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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.
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 now advise occasionally on marine and travel law, and spend the rest of my time enjoying the day to day of my travel business. My business has two sides: 1) I find and book amazing holidays (and business travel offers) for my clients and 2) I coach others to set-up and run their own successful travel agency. If you would like to learn more about how you can travel and earn, contact me, or click the link 'Travel & Earn' above.
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. You can use my portal to book some things yourself - but for best results, let me do the research for you to find the best deal with our best travel price assurance across many partner providers.
To submit your holiday, destination and travel requirements, please complete my no-obligation direct enquiry form: CLICK HERE.
I will research your needs and present you with various options to suit your budget.
Alternatively, you can browse a limited number of our my offers on my travel search site by clicking 'Book travel' button below.