We are an exclusive travel design business for discriminating, like minded individuals in search of the greatest travel experiences that this wonderful planet has to offer.
Our aim is to plan your travels with you personally to ensure we create a truly individual trip for you and your family.
We like to meet each and every one of you to chat through all your ideas in order to get a real feeling for what excites you and how best we are able to assist.
Whether you are looking for remote beaches, an Arctic adventure, a gorilla safari or a sailing trip through the Galapagos Islands, our aim will be to plan it laterally to ensure your expectations are met and hopefully exceeded.
We believe that your trip should be truly unforgettable, so we don’t take any chances. The expert knowledge of all our specialists allows us to select the best possible accommodation, guides and excursions to suit your tastes and budget.
We like to meet each and every one of you to chat through all your travel ideas in order to gain a real feeling for what excites you and how best we are able to assist.
After a life saving neck operation nick decided to terminate his successful 20 year publishing career at Newsweek International and “because i’ve alwayd wanted to” – take a 2 year sabbatical in 2001 and travel around the world. His journey initially took him overland through the silk road countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Pakistan and then up along the Karakoram highway into Kashgar, N.W.China.
Then by 4 WD across Tibet via Lhasa into Kathmandu, Nepal. Countries soon to follow were northern India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Certain animals, birds and fish were on his bucket list as well as a boating experience so Borneo for Orang Utangs, Indonesia for Komodo Dragons, Papua New Guinea for birds of paradise and the Solomon islands to attain a dive master certificate/tick the fish box both visually and on rod and line as well as sail on a catamaran through it’s Maravo and Vona Vona lagoons.
Driving a 4wd land cruiser through the Kimberley region of NW Australia just had to be done so a trip camping all the way from Broome to Darwin and then Cape Tribulation to Adelaide soon addressed this urge! New Zealand north and south with his old mate Jon Perry was a great personal experience. Then it was time for South America – a new Continent to Nick but certainly still his favourite. Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. This saw the end of this particular dream. Time for the next – laterallife!
Nick founded laterallife in 2004. Since starting laterallife Nick has added Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, more Sri Lanka and India experiences, Bhutan, Japan, outer Indonesian islands/Sulawesi, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa(KZN) with many more on his radar.
The company’s strength lie in Nick’s own experiences and love of travelling and life.
Richard has been a practising lawyer having worked all his life at a major London law firm. After 9 years as Senior Partner, he belatedly took a sabbatical organised by laterallife with a fantastic 8 week tour around South America. As a result of this he got the travel bug and was delighted when Nick and Steve invited him to join laterallife as non-executive Chairman. He is still in awe of their destination knowledge and the fact that they have personally visited every location that they recommend and is helping them structure their business and approach to their clients. A big change from the law!
A brief spell in the world of finance was enough to trigger Steve’s first sabbatical, an 18 month trip through Latin America’s 22 countries taking in everywhere and everything from Carnival in Rio to volunteering in Nicaragua. In 2010, Steve took a second sabbatical journeying through 7 countries in Asia and experiencing over 400 hotels! Steve’s destination knowledge is rivalled only by Nick’s and with his first-hand knowledge he can advise on all of Latin America, Canada, China, India and South-East Asia.
Having backpacked around Latin America during (and after) university without a guide book, Emma was well and truly bitten by the travel bug. Over the past 12 years working in the travel industry, Emma has kept going back for more, enjoying nothing more than escaping to those ‘difficult to reach’ places like the Skeleton Coast, Easter Island and even Antarctica. Emma has got ‘been there’ pins all over the globe, including Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Cambodia as well as Kenya, Namibia and Botswana.
A travel devotee with a passion for Africa, Laura joined Lateral Life in 2008. 5 years later the big skies and incredible wildlife proved too much of a draw and she relocated to Zambia. The next 4 years were split between managing safari camps and exploring the wider African continent. Now firmly back in the UK, Laura enjoys sharing her passion by planning wow factor itineraries for first timers or indeed complex journeys to the more remote corners of this amazing continent.
After travelling to Gambia at the age of 16 and raising money for a new village hospital, Sophie knew she wanted to carry on exploring the world and continue experiencing the new. So far she has travelled across Americas deep south, trekked with orangutans in Borneo, lived with elephants in Thailand, ate beetles in Cambodia, rode a motorcycle around Vietnam, hiked a volcano in Bali, swam with sea turtles in Australia and recently travelled the West Coast of India and Rajasthan by rail. Sophie would love to explore Asia even more with Japan, Laos and Burma high on her lateral list!