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Jessica


Jessica Cameron

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family?

I joined Peninsula Travel in 2011.

When did you know you would be a travel advisor? 

When I went on my first overseas holiday in 2005. 

Where have you travelled in the world?

USA, Canada, South America, Europe, UK, Asia and Australia. 

What is your most memorable travel moment?

Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat in Siem Reap or eating dinner at a beautiful cliff top restaurant in Santorini.

What are your favourite travel destinations?

Rocky Mountains, Canada: I love the mountains! The Rockies offer a perfect mix of nature, cities, small towns and all kinds of activities to suit everyone.

New York: even if you are not a big city person, you’ll love New York. It’s true, New York is a melting pot of history, culture and food rolled up into one huge city. I love that the city is made up of smaller boroughs and villages, each offering a totally different vibe.

Greek Islands: these beautiful islands have something to appeal to everyone, from families to couples.

What kind of travel do you love to arrange?

I love to put together really tricky flight itineraries or around the world holiday plans. I also love cruising and touring – particularly in Canada and the USA.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Meeting all of our fabulous clients … oh, and getting to travel the world!

Catinka


Catinka Saunders

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family?

I started working at Peninsula Travel in 2013.

Why did you become a travel advisor? 

I came from a completely different work background and never really felt settled. The moment I began working at Peninsula Travel I knew I had found the industry for me. I still love it just I as much as the day I started.

Where have you travelled in the world?

I have travelled to the USA, Singapore, Thailand, China and New Zealand, and will be heading to Hong Kong in September.

What is your most memorable travel moment?

Visiting the Great Wall of China was amazing. You don’t truly understand its magnificence until you are standing on it. I have always pictured it, but it well and truly surpassed my expectations. I had always imagined it to be an even pathway – boy was I wrong! It is thousands of steps and they are all different heights. Definitely don’t wear your high heels, as I did see many people doing!

What are your favourite travel destinations?

USA: there is never a dull moment wherever you are, whether you travel to California to catch the sun, Vegas for the nightlife, or New Orleans for an all-round good time, culture and music. No matter where you go it is always different.

Thailand: from cultural eye-openers to ‘drop and flop’ holidays, you can do as much or as little as you want and the people are lovely!

Australia: we often forget what is right on our doorstep. There is so much to see and do from visiting our amazing and beautiful beaches to exploring the outback.

What kind of travel do you love to arrange?

Everything from cruising, to family holidays, to Asian escapes and everything in between.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

I love being able to bring our clients’ holiday dreams to life – and throw in something they may not have thought about to make their trip really special – and then hear all about it when they come back.

Eleanor


Eleanor Gibson

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family?

I’ve been working at Peninsula Travel since 2015.

Why did you become a travel advisor? 

The travel bug took hold of me in 2013 when I travelled solo around the world for three-and-a-half months. When I came home, I just knew that I wanted to help other people see this wonderful world. When I started telling people about my travels and giving them tips and hints for their own trips, I knew that this was the job for me.

Where have you travelled in the world?

Indonesia, Vietnam, USA, England, France, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, UAE, Brazil, Argentina and Sri Lanka.

What is your most memorable travel moment?

It’s so hard to choose just one! In saying that, walking out into the middle of Iguazu Falls, with water gushing down all around me was just breath taking and something I will never forget.

What are your favourite travel destinations?

New York: there is just something about this city that sweeps you off your feet. Maybe it’s the springtime walks through Central Park, the bustling coffee shops, the sunset strolls over Brooklyn Bridge or knowing you can roam the streets all day and never get bored. There is something around every corner!

Vietnam: the people are beautiful, the food is to die for, the history is mind blowing and the culture is incredible – I would go back in a heartbeat.

South America: I think this one is my overall favourite. Everything about it was just incredible; from the colourful streets of La Boca in Buenos Aires to the beautiful Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

What kind of travel do you love to arrange?

Anything from family beach breaks to solo city escapes. I was a young first-time traveller once, so helping people with their first travel experience is always exciting.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Seeing how travel can open people’s eyes. Giving people the chance to have once in a lifetime experiences and leaving them with everlasting memories. There is nothing better than hearing people’s stories upon their return and seeing the smile on their face.

Katie


Katie Hawkins

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family? 

I’ve been with Peninsula Travel since 2007.

Why did you become a travel advisor? 

The job I had before becoming an agent involved booking elements of travel, and that gave me a taste for it. I’ve worked in travel now for 15 years and still love it!

Where have you travelled in the world? 

I travelled through Europe for a few months in my early 20s and then lived in the UK for four months (with a couple of side trips to the continent) as a newlywed. I’ve frequented Asia and the Pacific over the years, and have ticked Cape Town in South Africa, Egypt, Dubai, and several US cities off the list in between.

What is your most memorable travel moment? 

Hot air ballooning over the rock formations in Cappadocia. Turkey is one of my favourite travel memories, along with road tripping to the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town with my now husband. Viewing the tomb of King Tutankhamun was also pretty special. I’m lucky to have so many great travel moments, I’ve loved them all!

What are your favourite travel destinations?

Greek Islands: Santorini will blow your mind and be every bit as spectacular as you’d imagined and more.

Croatia: Dubrovnik is one of the prettiest old cities I’ve visited, with such a recent and traumatic history, it’s a very special place.

USA: The National Parks offer such varying and incredible landscapes, you could spend months visiting them, going from one extreme to the next. One day I was in Yosemite National Park with snow on the ground and evergreen trees and waterfalls, the next we were driving through Death Valley National Park – the hottest and driest place in North America.

What kind of travel do you love to arrange? 

I love working on tailormade itineraries for my clients, whether it’s an around the world trip, a South American adventure or two weeks in Croatia. I love investigating and ‘visiting’ each place as we go.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job? 

Travel breaks down barriers and misconceptions about people and places. It enlightens us, opens our eyes to other cultures and the way others live. And it’s fun! I love to hear the stories and help people see the world.

Ali


Ali Vivien

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family?

I began working at Peninsula Travel in January 2017.

When did you know you would be a travel advisor?

When I was 20 years old, living on the Peninsula, and thinking that it was such a beautiful part of a big world that was waiting to be explored.

Where have you travelled in the word?

Australia, Europe, the Americas, Mexico, Asia, East Africa and Canada

What is your most memorable travel moment?

Camping on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater with my mum. A zebra was grazing just outside our tent. It was a very surreal moment.

What are your top travel destinations?

New York: such an amazing city with so much diversity in the many boroughs.

Europe: so much history, amazing food and the ability to move from country to country in such little time and experience totally different cultures. France is my favourite country in Europe as my family lives there

East Africa: Mind blowing!

What kind of travel do you love to arrange?

Cruises and family adventures, because I know travel is such a great way for kids to learn so much from the world we live in.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Hearing about the unforgettable memories my clients create on their journeys.

Bridget


Bridget Fisher

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family?

I began working at Peninsula Travel in February 2017.

What is your role?

I am the receptionist at the Mount Martha branch.

Where have you travelled in the word? I was born and raised in England, so was lucky enough to have Europe on my doorstep. I have been to a few of the major beach destinations: Majorca, Portuga, Cyprus and Tenerrife, as well as Pisa, Ireland and France. Since I moved to the sunny side of the world, I have travelled to Tanzania, Fiji and Indonesia.

What is your most memorable travel moment?

Swimming in a gushing waterfall after hiking to the top of Mount Udzungwa in Tanzania – the best reward after a few hours of effort in high humidity!

What are your top travel destinations?

For adventure: Hamilton Island – there are so many activities available, and they are all within walking distance from the resort. From swimming with turtles, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, taking a boat trip over to Whithaven Beach, paragliding, hiking, or having an evening drink at the pool-side bars, it’s impossible to run out of things to do.

For culture: Tanzania – you see the world completely stripped down to its rawest form. It is completely enlightening and was such a life-changing experience for me.

For relaxation and beaches: Portugal – This is where some of my favourite childhood memories were made!

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

As the first point of contact for a lot of clients, I hear a lot of stories and gain a lot of inspiration for my own adventures! No one trip is the same, and I love learning all about the world both from our clients and the consultants.

Lauren


Lauren Butlin

How long have you been part of the Peninsula Travel family?

10 months

When was the moment you knew you would be a travel advisor?  

When I was in high school. I completed a travel course after school, then decided to move to the uk for 2 years. On my return, I began my journey as a travel agent.

Where have you travelled in the world?

UK, Most of Western Europe, Thailand, Bali, Vietnam, Maldives, Singapore, Fiji, Malaysia and most of Australia   

What is your most memorable travel moment?

Definitely my honeymoon to the Maldives. Crystal blue waters meets perfect white, soft sand

What are your top three travel destinations? 

Maldives – I think this place sells itself – so romantic. There is nothing like waking up and sitting on your overwater villa balcony looking out to the crystal blue water.

London – such a big and busy city, where there is always something to do and see

Bali – I love the people and I love the place. So many things to do from relaxing by the beach or pool, white water rafting and water sports activities, visiting the monkey forest and shopping.

 What kind of travel do you love to arrange?

Europe itineraries and Asia Escapes

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Knowing that you are fulfilling someone’s dreams and being able to provide them with a lifetime experience that they will continue to talk about forever.

Michele


Michele Saunderson

When did you join the Peninsula Travel family?

I opened Peninsula Travel in January of 2005 (as Travelscene Mt Martha). I still remember those first few days; full of anticipation, excitement and a little bit of apprehension.

Why did you become a travel advisor? 

The travel industry was an inevitable calling for me. My dad was in the navy and I grew up hearing stories of his travel to exciting ports, and gazing at his photos (and slides) of far off places like Yokohama and Gibraltar. My school books were lined with photos of the Eiffel Tower and Hong Kong Harbour. I knew I’d be travelling in some shape or form.

Where have you travelled in the world?

Being in travel for such a long time now, I’ve been lucky enough to see a lot (and yet yearn to see so much more!).   To date, I’ve travelled to Africa, the Middle East, UK & Europe, Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent, the USA, Latin America and South America.

What is your most memorable travel moment?

I have many moments. Travelling through South America with my children when they were still primary school age was a real experience (for them and me!). But, spending an hour with the gorillas of Rwanda would have to be right up there for me. We trekked for two hours and found the part of the jungle, only 40kms from the Congo, where a big family of gorillas sat to play and allowed us to watch them. The hour felt more like a minute! The silverback was a dominating force that we were in awe of, until we saw the small, two-week-old infant gorilla who took all of our breaths away. This was not only a memorable moment, but an absolute privilege.

What are your favourite travel destinations? 

It’s a shame these are only limited to the ones I’ve experienced now. I think the best ones are still to come! But if I had to choose from what I’ve experienced so far, I loved seeing Cuba before it quickly changed. I also think Florence, Italy is the only other place in the world I’d like to live outside of the Mornington Peninsula, so it’s undoubtedly a favourite. For sheer relaxation, I find it hard to beat the talcum powder sand and turquoise waters of Zanzibar or Mauritius. For a city stay, I can’t go past London – be it the fine shops of Carnaby Street or the punk of Camden, I love London.

What kind of travel do you love to arrange?

Get off the beaten track and you have my full attention! I will jump on board and give 100 per cent to anywhere in the world you want to explore, but when you start talking about dog-sledding through the snow and overnighting in an igloo or training through the land of Genghis Khan and laying down to rest in a yurt, well, then it’s like I’m Elton John and you’ve just dragged me into the Cartier shop to show me the latest range of watches!

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Without a doubt, it’s the people I have the privilege of working alongside. My staff are amazing not just because they do their jobs very well and with precise expertise, but because they really care about our clients and that resonates for me. In my eyes, they are the best in their league and I’m proud to have them all as part of the Peninsula Travel family.