The genesis of VIVID Travel dates back to 2008 on our honeymoon. I loved the cocktail of experiences my wife had designed for us across South Africa, Zambia and Mauritius. The highlight for me was white water rafting down the Zambezi river even though I spent more time in the river than than the boat!
I found the variety of experiences really magical and decided someone needed to save the world from boring beach holidays, languishing around the pool for a week or longer, gazing into a mobile phone half the time! Surely life is too short? We now have 3 children and soon realised that just like honeymooners, families have specific and different requirements when travelling. I became frustrated dealing with travel companies that did not seem to understand connecting rooms and car seats were not optional extras but essential requirements and thought this was something else we could do better.
In 2015 I was finally able to realise that ambition and founded VIVID Travel with one simple purpose: enable everyone, families included, to enjoy extraordinary travel, packed with a variety of memorable experiences, designed 100% to their own tastes. All the trips you see on the website are examples only. We really can build in anything your heart desires*. Challenge us! We can also tailor any trip to cater for different parties, for example with / without kids, big and small, or indeed have several itinerary variations for different people on the same overall trip.
We have travelled with VIVID Travel extensively as a family including an epic adventure across Hong Kong and China. We understand and cater for the different needs different people have. That is the beauty of a personally designed trip. There really are no limits. You can have complete confidence in our Travel Designers, they are all 100% genuine experts in their chosen destinations, and will be on-hand to help you every step of the way from the first conversation on, including during your trip overseas and thereafter.
We are a proud to be owner managed and to offer you a very personal service. You are welcome to contact me directly anytime.
Kane Pirie - Managing Director & Founder
*within the limits of our ethical policies. We don't sell elephant rides for example.
The VIVID Travel Team
Our exceptionally well travelled and knowledgeable Travel Designers are at the heart of everything we do. Having lived and travelled extensively in their destinations of expertise, they will ensure that you are exceptionally well looked after from the point of enquiry right through your return home. Everyone at VIVID Travel is passionate about all things travel and across the wider team we have an eclectic range of experiences that we love to share with our clients!
Managing Director and Founder
Kane has served as a director with ABTA, the UK trade association, alongside several other company boards. He occasionally admits to being a Chartered Accountant.
Favourite country: New Zealand
Dramatic and diverse landscapes, incredible outdoors, world class wine and some of the most unique wildlife in the world
Favourite country: USA
There is so much to see and do in this expansive land, the USA is home to some of the world's most incredible National Parks, iconic buzzing cities and fascinating history.
Favourite country: Italy
Renowned for its art, culture, style and of course its outstanding culinary scene, I can't stay away. Sunny days on the banks of beautiful Lake Como just can't be beaten.
Favourite country: Ecuador & Galapagos
Wildlife opportunities are endless, one minute you are snorkelling with sea lions, the next face to face with a blue-footed booby.
Favourite country: China
Impossible to sum up, you can see every kind of landscape, soak up the most vibrant cities and enjoy the tastiest food.
Favourite country: Canada
Born in Toronto, my heart lies in Western Canada. The spectacular landscapes, incredible wildlife and outdoorsy culture keep me heading back for my fix year after year.
Favourite country: Namibia
Namibia feels like taking a step back in time, as well as into another world. This incredibly special place offers perspective, nature, wildlife, history and a very warm welcome!
Favourite country: Myanmar
I love the mystery of this undiscovered country, and will always remember the beautiful sunsets over Bagan's temples
Favourite country: Canada
There are so many beautiful things to see and exciting things to do across the entire country. I lived in Tofino and loved every minute!
Favourite country: Zambia
White-water rafting on the Zambezi was an adrenaline rush you just have to try for yourself!
Office Dog/Chief Happiness Officer
I like long walks, belly rubs and sticks.