I have more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, always specialising in holidays to Australia and New Zealand with worldwide stopovers.
I'm a born and bred Londoner with lots of my family now living in New Zealand, hence the numerous visits - including a recent, 3-month career break. I fell in love with Australia the first time I visited in 1995 and have visited almost every year since.
Apart from travelling, I love music and going to live gigs. I enjoy the cinema and fancy restaurants, all of which keep me poor but happy!
Brighton Polytechnic - which is now Brighton University (that shows my age!)
I first met Haydn (MD of Travel Nation) more than 20 years ago when I started as a trainee travel consultant at Bridge The World. I stayed there for 9 years, going on to help launch the luxury Australia and New Zealand specialist, Bridge & Wickers in 2005. It as there that I learned to appreciate the joy of Business Class flights and luxury hotels! After 8 years, Bridge & Wickers became part of The Ultimate Travel Company and I stayed on whilst the transition was completed. When I found out that Travel Nation was looking to launch tailor-made holidays to Australia and New Zealand, I jumped at the opportunity of joining this specialist team.
Annette has visited:
At home, probably planning my next holiday.
The Maldives - I didn't believe anywhere could top Tahiti for turquoise water and luxury overwater accommodation but I was wrong.
iPad, phone, camera, credit card and chargers!
No rucksack for me, I am strictly a suitcase gal. But I wouldn't unpack for just one night!
Melbourne. It's a great city, with fantastic food and wine, and close to the beach.
Day one in Sydney for the first time, walking through the Botanic Gardens and getting my first view of the Sydney Opera House on a bright, blue, sunny day.
Sydney, Waiheke Island (Auckland) and the Whitsunday Islands.
Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island. Absolute luxury, the most significant wow factor, and an incredible place to visit. Kangaroo Island is known as 'Australia’s Galapagos' for good reasons.
Doubtless Bay, Northland, NZ - usually deserted and stunning. It's also where my sister got married, so it holds a lot of happy memories for me.
The Kimberley region of Western Australia. Despite sending lots of clients there on amazing trips and adventures cruises, it’s pretty much the last piece of Australia I’ve not seen and it looks incredible.