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Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Western Australia from Margaret River to Broome // International – Italy and Provence in France.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Alhambra Palace in Granada Spain and a visit to Petra in Jordan.
Favourite Family Holiday destination: Skiing in Vail and Aspen in Colorado. Visiting the Gorillas in Uganda
Favourite Activity: Snow skiing, sun, sea and wining and dining
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Thailand
Top Travel Tip: Plan your days and activities prior to leaving on your trip and pre book your accommodation ahead of time. Being flexible can waste too much time working out what you will do each day while travelling. If you are going to a place that is extremely popular book a private tour with an early start and get ahead of the crowds. If time allows give yourself an extra day just to wander, sit by the pool or shop. Always try and give back to the community in places that you visit.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: On arrival go for a long walk and get your bearings, book a massage for later in the day, drink plenty of water and try and get an early night and adjust to the time zone
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Sighting the gorillas in Uganda, sailing into Venice on a cruise ship, staying at Rambagh, Palace Jaipur India, arriving into the Vail Village at dusk – it’s like Christmas every time.
Where to next? Uganda to visit my son and his wife and my grandchildren and then I will go anywhere… I just love to travel
Motto: Take only memories, leave only footprints – Chief Seattle, leader of the Duwamish native American people.
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Kakadu // International – Too many fabulous destinations to choose from.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Early access and behind the scenes at the Vatican. Day tour from Ibiza to Formentera – enjoying a sun filled day of good food, wine and ocean views you will never forget.
Favourite Family Holiday destination: African safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Skiing in Jackson Hole.
Favourite Activity: Kayaking in the Highlands of Scotland, seeing the Northern Lights from horse drawn carriage, hot air ballooning over the Serengeti.
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: One and Only Maldives, Four Seasons Bora Bora Tahiti
Top Travel Tip: Book a tailor-made experience that is designed especially for you! Whether you are traveling alone or with family, booking a private tour allows you an opportunity to gain access to areas that are unobtainable if booked online. Giving back to communities that you visit is always high on my agenda.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Spoil yourself and book a spa or massage treatment on arrival to help overcome jet lag. When travelling home always try to enjoy a healthy and hearty breakfast prior to getting on a flight.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Climbing Huayna Picchu in South America. Hiring a private gulet and sailing the dalmatian coastline with my family, memories that we will share for a lifetime.
Where to next? Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and when the borders further open ANYWHERE! I will be ready with my bags packed.
Motto: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” Confucius
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – For fun you can’t go past Sydney, for nature there is nothing like Kakadu National Park // International – How does one choose?! New York and Italy would be top of my list.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Two of my favourites were exploring Havana, Cuba in an old Chevy convertible and walking through the Medina and souks of Morocco.
Favourite Family Holiday destination: Italy, there is something for everyone here, culture, history, beaches, mountains, lakes, amazing food, wine, people and the list goes on……
Favourite Activity: Eating! Travel is all about immersing yourself in the culture of a destination, including its food!
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Kamalaya Koh Samui is on my wish list!
Top Travel Tip: Research your restaurants and book one in each destination before you go. There are seriously some amazing restaurants on this earth, make sure you include a fine dining one, one the locals frequent, a casual one and one that is the “in” new place in town! Always book at least one private tour. These experiences are priceless, the knowledge you gain with a local guide is beyond anything you will find online. Having them to yourself allows flexibility for you to explore what interests you and you can ask as many questions as you like!!
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Always allow yourself a day of relaxation especially towards the end of your trip so you don’t come home needing a holiday! Whether this is ending the trip in a beach destination, spending the day reading a book, or booking in a day of spa treatments, you will thank yourself when you arrive home refreshed.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Game drives whilst on safari in Africa. The thrill of the chase to find the BIG 5 is exhilarating, but when you do spot one and sit and watch them in their natural habitat, that is beyond words.
Where to next? My list is endless!
Motto: “To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Lord Howe island // International – The Antarctic
Favourite Day Tour Experience: In Egypt a day tour of Luxor that included Tombs at Valley of Kings and Queens, tour with curator of Mummification Museum to finish with Private night tour of Karnak Temple. Just magical!
Favourite Family Holiday destination: Hawaii to chill – any of the islands but particularly Maui and Kauai, and Sri Lanka for culture and relaxation
Favourite Activity: Kayaking in the Antarctic and Amazon Rainforest
Favourite Healthy Holiday: Rancho la Puerta, Mexico
Top Travel Tip: Always book a good local guide for the first day – don’t skimp as they are an invaluable tool and set you up for your visit to that destination
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Try to book a massage or spa treatment in your hotel room or villa, the day before you are due to travel home – ensures a good night sleep and that you are relaxed for the journey
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Too many to choose – Climbing Huayna Picchu in Peru, being the first visitor for the day to enter Taj Mahal – spiritually breathtaking, witnessing the Northern Lights from Lofoten islands in Norway, canalling down Canal du Midi in France and experiencing the local vineyards along the route, Komodo Dragons on the Star Clipper.
Where to next? 2021 brings the Arctic, Iceland and Polar Bear sighting
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Far North Queensland // International – if I have to pick I would say Italy.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Private tour of Pompei really brought it alive. In Rome our private tour of the Vatican Museums allowed us to bypass the huge queue that had already formed early in the morning.
Favourite Family Holiday destination: For my little family (my partner and I), my most recent hiking adventure in the Swiss Alps had it all.
Favourite Activity: Mountain hiking – there is something very special about being in the mountains whether it be the Himalayas, The Dolomites in Italy, Switzerland. A close second is also on the mountains – skiing and favourite destination is Aspen.
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Lizard Island
Top Travel Tip: In cities where I want to see it all but might have limited time, I always make a list of the absolute must do / cannot miss attractions prior to my arrival and have excursions scheduled. For some of those popular attractions a tour that gives you priority entry is great, and where budget allows a private tour is fantastic. I always research my restaurants before I go and have reservations in place for at least one or two on my list.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Don’t leave planning and packing until the last minute and avoid high stress levels. Pack lightly. Drinking plenty of water and eating smaller meals en route may minimise jet lag. I always have a facial hydrating mist in my handbag which I use throughout the flight. Sometimes jet lag is unavoidable so if possible, I don’t plan any of my ‘must do activities’ for the first day.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Antarctica was a life changing experience and kayaking with hump back whales so close I could almost touch them will stay with me forever.
Where to next? Three Capes in Tasmania, The Kimberley and further afield Scotland and Wales to trace some family history (and hiking of course!!)
Motto: Curiosity didn’t kill the cat
Favourite Destinations: Tuscany region in Italy for spring/summer, Park City, Utah in USA for winter.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: A Kinabatangan river safari through the rainforest jungle of Borneo with sightings of orangutans, pigmy elephants, snakes, monkeys and more.
Favourite Family Holiday destination: Skiing in the French Alps.
Favourite Activity: Hiking at Yosemite National Park and taking in the incredible views of the mountain ranges, rock formations and beautiful water falls.
Favourite Beach Holiday: Sailing around the Great Barrier Reef with stops at the Whitsundays, pristine beaches and little hidden bays for the most amazing swim and snorkel experiences.
Top Travel Tip: Talk to locals for the best tips, tricks, stories, hidden gems and to learn more about the destination from their perspective.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: During a long-haul flight with stop(s) along the way, have a shower at the airport at one of the stops and put on some different clothes as a nice refresher for the next leg.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand surrounded by seals, dolphins and penguins. Swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura in New Zealand.
Where to next? Top of my list is South Africa for a combination of wildlife safaris, hiking and wineries. More realistically in the current situation, road trip through SA – Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Ranges, Barossa Valley.
Motto: Travel is the one thing you buy that makes you richer.
Favourite Destinations: Australia – Tasmania for walks and wineries or Queensland for the beaches // International – Peru for the amazing history, food and culture.
Favourite Day tour experience: Snorkelling with Turtles in Mauritius, Machu Picchu with my family, jetboat down Thames in London was lots of fun, watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat away from the crowds.
Favourite family Holiday Destination – Relaxing in the Maldives with snorkelling and fishing, or a South African Safari
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday – One and Only Mauritius, Four Seasons Costa Rica, Four Seasons Maldives
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Sunset over the Atacama Desert, tuna fishing in Mozambique, exploring the caves of Goreme Turkey
Top Travel tip: Private tailor-made experiences especially when travelling with the family often allow access to restricted areas, maximises time and allows guides to bring the activity alive. For example, flying kites on the Great Wall of China with my boys helped bring this excursion to life, and underground access to the Colosseum in Rome gives you the perspective of the gladiators looking up at the stadium.
Where to next? Ningaloo Reef, WA
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Palm Cove // International – Africa, South America, Bhutan
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Hiking to Tigers Nest in Bhutan and Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, Peru.
Favourite Activity: Dog and reindeer sledding and ski-dooing in Finnish Lapland. Trekking to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: COMO Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos.
Top Travel Tip: Always arrange an arrival transfer at your destination. Scan a copy of your passport, any visas, and any debit/credit cards you’re traveling with. Password protect the documents, and email a copy of them to yourself and to a family member. Carry your own sanitised wipes.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Nothing says self-care more than a professional, full-body massage at your hotel.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Trekking to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. Being paddled across Rabaul Harbour, Papua New Guinea by local villagers in their outrigger canoes and walking around the old lava flow.
Where to next? Broome and The Kimberley or anywhere my passport will take me!
Motto: It is better to see something once, than to hear about it a thousand times.
Favourite Destinations: Australia: Byron Bay // International: Verbier, Switzerland
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Private sundowners tour with hippo hunting, bush bashing and lion cub spotting in Okavango Delta, Botswana
Favourite Family Holiday destination: Queenstown New Zealand
Favourite Activity: Snow skiing in Swiss and French alps.
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Kamalaya Health & Wellness Retreat Koh Samui
Top Travel Tip: Lay out your packing on the bed, halve it, but double your money!
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Plan for evening departures on long haul flights to maximise sleep.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: First tracks skiing back powder bowls of Vail with blues skies after heavy snow falls.
Where to next: Kangaroo Island SA, but anywhere outside Melbourne will be fine!
Motto: Travel broadens the mind and lengthens your conversations. Don’t tell me how much you have bought, tell me how much you have travelled!
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – South Australia; great beaches, fabulous wineries, Opera in the Outback, so many great spots to explore. International – Europe; such a small area but vast differences in culture, landscape and languages.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: tour of Helsinki including the president’s residence, open to the public during summer holidays.
Favourite Family Holiday destination : Dolomites, Italy – great skiing and the best hot chocolate!
Favourite Activity: Hiking – as a Slovene, I must climb a mountain if there is one on the horizon.
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
Top Travel Tip: Stay an extra night; to really get to know a destination, you need time to browse the shops, find your favourite cafe or park bench. Use public transport and meet the locals. It may be out of the comfort zone at the time, but a great local adventure to tell your friends about.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Get into shape before your trip. When travelling, you walk more, and we Australians almost always end up with Jet lag.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: There are so many. Watching the midnight sun above a fjord in Norway set behind a mountain and appear again a minute later as a sunrise is one of them..
Where to next? Peru. The country has such a variety of landscapes and cultures.
Motto : “Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands.” Richard Francis Burton
Sarah Anne Russell
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Noosa – It ticks so many boxes for a successful relaxing beach holiday as it has great restaurants, beautiful shops, a stunning beach, the Noosa National Park and a short day trip to my favourite Zoo, Australia Zoo which is a great fun family day trip. International – Incredibly hard to pick just one place but I do love big cities and exploring them for days. By far my favourite cities to date would be New York City, Paris & Amsterdam.
Favourite Day Tour Experience: Our private tour guide ?Lucky? that we had during our time in Siem Reap was fantastic. He was with us all day long and besides being one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever met he made our honeymoon and time in the city so memorable from organising a private Buddhist wedding ceremony and getting us the most amazing uncrowded spot for sunrise at Angkor Wat.
Favourite Family Holiday Destination: I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to far with my young family just yet however I am looking forward to getting to a beautiful family beach resort in Fiji or Thailand one day with my girls that has a great kids club and a great spa for my hubby and I. Favourite Activity: Everything about a snow holiday and all the fun activities that go with this type of adventuress holiday such as Snowboarding, Skiing, Tobogganing, Zip Lining, Snowmobiling and Dog Sledding. The list goes on!
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Song Saa Cambodia and Six Senses Yao Noi Thailand.
Top Travel Tip: If you have a tour or a specific sight in a city that you want to see get your travel advisor to pre-book it for you. You don’t want to miss out and standing in a long queue for half a day when you have limited time in a destination is never ideal. Book ahead and plan.
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Have your travel advisor help you in researching the perfect wellness holiday to best suit your needs. You may want total relaxation and spa all day or a wellness holiday to focus on a specific health aspect such as healing or exercise. With so many options out there it can be overwhelming and your advisor is the key to help you plan the perfect wellness experience.
Most Memorable Travel Experience: That would be like picking my favourite cheese and I love cheese far too much to do that! I feel as though every travel experience I have had has been unique and memorable for so many reasons. Whether I have travelled for work, with family or friends I love every part of traveling and make sure I make the most of every travel experience I go on not matter how basic or luxurious it is.
Where to next? Close to home next I think and probably Queensland during Melbourne’s winter to get some sun and then once my girls are older I cannot wait to explore the world with them and go on so many adventures and make memories for them to cherish.
Motto : “Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before”- Dalai Lama
Favourite Destinations: In Australia – Central Australia // International – London, UK
Favourite Day Tour Experience: A private tour of Oxford University
Favourite Family Holiday destination: California and Krabi, Thailand
Favourite Activity: Lunch in a Bedouins tent in Morocco
Favourite Beach Spa Holiday: Four Seasons Langkawi, Vomo Island Fiji
Top Travel Tip: Book hotel club lounge access if available and an arrival transfer after a long flight
Top Travel Wellness Tip: Make sure you include down time in your itinerary to experience the local pace of life
Most Memorable Travel Experience: Trekking in the Himalayas, Nepal
Where to next? Milford Track in New Zealand. My bucket list destination is Norway to see the Northern Lights