, I have found that there is no better way to really get to know a place than being shown around by a local, they add so much via their own anecdotes and personal history that it brings even the simplest things to life.  Many decades of travelling later, meeting locals and getting their advice remains at the heart of any travel decision – it’s how I found the perfect view of Rome from the Spanish Steps and discovered the best time of day to visit the Metropol Parasol in Seville.  From the people I met walking Machu Picchu at 3am, to being taught how to dance with my husband by the insanely talented tango dancers in Plaza Dorrego, I am most excited when discovering the world through its people.

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