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Vanessa

My Travel Experience

I switched careers back in 1994 to join the travel industry and I have never looked back. Travel has always been my passion and exploring new countries and cultures never fails to impress me. I have travelled extensively and never tire of it! The Caribbean has always been a big favourite of mine and I have been lucky enough to have visited 12 times so far. Canada is another one of my favourites and I have visited 10 times - the Rockies are home to the most incredible scenery in the world.

My Best Travel Memory

So many to choose from but swimming with wild dolphins in Western Australia, watching the sun set at Shirley Heights in Antigua and riding the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios in Florida are all top contenders.

Top Travel Tip

When travelling long haul, set your watch to local time as soon as you start your journey. Fight the urge to sleep on arrival and try to adapt to the local time zone in terms of meals and rest. For me, this is the best way to avoid the dreaded jet lag.

I Couldn't Travel Without

Insect repellent - they seem to like biting me; I must taste nice!

What's On My Bucket List

There are so many destinations and experiences on my bucket list but a stay at Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia in one of their infinity pool rooms is right at the top!

 
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Angela

My Travel Experience

I wanted to go into banking when I left school but a job came up for a school leaver in a travel agency and here I am, still in travel some 33 years later. I love tailor made enquiries; putting elements together to form a fabulous trip for my customers. I consider myself very lucky with the destinations I have visited, which include Australia, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Egypt, Dubai, the USA and the Caribbean. In recent years I have taken in some great cities around Europe including Rome, Venice, Istanbul, Prague, Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Lisbon.

My Best Travel Memory

I have many great memories of my trips so it is difficult to pick just one. Riding along the Amalfi Coast on the back of a motorbike while wearing a white dress with red shoes and matching bag (it was the 80's!). Being enraptured by the Sound and Light Show at Egypt's pyramids and the Temple of Karnak. Seeing the treasures of Tutankhamen at the Cairo museum – it was like walking into a room filled with sunshine seeing all that gold! Being on safari watching elephants bathe at a waterhole and watching fairy penguins come out of the sea at Phillip Island in Australia. Mooching round the craft market in the Rocks area of Sydney. Visiting Pearl Harbour and Port Arthur both gave me a quiet but eerie feeling. Dancing to Bob Marley at a local disco in Mombasa and on board a cruise ship in Hawaii – there’s something about reggae that just sings holiday. Seeing the beautiful Taj Mahal and taking in the amazing bizarre sights on the streets of India.

Top Travel Tip

Take a torch! They are especially handy if visiting tombs, ruins etc. or staying in an area with little or no street lighting.

I Couldn't Travel Without

My passport!

What's On My Bucket List

On my bucket list is a trip to see Victoria Falls, a visit to San Francisco, riding The Ghan Train to Alice Springs and a visit to Ayers Rock. I'd also love to take the Karunda Skyrail in Cairns, explore Malaysia, see more of India and take a rail holiday through Italy.

 
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Alexis

My Travel Experience

I started with the company back in 2002 and have been working in travel for over 19 years! I love my job as it is so varied and exciting, organising all kinds of trips for my clients. I now work part time three days a week which gives me a good work/family balance. I love travelling and am lucky to have explored many different countries. I love skiing and have been several times.

My Best Travel Memory

This is a tough one! I had an incredible time in Sri Lanka - incredibly friendly people, lovely food and lots of things to see and do as well as really nice beaches.

Top Travel Tip

Visit as many different places as you can!

I Couldn't Travel Without

My husband and my son.

What's On My Bucket List

A road trip on Route 66, Brazil and Vietnam.

 
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Astra

My Travel Experience

My career in travel started at 18 when I went to work as a Redcoat at Butlins Bognor Regis before heading overseas with Airtours as part of their animation team. Back in the UK I spent a few years working for online travel agencies specialising in tailor made USA holidays and cruises, before arriving here! My main expertise lies with bespoke holidays however I have travelled extensively throughout the Med and Europe.

My Best Travel Memory

I have lots of wonderful memories from my travels however I have to say that my wedding at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the ultimate memory.

Top Travel Tip

Leave your worries and cares at home and embrace every adventure you are faced with!

I Couldn't Travel Without

A good book!

What's On My Bucket List

Lots, it changes every week! At the moment I really keen to take my husband away to Hong Kong followed by a tour of Vietnam. Canada and New Zealand are also high on my list of 'must visit' places. I would really love to explore the Garden Route in South Africa and enjoy a luxury safari experience, too.

 
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Hannah

My Travel Experience

I started working in travel in 2011, starting off as cabin crew for Monarch Airlines. I went on to work for a tour operator and then a high street travel agency, before joining the Packyourbags Travel team in 2015. I have travelled to some fantastic long haul destinations including Australia, South Africa, Antigua, Saint Lucia and parts of the USA.

My Best Travel Memory

The best travel memory has to be driving the Highway 101 from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the coastal views were amazing.

Top Travel Tip

See as many sights as possible!

I Couldn't Travel Without

Some good reading material and my passport.

What's On My Bucket List

I have so many places I would love to visit but Canada would be at the top of my list. I would also love to explore Vietnam and Cambodia.

 
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Roseanna

My Travel Experience

Before I joined the company, I started booking tailor-made European rail travel. This is where my love for travel started as I loved meeting new customers and planning their trip of a lifetime. After four years of rail travel I went on to be a Cabin Crew member, as it was always my dream job to be up in the sky. I then went to a travel agency in Bluewater, which was one of the busiest travel agents in Europe, so I was always kept on my toes! I’ve been lucky to explore some lovely places which include Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Tenerife, Portugal, Egypt, Israel, Cape Verde and, my favourite of all, Australia.

My Best Travel Memory

My best travel memory was going on the Glacier Express in Switzerland, as the views from the panoramic carriages were breath-taking. Seeing the amazing Moulin Rouge show in Paris whilst sipping on Champagne was also very memorable!

Top Travel Tip

Don’t forget your passport, which I did once!

I Couldn't Travel Without

My makeup bag

What's On My Bucket List

There are so many places so I possibly couldn’t pick one. For my forthcoming honeymoon, my Fiancé and I are taking a Royal Caribbean cruise around Europe, so we can wake up somewhere new every day!

 
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Maddie

My Travel Experience

I started my career in the travel industry in 2014 when I joined Packyourbags after completing a two year BTEC Travel & Tourism course at college. I’ve travelled to several beach resorts in Europe such as Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Spain, Greece and France as well as going on city breaks to Paris and Barcelona. I would love to travel to as many different worldwide destinations as possible and would love to visit New York and Canada.

My Best Travel Memory

As I have only just started my career in travel, I haven’t yet created as many travel memories in different countries as I would like to but over the next few years I hope to have lots of amazing memories of destinations I have been to. My best travel memory was going on holiday to Fuerteventura with my boyfriend, as it was our first holiday together. I enjoyed riding a camel and visiting the zoo where we were able to get up close and feed the animals including giraffes and elephants. I also enjoyed going on a jet-ski even though I feared for my life!

Top Travel Tip

When packing your suitcase, instead of folding your clothes roll them up as it stops creases.

I Couldn't Travel Without

My phone, a good book to read and sun cream.

What's On My Bucket List

As many destinations as I can travel to in my lifetime! My top places I want to go to are Canada, Thailand and New Zealand.

 
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Lucie

My Travel Experience

I joined the company back in 2002 and have loved working here ever since! I have recently returned from maternity leave and am enjoying being back with the team and assisting with all aspects of travel. I’m very lucky to have explored some amazing places in the world including Australia, Thailand, the Caribbean, America and many European countries including Cyprus, France, Finland, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

My Best Travel Memory

I have so many magical holiday memories but I treasure my honeymoon in Koh Lak in particular. We spent two unforgettable weeks in Thailand experiencing the stunning scenery by land and sea, the warm and friendly people, gorgeous weather, delicious cuisine, time out to relax…I cannot wait to go back!

Top Travel Tip

Try to learn some commonly-used words and phrases in the local language. You’re sure to impress the locals will your efforts and politeness.

I Couldn't Travel Without

My husband and two children.

What's On My Bucket List

The list is endless, but destinations close to the top of my wish list include India, California, Morocco, and I am very keen to return to the picturesque city of Rome – some destinations are so amazing they deserve a second visit!

 
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Lauren

My Travel Experience

I have been working in leisure travel for over 14 years now in various roles such as reservations, administration, customer service and now operations. I have travelled to many European destinations such as Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia and further afield I have travelled to Thailand, Mexico and the USA.

My Best Travel Memory

Being an elephant keeper for the day in Thailand - amazing!

Top Travel Tip

Wrap your toiletries up in cling film or plastic food bags. If anything explodes or leaks during your journey, it hopefully won't ruin the rest of your belongings.

I Couldn't Travel Without

My tablet - I like to read, play games and listen to music whilst relaxing by the pool.

What's On My Bucket List

I will try and keep this as brief as I can: Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka to see the culture. I would like to drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas and stop off along the way, mainly at the vineyards if I am honest. Africa - well I just want to go everywhere but if I had to choose just one place it would be South Africa, it has a little bit of everything you could ask for in a holiday, in my opinion. I’m wrapping it up now (I promise) with a few cities I want to explore: Rome, Budapest, Hong Kong and Chicago.