I joined Travel Nation in 2014 after taking a few years off to raise my children. I went travelling after university and spent 14 months travelling around Australia, followed by four months travelling around Asia. This lead me to work in travel as I figured that I might as well work in an industry that I love and get to go on fantastic holidays!
Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
Brighton and Edinburgh, where I studied Hospitality Management.
I worked for Trailfinders for 14 years, spending six years in their Business Class department. Having booked First and Business class passengers for many years, I've also been fortunate enough to have travelled in Business Class on various airlines. I know and understand the differences between each airline and can offer you lots of tips, I will happily advise on what each airline offers; from chauffeur car transfers to the seat pitch and on-board service. I can tailor-make trips to fit your exact requirements using my 15 years of experience in tailor-made booking trips. I've sent lots of clients on fantastic holidays, so I would love to book your trip of a lifetime too!
Grainne has visited:
Running around after my two children aged 7 and 5.
Favourite film is Gorillas in the Mist.
Travelling somewhere with my family and passing on the travel-bug to my kids.
Australia – I was having far too much fun.
Namibia – no two days are the same; it just blows you away. One day it’s desert, the next stunning coast, the mountains or a self-drive safari.
A sarong, a good book, my tweezers, eye mask and earplugs.
Sydney. A great outdoors lifestyle with impromptu BBQs at home or down by the beach.
Backpacking around Europe was great fun, however, when I arrived in Sydney, sat on Coogee beach I realised I could go wherever I wanted to.
Mozambique, Namibia and Brazil.
Marataba Safari Lodge, South Africa – in the foothills of the Waterberg Mountains. Amazing rooms, food and safaris through endless green space under vast skies.
That’s a very tough question – probably Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia. Beautiful sunsets, a big broad beach and it's pretty much deserted. Or maybe the Maldives - idyllic beaches, turquoise waters and excellent diving.
Flags on rucksacks.
Uganda – I would love to see Gorillas in the wild.
When I was in Nairobi, I went to the carnivore restaurant and tried zebra and crocodile.
The sushi in the Maldives was the best; the worst would be refried beans in Mexico. There are only so many days you can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
I did lots of different jobs on a working holiday visa in Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide. Who knew selling fairground ride tickets could be so much fun!?
I haven't, but I think my kids got a bit of a shock when we first arrived in Marrakesh.
The plane back to the UK after my first round the world trip.
Family and friends.