Travel Industry Experience: 2018 will mark 30 Years in Carefree Travel
Favourite Hotel: Actually very close to Home – Solis Lough Eske Donegal Town
Favourite Destination: West Coast USA, Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya
On my Bucket List: Small ship cruise down the Croatian Coast line , Treking Holiday in Austian Alps,
Wilderbeest Migration in Tanzania, Boat trip on Canal du Midi Languedoc France…..
My thoughts by Mark Twain – Twenty Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that your didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe
harbour catch the tradewinds in your sails explore, dream, discover.
Travel Industry Experience: I have worked in Carefree Travel now 16 years
Favourite Hotel: Oh It’s so hard just to pick one, The Oyster Box in South Africa, The Chedi Muscat and Kuramathi in the Maldives are my top 3
Favourite Holiday Destination: It would definitely have to be the Maldives closely followed by South Africa
On My Bucket List: My bucket list is never ending - Thailand, Alaska, Canada, Cuba, Croatia, the list goes on
From hostels to the luxury hotels of Arabia, from backpacking through Europe to snorkelling with
turtles in the Maldives, I truly have some amazing memories from travelling and working abroad! I
spent one summer working in Disneyland Paris and magical is the only word to describe it. I have
visited the majority of the European cities while backpacking with friends, a wonderful eye opening
adventure. Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy are all favourites of mine – the coastline of the
Amalfi Coast is breath taking. Further afield I have enjoyed a trips to New York, Florida, Muscat,
Dubai, Maldives and South Africa – meeting locals, experiencing the local culture and sampling the
local specialities are a must on any trip I take.
Travel Industry Experience; 15 yrs in Travel Tourism and Hospitality Industries, I’ve visited Spain, Italy, France, Austria, South America and Australia
Travel/Favourite Hotel; Europe is my Favourite choice of destination, the culture, food (especially the food!), people and history draw me back again and again. The sheer choice of fabulous short City breaks is endless. The town of Cesky Krumlov is a little gem, beyond picturesque and most definitely worth a day trip if you’re visiting the beautiful city of Prague, also the rail system is clean, efficient and great fun!
The Austrian Tyrol is jaw-droppingly beautiful, it’s all about the scenery and with plenty of hiking opportunities on your doorstep to walk off all the tasty food and amazing Sacher Torte! Winter and Summer gives you two very different holidays. Italy is a sightseers and food lovers paradise (Notice the food theme?) From the cool, calm lakes in the North and the awe-inspiring Sorrento and Amalfi Coast to the South, which by coincidence is the magical location of my favourite boutique hotel…The Hotel Mediterraneo, Sant Agnello. Set upon a seaside cliff overlooking the sparkling blue azure sea on the Sorrentine Peninsula, it’s only a kilometre from the centre of Sorrento and the private garden awakens the senses with citrus and palm trees. It’s an ideal spot for touring the Amalfi coast, Pompeii, and Herculaneum.
The most beautiful beach I’ve ever been on was on the little Island of Margarita off the coast of Venezuela…El Yaque….pure, soft white sand with the clearest blue sea.
Bucket List; The West coast of Canada is top of my long list with a little trip on the Rocky Mountaineer(well-known for the fabulous food!) and maybe if I’m good, a quick Alaskan cruise!....
Travel Industry Experience: 2 years working in travel industry with Carefree Travel; group event management for Ireland, UK & Abroad and also under-taking marketing and administration duties. Interest started from studying travel and tourism at BTEC Level 3 and hospitality and tourism management at Foundation degree – both at South West College, Enniskillen.
Finalist for NI Travel News 2016 Travel & Tourism Student of the year
Finalist for Student Management Potential Award with the Institute of Hospitality (NI Branch) Janus
Awards for Professionalism.
Favourite Hotel: I’m split between the 4* Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Wisconsin because it reminds me of my internship with Milwaukee Irish Fest and the 4* AR Diamante Beach Hotel & Spa in Costa
Blanca because the location of the hotel was perfect and their spa was amazing.
Favourite Holiday Destination: Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote – it just has everything you need for a fantastic holiday. I went there for the first time in June 2017. I achieved my PADI Level One Scuba Diver Certificate with Manta Diving, visited Rancho Texas and watched a movie at the Starlight Open-air Cinema along with of course experiencing the wide range of restaurants and cocktail bars.
On My Bucket List: Universal Studios Orlando, Kuramathi Maldives, Las Vegas, New York City (preferably at Christmas time), Iceland & so much more!
Travelling opens you to so many opportunities such as experiencing different cultures and meeting new people but also promotes personal growth, contributes to the realisation of aspirations,
development of new-found skills – not to mention the numerous health benefits.
Travel Industry Experience: 27 years in retail travel recent winner of Travel Trade Gazettes Secret shopper and second winner from Carefree Travel of NI travel consultant of the year (2000)
Favourite Hotel: 5* Princesa Yaiza and 5* Iberostar Anthelia
Favourite Holiday Destination: Florida for the theme parks but Grand Cayman for the beautiful beaches
On My Bucket List: Alaska cruise and West coast of Canada
I have been abroad more than 150 times and particularly enjoy Winter sun as I love the feeling of leaving the cold weather at home and getting some sunshine and I have travelled to the Canaries
extensively and stayed in a lot of the hotels . I have been on both Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises and this is one my favourite ways of visiting several destinations on the one trip. I also enjoy
theme parks and have been to Florida and Port Aventura several times. I have also visited numerous cities and my favourite is Rome.
I have stayed in a lot of the family style properties in Spain and if I am looking a short flight one of my favourite places to visit is Majorca especially the North as the beaches are fabulous.
Travel Industry Experience: Over 3 years mainly in long haul travel
Favourite Hotel: Tsala Treetop Lodge near Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Favourite Holiday Destination: It’s a tough choice between Canada and New Zealand but I’m also partial to a cruise holiday too!
On My Bucket List: The epic Indian Pacific Train from Perth to Sydney, a food tour in India and a ski holiday
Having travelled extensively throughout the world I’ve had the opportunity to sample some amazing
cultures, landscapes and food whilst staying in all sorts of accommodation from yurts in the
Mongolian Desert, sleeper trains in Russia, tree houses in South Africa, Over water villas in Bora Bora
and some of the world’s finest cruise ships. Whilst enjoying many epic train journeys and round the
world trips I can safely say that while the end destination is the goal, in most cases the real fun is in
the adventure of getting there!
Countries Visited – 33+
Travel Industry Experience: 21 Years
Favourite Hotel: Lake Resort, Vilamoura
Favourite Holiday Destination: Menorca for families
On My Bucket List: Galapagos Islands, Iceland, San Francisco, & South Africa
Travel is a rewarding and educational experience. There will always be somewhere in the world you haven’t been, so go!
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