I started at Travel Nation in December 2011 because I wanted to work for a specialist company catering for the individual needs of each client, and who enables me to concentrate on booking 'trips of a life time' and amazing tailor-made holidays. I previously worked for Trailfinders for 11 years, spending 5 years in their Business Class Department.
I'm originally from Ayr, in Scotland but I have spent time living and working in the USA, France, Australia and Northern Ireland. At Travel Nation I enjoy combining work and travel, along with being Mum to my 3 very lively children!
I studied Psychology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Around the same time, I also did Camp America, Bunac and a ski season.
11 years working for Trailfinders, including 5 years in First and Business Class Travel. Joined Travel Nation 2011.
In 2013 I made the move from being a Sales Consultant to act as a mentor to our sales team for 4 months which has resulted in my promotion to Sales Manager in March 2014.
Wed, 24/09/2014 - 17:05
Top class travel No worries
Travel Nation the company I trust with all my travel arrangements, Friendly efficient service every time! Thank you Travel Nation .Already looking forward to my next trip!
Fri, 21/03/2014 - 19:14
Everything worked like clock work
Travel Nation gave us the chance to do our bucket list trip, 5 weeks away with over 7 flights to 4 countries, 9 different beds, 1 car,1 camper van to drive the whole way round New Zealand and all want like clock work. Thank you Laura!
Laura has visited:
Last trip: Maldives
Running after my 3 young children or just running. I ran the Brighton Marathon 2012 and plan to continue running after it.
The Usual Suspects – the ending still gets me every time
I love a trashy novel.
On a beach in Asia building sandcastles with my kids.
Everywhere. My one year trip turned into a 2.5 year RTW
Laos was one of my favourite countries I visited. Beautiful countryside, people and amazing temples
After packing for 3 kids there is generally not much space for me but I always end up taking too many clothes and shoes. Must have items would be hand sanitiser, tiger balm, good book, camera and calpol for the kids!
It's my husband’s pet hate when I travel as I have to unpack as soon as I arrive – it needs to feel like home!
I love Australia for the outdoor healthy lifestyle and varied landscapes but it is too far from the UK and the rest of the family
I hitch-hiked round the Isle of Arran, Scotland age 16 with 3 school friends – hilarious! First overseas trip was a summer in the States when I was at Uni.
Udaipur, India. Trekking the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand. Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
My favourite hotel is The Datai, Datai Bay, Langkawi, Malaysia. The setting, service and food are all phenomenal. A great honeymoon option. We went back to Datai Bay with the kids and stayed at the Andaman which is a fantastic option for families and you can still eat at the restaurants in the Datai as it is next door.
Tarifa, Spain. Hilarious but very embarrassing kitesurfing experience when I face planted on the beach with a rather large audience. It was also where my now husband tried to propose to me but I was more interested in the shops than going to see sunset and we missed it! He did do an amazing moonlight proposal instead.
I love the fact in my last passport I have 8 stamps for Singapore. It's the king of the Hubs.
The list is endless and always growing. The only downside of my job is that I am inspired everyday by all of your amazing routes. I look forward to the children being older and taking them on safari and trekking Machu Pichu.
All the beasties on a stick in Asia that I tried and if I am being truthful detested.
On a recent trip to Ubud in Bali, I had the pleasure of eating in Sari Organik, Bodag Mahah Warung. The restaurant is well away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud and half the fun is getting there with a spectacular walk through the rice paddies. Once you arrive, you're rewarded with the most tranquil spot overlooking rice terraces and amazing food. It was so fresh, reasonable and the restaurant prides itself on growing all their own vegetables and rice!
My first job abroad was in Maryland, America where I worked in an amusement park for part of my summer holiday at Uni. The next summer I went back to the States and worked as a hockey coach at summer camps. After Uni I was a chalet girl in Val D’isere. On my RTW trip I worked in the travel industry in Australia selling skiing holidays. I also did a months voluntary work in Nepal at a school.
India was a still a shock despite being in South East Asia and Nepal for 6 months. Nothing can prepare you for the poverty and the way of life there but it is an amazing country to visit and worth that initial shock.
The Namaste Guest House in Varanasi , India for 4 days with dysentery was a particular low point.
Many years ago I played a drinking game involving a lot of beer and a film canister (that shows how many years ago!!) and later that night I was found in our dorm talking to and cuddling my rucksack.
Close call between Sydney and Vancouver.
We went to New Zealand for a wedding on Waiheke Island and the Kiwi’s certainly know how to party!
A nice cup of tea with “normal” milk. I have always had a thing about foreign milk.