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Created by TravelEssence

Our story

Little America is the United Kingdom arm of TravelEssence - a New Zealand and Australia travel specialist that was launched in 2006 by New Zealander, Andrew Morten. From there, Little America was founded in 2018 to craft custom journeys just for you to Canada and the United States. We are an independent travel specialist and are owner-managed.

Little America and TravelEssence have become a leading travel specialist for fully tailor-made journeys. We pride ourselves on providing unique small-scale hand-selected accommodation and personal activities, all tailored into wonderful and perfectly organised journeys based completely upon your travel wishes and needs.

Portrait of founder, Andrew Morten
Little America founder, Andrew Morten

We know our hosts personally and work with them directly

Due to our roots and experiences, we have carefully selected a range of places to stay and things to do that are unique. Approximately 70% of the properties and activities we offer are not available from any other travel company or online reservation site in the world. We focus on properties that host only a few people at any one time, or even exclusively just you.

Many of our hosts prefer just to look after our clients. Why?

Because we create each journey with you, our client, and ensure the places where you stay are what you love. We also strongly advise travelling at a pace that gives time to enjoy each location, instead of a whirlwind tour around a few commercial highlights.

Thus, you arrive happy and relaxed, enjoying a journey away from the crowds. We know for a fact that we have the most unique and carefully selected accommodation and activity selection of any American and Canadian travel specialist in the United Kingdom.

Even more uniquely, as a matter of principle, we pay your hosts in advance.

We also provide them with a simple reservation system that almost eliminates the administration required for working with us and also eliminates the chances of any mistakes.

This makes your hosts also happy and relaxed and means they can focus on making your experience all the more special. And they do so because as a Little America client, they regard you as the best clients they can have.

Little America travel experts Luke and Tobias pose during kayak activity
Our team regularly visits our destinations and search for great hidden gems
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Our welcoming, local hosts make the difference in your experience

"Travel, it’s supposed to be enlightening and enchanting, beautiful and magical. It’s why we do things the way we do them, with a focus on people."

Andrew, Founder of Little America

Our philosophy

Our local knowledge makes the difference. We enable people to experience the real essence of travelling in Canada and the United States. Exclusive access to our local knowledge. Your wishes. Our knowledge. The perfect journey, tailor-made.

What is unique about Little America?

  • One-of-a-kind-, bespoke holiday itineraries.
  • Providing perfect holiday itineraries and making our customers happy - by spending time talking to you to understand what you want and expect from your holiday.
  • Welcoming hosts who love to share their slice of paradise with you means you can make yourself at home on the other side of the planet.
  • Small-scale tourism puts you in contact with local guides so you can benefit from their tips and advice.
  • Slow-paced travel, travelling at a relaxed pace, enables you to really see each and every location you visit, to fully immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty, culture, and history.
  • Rental car SUV instead of camper vans or motorhomes, a more sustainable way of travelling, plus, it enables you to visit the hidden gems, not many people ever do.
Discover the United States and Canada through the eyes of the locals
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Nature, and its preservation, plays a major role in our way of working
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We love to make our clients happy

From experience, we know that spending time talking to you to understand what you want and expect from your holiday means that you come home far happier. That’s why we don’t offer standard holidays online, but instead design and arrange each journey uniquely.

As a company that offers small-scale holidays, we have always aimed to be the very best. Over 2000 clients have reviewed and rated their TravelEssence holiday with an average of 9.4 out of 10, based on over 20 criteria. Even the Germans give us 9.6.

Your American or Canadian trip should be the best holiday of your life. Together with your wishes and our experience, and our great places to stay and things to do, we are confident that it will be.

Please get in touch to talk about your perfect holiday to Canada or the United States. We can talk over the phone, via the computer or face to face.

Client Reviews

The Lester family

United States

The number one reason we are extremely relieved we chose Little America came during the early part of our stay. We…

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Min and Nicolas

United States

We want to thank you so much! We came back from our trip today and are completely satisfied with the experiences…

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When you book with us, you're protected.

When you book with us, your holiday is protected by ATOL. Little America is affiliated with Air Travel Organiser Licensing - licence No. 11760. Your holiday with us is fully protected by the ATOL scheme under the trading name - Little Travel UK LTD.

If you book a holiday with us, the ATOL cover means that the money you prepay will be refunded if the other party is unable to fulfill the agreed performance due to financial inability. If the agreement also includes transport and the destination has already been reached, the return journey will be taken care of.

When paying for your holiday, even the first deposit, we are more than happy to provide you with our ATOL Certificate to show proof that your holiday is protected.

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One step closer to your dream trip

More is possible than you may think

You probably already have ideas for your holiday to the United States and Canada. Nature tours through the Rocky Mountains, spotting orcas near the San Juan Islands, or exploring the streets of San Francisco on the iconic cable car?

For the best local tips and advice, visit one of our online presentations. Meet our travel specialists and have all of your questions answered.