What’s On My Desk: George Morgan-Grenville of Red Savannah

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Founded in 2011 by George Morgan-Grenville, Red Savannah seeks to bring real experience and craftsmanship back to the forefront of the experiential travel industry. Even a commission in the Coldstream Guards and a fast-stream pass in the Foreign Office exam were not enough to prevent George from pursuing a 21 year career in luxury travel. Milestone adventures include being the first westerner to travel through central Asia by private saloon railcar in 1990, and planning and accompanying HRH Prince of Wales walking in the Himalayas and on safari in Tanzania.
Bespoke luxury travel company Red Savannah combines compelling expertise and on-the-ground, unrivaled knowledge with some of the most experienced names in the business to create inspirational, life-changing tailormade holidays. Red Savannah’s offerings range from private journeys through the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia to ruggedly exciting African safaris and adventures in South America, from a curated selection of European luxury villa rentals and boutique hotels to the very best Alpine ski chalets. 
Take a look at what Morgan-Grenville keeps nearby to keep himself grounded while getting it all done.
1. Book by M&C Saatchi ‘ Brutal Simplicity of Thought’. A wonderful reminder on how vagueness and waffle can destroy the strongest message. “Simplicity is more than a discipline: it is a test. It forces exactitude or it annihilates. It accelerates failure when a cause is weak, and it clarifies and strengthens a cause that is strong.
2. Buddhist Hand Sculpture: This was given to me by Aman Hotels. There are 10 hand gestures and this one is known as the Varada Mudra. It expresses the energy of compassion, liberation and an offering of acceptance. This mudra is made with the left hand and most often you can see it in conjunction with other mudras, such as the Bhumisparsa or the Abhaya.
3. An antique 7th Cavalry Bugle. I picked this up in an antique shop in New York. Apart from acting as a bookend, it represents a feeling of strength through adversity. From 1866 to 1881, the regiment marched a total of 181,692 miles (292,342 km) across Kansas, Montana, and the Dakota Territories.
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