I made the move to Travel Nation at the beginning of 2011 following 8 years at Trailfinders. With friends already in the company (as well as a flat just round the corner), I knew that at Travel Nation I would be able to share my own travel experiences whilst helping others get what they want from their own adventures.
I grew up in the seaside resort of Whitley Bay, and living on the coast remains essential for me (and the south is considerably warmer)! Travel was always on the agenda so after uni I headed off on with my backpack and came back a few years later, a little skinnier and less pale than when I left. Since then my destination choices have been inspired by wildlife and mountains, though things have changed somewhat since the arrival of my little girl in 2012... having a Brazilian father determines that she too will be a little traveller from an early age!
Whitley Bay (Newcastle)
Mainly at The Dry Dock pub (working as well as playing hard!) just over the road from Leeds Met University where I studied Business Management.
Following my 3 year world trip, I joined Trailfinders in Newcastle where I spent 4 years until they announced they were to open a shop in Brighton. I always said I would move here if they did... so I did. I worked for them for another 4 years specialising in Business Class and Polar travel.
My six years experience specialising in round the world Business Class and First Class travel for both corporate and leisure travellers has given me the insight required to get the right ticket for you. If a flat bed is essential, the Chauffeur car service and lounge access makes all the difference or you just want the extra comfort for that long journey I am happy to work out something to suit your requirements!.
Tue, 05/12/2017 - 23:27
A great team
A great team - always there and always reliable. They love to travel and they want you to have the best experience too.
Wed, 04/10/2017 - 18:01
Excellent service, very knowledgable.
Really quick turnaround and able to get quotes for things other travel agents had come up blank on. Had people who knew the area, despite it being off the usual tourist route.
Andrea has visited:
Experiencing a whole new world of adventure with my baby girl, in the form of playgroups, parks and cafes!
Rocky, Rocky 2, Rocky 3, Rocky 4... that's as far as I will go!
Lovely Laos, travelling first north and then south and then north again.
Antarctica. I boarded the ship in Ushuaia grinning from ear to ear but could not have anticipated what lay ahead. Each day held a new batch of adrenalin pumping, truly thrilling sights, sounds, adventures and wildlife. From elephant seals to albatrosses, king penguin colonies, crazed fur seals and whales to the calving icebergs which passed within metres of the kayak, zodiac and paths on which we wandered.
1. Flip flops (unless heading for Brazil where you will buy many!)
2. One decent pair of jeans - you will miss them if you don't
3. Camera with spare memory cards
4. An extra Credit card packed separately
5. P20 - once a day sunscreen!
I don't unpack... not unless I am staying in a nice hotel for a week or so... I which case I would probably take the suit case!
King Penguin colony - Salisbury Plain, South Georgia; Annapurna Base Camp – Nepal; Bagan, Burma
Nungwi, Zanzibar Tanzania. I never thought I was a beach person but after a week's camping safari nothing can beat a fabulous beach - great sunsets, great beach bars for sun-downers, excellent seafood BBQs, diving options... all good!
Port Lockroy – Antarctica.
Bhutan – I want to go trekking in stunning mountains and through remote villages.
I have to say I am a bit partial to BBQ'd chicken hearts.
In my student days I spent a summer working at The Great American Country & Western Ho Down.... in the Algarve in Portugal. Gingham frocks and line dancing all part of the waitressing job spec! I have since used my waitressing skills around Australia but have left long since left the line dancing behind.
A decrepit boat on route to Nias (Indonesian Island), with 150 sea sick locals and many more cockroaches... in a storm! After a horrendous, turbulent night the daylight revealed we had anchored just off the coast we were departing from and the journey was yet to begin!
My Dad still laughs about the time I called him from Puskar in India, in a panic because the bank in Simla had stolen $500 from my account 3 weeks after I had taken out money there. As he tried to calm my stress I mentioned that a 5 legged, holy cow had just stolen an orange from a stall in front of me. He thought it was wonderful, whereas to me at that time it was strangely normal. I expect he helped me out with the cash too until I could sort it with my bank as $500 at that time was a good month or two's travel.
Rio de Janeiro.