Five minutes with Katie Blake, Blake Private Travel

Last updated: 19 July 2021

In the first of a new series with travel lovers, we chatted to Katie Blake, who runs Blake Private Travel, a boutique travel agent based out of the same workspace as Unlocked team. 

  • Last trip pre-Covid?

I flew to Porto for three nights to see how it compared to Lisbon! Porto is like a smaller, more intimate Lisbon with cobbled lanes, boutique boltholes, a fantastic food scene and lots of wine and port tasting opportunities! I got stuck out there due to storm Ciara, which was a blessing in disguise and so drove to the Douro Valley for two nights too. A must to combine with Porto with it only being a 2-hour drive away with views and scenic walks to die for.

  • Next on the list?

Mexico and Belize – combining white sandy beaches, cenotes and cool towns such as Tulum in Mexico with the rainforests and insane underwater life of Belize. I love to mix a bit of luxury downtime with some action and adventure!

  • Favourite travel memory?

My first ever safari in Botswana was just jaw-dropping. Seeing the Big Five and hearing the ‘sounds of Africa’ where pure and utter silence is mixed with the raw sounds of the animal kingdom. You have a real sense that you are in their territory, which is exhilarating and makes you realise just how big the world is and how much more there is to explore. The lodges are also insanely luxurious too with mouthwatering food and luxurious rooms that have rolltop baths on private terraces.

  • Hidden gem?

For me, a hidden gem is that small intimate restaurant you were told about by the locals or that cocktail bar where they served the best margaritas or that beach, which you had to yourself at sunset. I work with the best local suppliers all over the world to ensure that my clients know about these hidden gems before and when they travel and do not worry I keep them a secret too!

  • Top tip for travellers?

With so much to think about – now more than ever – when you go away, it really helps to make sure you are as organised as you can be. Pre-book your seats for the plane, book that restaurant for dinner, organise your transfers and know who to call if something goes wrong. I offer all this and more as a complimentary service for my clients. My must packs are always lip balm, moisturiser, eye mask, earplugs and scarf for the plane too! I hate getting cold and love to feel refreshed when I get off!

Blake Private Travel is a boutique travel agent, located in Brighton & Hove, organising tailor-made trips worldwide. Whether you are looking for a boutique bolthole for a weekend away or a multi-destination adventure, we can help cater to your every need. We are ATOL Protected and work with the best local suppliers worldwide offering authentic, honest and first-hand advice to give you the best experience. Get in touch today and find out more

Join us for an Insta Live with Katie and our Co-Founder, Rebecca, on Thursday 29 July at 12PM BST unlocking the myths surrounding current travel restrictions 

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