Sydney, NSW, Australia
My first memory of travel
When I was about 12 years old, my family took a holiday to New Zealand. My parents, my brother, my sister and I spent about 2-3 week traveling all over both North and South Islands and as a kid, it was so amazing. We went up north to the beaches in the Bay of Islands and went walking all over Franz Josef Glacier. This was back in the days when you didn’t have to take a helicopter to the top and you could just start walking up the glacier without a guide. It’s amazing to see how much the country has changed over the last few decades.
My first trip abroad
This would have been my family trip to New Zealand. Aside from that, when I was about 19 I lived in Las Vegas for six months or so – just to see what it was all about. I went on and lived in Jamaica for a while in my early 20’s. I couldn’t work – but I got to just hang out and live the life in the Caribbean for a while. It was incredible.
Adelaide, Alice Springs, Uluru. Also took my kids up to Tropical North Queensland and a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. While in the area, we also did a Grub’s Trike Tour where you have a driver and two can sit on the back of the trike. We went ziplining in the rainforest, hugged a koala and had an amazing lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge. All are some of my favorite things to do when in this part of Australia.
My favorite place to travel
For me, it’s Japan. I love everything about it. The people, the culture, the sushi, the food – I don’t get too crazy with the food, but when I’m there I can’t get enough sushi. I actually lived in Japan for two years when working for an Australian dance company and traveled all over from Sendai to Fukushima to Kominato.
My dream vacation
I can’t think of just one – I just want to travel the world! As much as I’ve traveled, I really haven’t seen much of Europe. I’ve done England, Portugal and a Mediterranean cruise, but I’ve never done Paris, Rome or any of the other typical European places.
My ultimate survival bag for international flights includes
Socks, and compression socks are even better to prevent your feet from getting swollen while in the air for such a long time. I always pack a book – but I never open the front page. I’ll just watch movies to pass the time. Face moisturizer is always a good thing to have on hand.
My travel tips to make a long flight seem not quite as long
Watch movies and sleep when you can. The wine doesn’t hurt either.
My favorite destination we sell
Australia – the entire country. It’s such a beautiful country, it’s my homeland and there are so many special unique experiences. Personally, I love the Tiwi islands just off the top end of Darwin. You take a small plane out of Darwin and over the strait to do a day trip to the islands. It’s such a great experience.
My best travel advice
Pack lightly. You’re on the go a lot and the last thing you want is to be dragging around a ton of luggage. Also, embrace the differences along the way! Keep an open mind and enjoy your time in a new land, it will enhance the experience for sure.
If I weren't in the travel industry, I would be busy making a living doing
I don’t know! I can’t even imagine doing anything other than travel. If I had to choose, I would most likely be doing something either working with children or something with health and fitness.
I fell in love with travel
I’ve always loved travel for as long as I can remember. The more places I visited, the more I realized there’s even more out there in the world to see. Travel really opens your eyes to how massive this world is and how much there is out there to explore.
What I love most about my job
I love knowing that a client’s trip is going to exceed their expectations and be even more amazing than they realize when they depart. I love giving them the unique experiences or a trip that they wouldn’t be able to do themselves.
My happy place
The beach – any beach! I particularly love some of the amazing beaches we have in Australia, but I just love being on the sand and near the ocean.
My favorite travel companion
Anyone who is low key and laid back traveler.
I'd love to take a trip with
Anyone who likes to have fun!
What I do when I'm not at work
If I’m not at work, I try to get to the gym or go to Zumba. I try to get out to take my little dog for a walk every day. The rest of the time busy being mom taxi!