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20+ years of

Where did it all start...?

My career in travel started when I was age 19 and started flying as cabin crew for British Airways. Initially I operated flights to more than 20 short-haul destinations across Europe over 10 years. We spent anything from 1 to 6 nights depending on the trip construction at the time. I am forever grateful for this time in my flying career as I got to see, taste and experience European destinations that I would never have considered visiting for a holiday myself. My love of Italy, Croatia and the Greek Islands grew from there.

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The next 11+ years of my career were spent flying to many long-haul destinations such as the Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, St Lucia, Costa Rica); the east coast United States (Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale), plus Houston, Las Vegas, Cancun, Bermuda, the Maldives, Mauritius and Cape Town. I have had the pleasure of staying in some of the most stunning and luxurious hotels and resorts in the world - and I even had the privilege of undertaking hotel inspections and selection for the crew fleet.

 

Given the wonderful benefit of staff travel, for more than 20 years, I have travelled the world extensively for holidays also - to Asia (Thailand, Loas, Cambodia), Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Peking, Sydney, Tokyo, Wellington (NZ), North, South and West Africa, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, California, Canada, India. I learned to ski in 2008, and now ski every season in Europe or Whistler.

I left my (by then) part-time flying career in 2017 as, in 2014, I had studied and qualified to become a barrister. Having practised law ever since, it has become clear to me that my passion for travel and adventure is never going away! In 2019 my partner, Tim, and I learned to sail, first in a dinghy, and then we went on to do Comp. Crew and Day Skipper qualifications on a sailing yacht. Tim has also completed YachtMaster Coastal Skipper with the mileage for YM Ocean in his sights. In 2020, we bought a 52ft sailing yacht which will become our home along with our cats, Rocket & Aerial. We plan to sail to Norway in Spring 2022 and then spend 2 - 3 years in the Med. before heading off across the pond to spend a year or so in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. We then plan to pass through the Panama Canal through to the Indian Ocean.

Great Escape Travel was born from a combination of two passions - travel and outstanding customer service. My travel business is an extension of the things I love to do and share with others. It was the natural next step in my journey. Am I still a barrister? Yes. But I no longer submit to the 9 to 5 demands of a demanding full time career. I practice law on a part time basis and spend the rest of my time enjoying the day to day of my travel business. 

As a fully qualified ABTA bonded travel agent, I have agent-only access to thousands of travel offers, hotel and resort deals and options. These may be booked alone or to include ATOL protected flight options of all classes. In addition, I am able to find specialised activities and excursions, plus car hire, at your chosen destination. BUT BEST OF ALL - I can introduce you to our Travel Club...

 

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