My name is Mark
Seymour, and I am the owner of Seymour Travels.
Having worked in the travel industry for only six years - with a previous
career in architectural and artistic renovation - I am fortunate to have
been recruited by Rick Steves at the very beginning to guide tours of
Britain. His company introduced me to the concept of small group travel,
and I am very grateful for that; however, I wanted to do even smaller
group travel, and so Seymour Travels was born.
I have always enjoyed travel and have experienced every type of traveling
adventure, from backpack vacations in North Africa to fjord cruises around
the Baltic. From white water rafting trips through the Grand Canyon to
villa holidays on the island of Gozo. Travel experiences can be fun, energetic,
relaxing, scenic, awesome, tiring, exhilarating or all of the above. When
you spend the precious vacation time that you earn to travel, you should
big adventures or small adventures, it really
doesn't matter, but you should experience something new, something thrilling
and above all, something educational and perhaps even perspective-broadening.
When you tour with me or one of my colleagues, we will endeavour to help
you achieve these goals.
As a young man, I enjoyed playing team sports at a high level, and I believe
that team camaraderie is something to be enjoyed on a small group tour
as well. I do my best to build this esprit de corps in the short time
that we have together, thereby enhancing our experience in the process.
Touring with us also means getting outdoors to explore and enjoy the landscape.
We do our share of museums, cathedrals and castles, but it is my firm
belief that to truly understand the people who built these things, we
must also understand the land and environment that moulded them, that
shaped who they were and what motivated them. On our tours, you will discover
the remarkable people behind the history, a history that is directly connected
to their respect for the land and their pride of place.
I grew up in the South West of England, in a small town nestled amongst
the moors and clinging to the cliffs of North Devon. This is literary
country-think Daphne du Maurier, Charles Kingsley, Thomas Hardy, R.D.
Blackmore, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Edward Capern. This area is also
brimming with maritime history-think Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake,
Sir Richard Grenville and Robert Falcon Scott (of the Antarctic). It is
a beautiful and still-isolated part of the British Isles that has played
an incredible role in the history of Britain. Devonian seafarers explored
the world and defended our trade routes, so enabling Britain's Empire
to develop. Its soldiers have fought in World Wars to protect others'
rights and liberties, and its scientists have been responsible for discoveries
that have allowed us all to have better and longer lives. I am very proud
of my native land.
I am also proud of the people who still live there. Today, North Devon
is only a small community of "hard" people who live on the land
and who haven't benefited much from the economic growth that Britain has
seen through the centuries. Agriculture and tourism are still the mainstays
of their economy, so the people of Devon know both the necessity and the
rewards of hard work. I hope that I bring these characteristics to my
tours and will always strive to make every tour a unique and memorable
experience for all who travel with me.