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My passion for travel started as soon as I left home for the sandy shores of Australia in 2011. After having travelling Australia extensively and making my way home for a few months…I knew I wasn’t finished. I booked my flights to Asia and travelled Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos for 3 months before starting an English teaching job in Vietnam. After finishing that post I flipped a coin between New Zealand and Canada and NZ won. After my experiences backpacking, I decided a career in travel was the path I needed to take, and so it began. I’ve been in the industry now for 7 years. I have travelled to South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia – just the huge expanses of Antarctica left to do. I’ll keep dreaming for that one.
I whole-heartly believe that holidays are good for the soul, and I strive to find the right fit for my customers. Whether that be a once in a lifetime trip or a few days away to switch off and explore. There is a lot of information out there and planning a holiday can be overwhelming so I aim to use my expertise and travel experience to find a holiday for my customers they will always remember!
Vietnam is absolutely my favourite Asian destination. The people are so friendly and its one of the cheapest countries to travel around. No trip to Vietnam is complete without a trip to Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site which boasts the most amazing coffee shops and lantern lined streets. The food is so fresh and unique… my advice is get stuck in and try it all. They are also famed for their unique coffees, try one of their egg drop coffees or even better their coffees made with condensed milk.
From the big bold atmosphere of Bangkok to the chilled island vibes of Phuket and Koh Samui, Thailand is a fantastic introduction into Asia. From the luxury offering right down to hostel dorms, I guarantee you’ll have a good time here. The beaches are among the best in Asia and the street food compares to nothing I’ve ever had before.
The ancient heart of Asia, you’ll be so impressed by a trip to the famous Ankor Wat. The worlds largest religious site in terms of a temple complex. Its hard to get over how this place exists in the middle of the Cambodia Jungle. This paired alongside Cambodia’s rich and turbulent past makes a remarkably interesting holiday.
Laos is one of those little-known gems. It is famed for its long boat ride down the Mekong and its wild jungles. I had taken a trip ziplining through the jungle and stayed in a treehouse for 2 nights and it was one of my most unforgettable travel experiences by far. Also visit Luang Prabang for a town steeped in French influence. Or visit Vang Vieng for the famous River tubing while stopping off at various hole in the hedge riverside bars – a great evenings craic.
Brazilians can party like no other! Rio is an unreal city for vibrant night clubs and some fab cocktail bars. And with world class beaches right in the city – this place has everything. As well as Rio, I’d highly recommends a visit to nearby Ilha Grande, a little island with amazing wildlife, beaches and the best Caipirinhas in Brazil.
Peru was my favourite country in South America, it’s not like anywhere I’ve been before!!! Nothing will ever beat those first views of Machu Pichu after hiking through the Andes. Another place that stood out was Lake Titicaca, the world highest lake, where local tribes live on islands constructed of reeds. Such an unusual and fantastic place to visit.
The mecca for steak, salsa dancing and red wine!! If you are a foodie, I highly recommend a trip to Argentina. The quality of steak and wine is second to none. Argentina also shares a border with Brazil and stuck in the middle is the fantastic Iguassu Falls – the largest falls in the world.
My home for 2.5 years! I could write a book on how amazing this country is. The volcanic activity and tropical climate has made NZ a land of mountains, hot springs, glaciers, fjords and rainforest. Amazingly diverse food options and the best vineyards I have ever been to. Try Waihehe Island a short ferry ride from Auckland for a bus ride in between the vineyards. I lived in Auckland, which is a great city, but every time I visited Queenstown I asked for a transfer with work. Nothing ever beats those snow-capped mountains and movie set landscapes!
Australia is up there with one of my all-time favourite countries. If I think to my happy place it’s probably sitting on Mission Beach just south of Cairns in the late evening with a fire pit lit and a crate of beers in the cooler. The chilled-out lifestyle here means that no matter where you go in this massive county you will have a good time. Uluru is one of those stunning natural sites you don’t forget and in the Australian winter, you have a great opportunity to visit Northern Territory with its amazing National parks and year round sunshine.
If I could only go to one African country this would be it. Tanzania is home to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks. Serengeti hosts the second largest terrestrial mammal migrations in the world which secures it as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. You have a fairly high chance of seeing all of the big 5 here. From my 6-week Africa trip, I saw the most animals here. At the Ngorongoro crater, the animals are bound to this area by the crater walls and the enclosed nature of the crater meaning it’s own ecosystem has been created think; rich grasslands, swamps, acacia forests, and Lake Makat so get ready to see some magic. As well as that you can visit the Masai Mari tribes, we had a great evening of craic performing their traditional ‘jumping’ dance. To finish it all off – nothing beats a trip over to Zanzibar – an island in the Indian ocean to give you a fantastic chilled out few days before heading home. Tanzania has everything!
Malawi is a beautiful country, with a huge lake in the middle and most tourist resorts built near the lake. The people are super friendly – but warning the fruit punch is absolute rocket fuel.
South Africa is stunning! Travel along the garden route for some unbelievable boutique hotel stays and stunning views. You’ll find awarding winning vineyards and some incredible luxury safari experiences here. If you dare I would recommend doing a Shark cage dive in one of the few places in the world you can experience this.
Home to the amazing Victoria Falls and one of the adventure capitals of Africa. You can bungee from the bridge at Victoria Falls or swim at the edge of danger at the tip of the falls, surprisingly there is a also a fantastic gin bar where they have gin paddles to test 5 different types of gins and toppings.
Zambia was another fantastic safari destination. We visited South Luagwa National park for a night safari which was an incredible experience. We also had sundowners with a glass of champagne and some nibbles.
From ski trips to city breaks and beach breaks, Italy is one of those destinations that is good all year round. A favourite of mine for sure. The ski slopes here are vast and the après ski is among the best out there. I love Lake Garda for a summer break, and with its cobbled streets and amazing food, I would not be bored going back here, year on year.
Austria is another ski favourite. You’ll find really well-groomed sloped and proper alpine chalets hidden amongst the trees. For the summer, Austria is a great place for adventure sports, hiking and walking.
Greece has so much to offer for everyone. Great family hotels and amazing trips for couples and friends. We stayed in Corfu and its hard to beat chilling by the pool all day with a cocktail in hand.
A short plane ride from New Zealand or Australia will bring you over to the Pacific Islands. Crystal clear waters and absolute island paradise awaits. Samoa was a fantastic holiday and well worth trying to squeeze in a Pacific Island or two if you are over that far. We hired a motorbike for the day and explored the vast green island to come across the To Sua Ocean trench. A huge hole in the landscape with clear warm waters to swim in.
Island hopping in amazing Fiji was such an experience. A perfect opportunity to experience islands where you feel like the only island in the sea. The food was incredible, freshly caught fresh and home-grown vegetables every day. I asked the bar man for a coconut water, which I thought would be in a carton, and he grabbed his machete and climbed up the tree to get me a fresh one.
I’ve been lucky to have experienced quite a few ski destinations, from cheap and cheerful to high end. There is something for everyone. Nothing ever beats the feeling of finishing skiing for the day and partying to the early hours in salopettes and rosy- red mulled wine cheeks.
There are so many options out there for a holiday with a difference. I have done quite a few adventure style holidays and guarantee these aren’t holidays you will forget easily. I have plenty of suggestions to make that holiday a possibility.
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