I made a move to Travel Nation in 2011 following eight years at Trailfinders. With friends already working here, I knew that at Travel Nation, I would be able to share my own travel experiences while helping others get what they want from their 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 for me, so after university, 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.
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 three-year world trip, I joined Trailfinders in Newcastle, where I spent four years until they announced they were going to open a shop in Brighton. I always said I would move to Brighton if they did! I worked in the shop for another four years specialising in Business Class and Polar travel.
My six years 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 make 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.
Andrea has visited:
Experiencing a whole new world of adventure with my little 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
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 partial to BBQ'd chicken hearts.
In my student da,ys 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.
An old 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 three 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 of travel.
Rio de Janeiro.