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Learn more about the people behind Meraki Travel

Meet The Team

Matt Hodgson - General Manager

With over 20 years experience in the worldwide tailor-made travel sector, Meraki has been a really exciting project, being the first to market an online tailored holiday booking service. Making the technology possible has been really rewarding and we hope our customers enjoy the booking experience as much as our incredible holidays.

Best holiday experience?

My favourite holiday experience was 4 weeks in Indonesia with my family – some luxury, some basic – with lots of culture and the amazing hospitality of South East Asia.

Next on the bucket list?

I’d love to take the kids on an African safari, I think it would blow their mind!

A bit about yourself?

Outside work family keeps me busy, and when I’m not riding my bike or watching Netflix, I spend time planning our next big trip.

Jordan Torrilla – Product Manager

I take care of creating and managing Meraki holidays, using my passion to create unique itineraries and experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

Best holiday experience?

Visiting Botswana was probably a personal highlight. I was on the terrace of my tent photographing a herd of elephants, when they suddenly started swimming over to me. By the time they were done, they were just a few metres away from me. My heart was racing!

Next on the bucket list?

Uganda. I absolutely love Africa and would really like to see Chimpanzees in the wild within the next year or so.

A bit about yourself?

I’m heavily involved in my local hockey club and play at least twice a week. I also enjoy landscape and wildlife photography and as you’d expect, travelling as often as my schedule allows!

Charlotte Smith - Marketing & Content Senior Executive

I take care of Meraki’s marketing strategy and website content, inspiring customers to travel to our exciting destinations and empowering them to tailor their own holiday.

Best holiday experience?

Me and my boyfriend spent a summer road tripping down the west coast of America from Vancouver to San Diego. It was such fun - visiting the winelands, National Parks, spectacular coastal drives and campfires out under the stars.

Next on the bucket list?

Working in travel, it grows every day! Western Australia, Japan and Argentina are currently top of the list but I can be easily persuaded by anywhere with great food, wine and diving.

A bit about yourself?

Living in London, I’m a serial bruncher and love cooking for friends and family but as cliché as it sounds, travel is my biggest passion. I’ve lived in New Zealand and Australia and spent probably too much time backpacking around the world. I’m a qualified PADI Divemaster and my greatest achievement was a 16-day hike to Everest Base Camp.

Laura Garton - Marketing assistant

I look after Meraki’s social media strategy, customer emails and website content, keeping customers up to date with our new holidays and travel inspiration.

Best holiday experience?

I love Australia, it has everything – the weather, the outdoors, the once in a lifetime experiences and it’s so huge every region feels like a completely different country. My favourite experience was scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. I pushed myself to do something that scared me but glancing to my side and seeing a turtle calmly swimming by is an experience I’ll never forget. Although I definitely won’t be doing a night dive again after my oxygen tank got stuck on some coral and I thought I’d be left for dead!

Next on the bucket list?

It varies from one day to the next. One day it’s backpacking South America, the next it’s a heritage tour of India and the next it’s an African safari!

A bit about yourself?

I enjoy running, it helps me wind down in my spare time and you can rope me into almost anything with the offer of brunch. On the weekends, you’ll typically find me dining with friends and family, running or jetting off to Europe!

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