Our travel consultants have the in-depth, personal knowledge that's only gained by actually having been there (we've covered all seven continents). Meet the team and learn about some of their most enjoyable travel destinations below:
Raised in the UK, music was my first love. Travel came late to me but I was soon converted and over the years I've managed to take off three separate years to explore the world. One of my philosophies has been ‘if you hear music seek it out’; as a result I’ve wandered into all manner of festivals and events in the most unlikely of places. I’m always intrigued to see the world from other people’s perspectives so my travels have taken me to some interesting places such as North Korea & Iraq. I’ve travelled extensively in Asia and feel honoured to have experienced much of the Middle East before the current troubles; contrary to what you see on the news, the people we met are by far the most hospitable we’ve ever come across.
Favourite destination: It depends whether I’m dreaming of food, people, culture or scenery but Cuba, Laos, Burma & Syria are all places I dream of heading back to.
Next trip: We’re currently planning a trip back to Vietnam, this time with children so a whole new type of experience. The kids are really looking forward to lots of noodles and temples in particular.
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I’ve loved travelling ever since I worked my way around the world on cruise ships, in my early 20s. I’ve travelled to many countries over the last few years, and love getting off the beaten track a little, to get to experience how the locals do things. I enjoy trying local delicacies too – especially street food! I’m also a big advocate of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, so my travels to Southern Africa have been a highlight so far.
Favourite destination: My favourite destination has to be Spain. There’s such a variety of scenery, incredible food, and there’s a vibrant culture with welcoming locals. It’s easy to travel around by train, bus or car, with great walking and biking opportunities as well. Plus, who can argue with having a siesta every afternoon!
Next trip: Mexico is top of my list at the moment. I can’t wait to try ‘proper’ Mexican cuisine, see the ancient Mayan ruins, snorkel in the cenotes, and just amble around the small villages.
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Yvette Park (nee Pini)
I love the adventure of travelling to somewhere I haven't been before. Learning about different cultures, meeting amazing people, new taste sensations and breath taking sights. I love getting lost in new places, you never know what you'll discover.
Favourite destination: Too many to mention. Vietnam, Tibet, Italy, Tanzania to name a few - I love the people, food, culture and of course the Wildlife in Tanzania.
Next trip: Looking forward to heading to Argentina and Patagonia, I hope to get in a Tango lesson or two. I can't wait to see the Fjords and Glaciers of Patagonia, this will be my first experience using crampons and seeing icebergs. I might even get to see a penguin.
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Sam Eves (nee Treurnich)
I was born and bred in South Africa but moved to New Zealand just over 10 years ago so consider this my new home. Travelling has been a part of my life for about 20 years and whilst living & working in South Africa, the United States, the UK and now New Zealand I have had amazing opportunities to visit some remote and exciting destinations. Even though I have visited all 7 Continents I know that there is still a lot more to explore and am always looking for my next opportunity to do so.
Favourite destination: It would have to be Antarctica. There is nowhere in the world like it and I feel privileged to have explored such a remarkable place.
Next trip: My plan is to go back to Africa. My kiwi husband has never been before so I cannot wait to show him around “home”. I also believe that no two trips to Africa are the same and there is something very special about a place that you can’t quite describe to someone… you just have to feel it for yourself!
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I was very lucky to be raised in a family that was constantly on the move. Having grown up living between the Pacific Islands, Europe and New Zealand, it’s fair to say that I have always had a passion for travel and experiencing new things! When travelling, I love learning and emerging myself in different cultures and seeing how things can differ so much around the world.
Favourite Destination: Crete by far! Make sure to explore to outskirts. Beautiful sandy white beaches, Greek food and traditional Cretan villages make the island one that I will never forget. I can’t wait to visit all the other Greek Islands.
Next trip: A quick trip back to the USA is already planned. It’s such a massive country and there is so much more for me to see. Central & South America are still on my bucket list of destinations to visit.
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Originally from Bulls a small town between Palmerston North and Wanganui. Very fortunate to grow up in a travel orientated family. In 2014 I was fortunate to have the opportunity to become an exchange student in Denmark for 1 year which changed my life and taught me so much about another culture and lifestyle. I also got to travel extensively through Europe visiting many awesome countries along the way. I really enjoy visiting new places whether it be Domestic or International and exploring what our world has to offer.
Favourite destination: I have more than one. Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Absolutely love Scandinavia could go back 100’s of times. Love the lifestyle, people, weather, culture, food, languages and architecture along with that Viking spirit that greets you as soon as you touch down.
Next trip: Place I would like to visit next - Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland, Poland, Estonia or Eastern Europe.
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