I joined in August 2011 having returned from an epic trip across the Americas starting by cycling 3 months across Canada and ending the last few months back on the bikes in South America. Returning back to the UK, we wanted a change from the huge city living of London and heading to the coast was the best decision we have made. Previously worked for Trailfinders for 4.5 years, with over half the time in the Business Class Department. Have travelled widely and visited over 60 countries across 5 continents.
Upminster, Essex (end of the District Line in London).
I studied Economics and Geography at Sheffield University. I had a brilliant time, Sheffield is a great student city - fantastic nightlife and the Peak District right on the doorstep! I then studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for a Masters in Development Studies.
4.5 years at Trailfinders including 2.5 years as a First and Business Class Consultant. Joined Travel Nation in August 2011.
I have worked in the travel industry since 2005. I've spent the majority of my time specialising in Business and First class travel so I have a wealth of experience and knowledge selling trips for leisure and corporate travel. I have travelled extensively to over 50 countries across 6 continents giving me vast experience to suggest ideas and plan that once in a lifetime trip. I can advise the best options to suit your needs and allow you to enjoy that extra level of comfort and style.
Mrs K Dobson
Wed, 07/02/2018 - 09:18
You are in safe hands!
We’ve never been a package holiday kind of family and I usually revel in researching flights and hotels when planning a holiday. A multi-stop trip to Australia doing a mixture of self-drive and internal flights was a bit daunting to plan however.
Tue, 06/02/2018 - 21:31
Excellent service and sound advice from Chris West, the best start to our 'bucket list holiday after retirement and over 43 years of full time work.
We received good advice from Chris West, took our basic timetable, got good flights and times. Gave us good advice to change our arrival destination direct to Queenstown, NZ from Sydney and got our trip to South Island off to a great start.
Chris has visited:
Playing football, running, socialising down the pub or at friends houses and always up for trying a new hobby.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Brighton and Hove Albion.
Cycling around the world with a tent and all the neccessities to live in 4 panniers.
Cycling the Columbia Icefield Parkway in the Rockies during a 3 month trans-Canada cycle expedition, trekking Torres Del Paine National park, Chile, with 2 friends in mid-winter including sections of knee deep snow and without seeing another person for 5 days, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal.
Laos - such an amazing, chilled out place. Very friendly people, beautiful scenery and great water sports available on the rivers. A completely different pace of life when arriving from hugely populated China.
Headtorch, Pen Knife, Guidebook, Trekking shoes, sunglasses.
It is questionable whether you can call it unpacking - more a chaotic emptying of bags and creating carnage within seconds.
Canada - amazing scenery and activities abound, very friendly people, relaxed atmosphere.
Travelling to Bolivia at 18 on a one month expedition with a party from school. We helped build a kitchen for a school, trekked over 5000m in the Andes, visited the Amazon jungle. It definitely gave me a taste of adventure and led to a whole lot more…
Soneva Fushi, Maldives. For 5 star luxury on a beautiful island surrounded by coral reef you cannot beat it.
Tayrona National park, Colombia - stunning beaches complete with Seychelles-esq huge boulders and surrounded by jungle.
A cancelled Chinese visa - a bureaucratic nightmare and no-one seems to know the actual requirements when visiting Tibet.
Borneo and hopefully will do so next year on honeymoon- some of the world's best diving, beautiful islands, wildlife, huge caves, trekking. A perfect mix.
Pig's Brain soup in China - I would not recommend it.
Sydney - great place with lots to visit in the day including all the usual city highlights plus fantastic beaches and coastal walks followed by a great party atmosphere in the evening.
Halloween on Caye Caulker, Belize. The whole island - locals and tourists - all dressed up and hit the few bars there were.
Friends and family and home cooked food during long trips away.