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Our Team

Kathy Granger - Owner/Manager, Burnie and Smithton Travelcentres 

Places visited: Antarctica, Thailand, Fiji, Indonesia, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Ireland, Spain, Croatia, Montenegro, Hong Kong, Cambodia, NZ, USA, Canada, Netherlands and Dubai.

Favourite travel destination: Africa.

Why? The people and of course the wildlife.

Travel tips: On a cruise, wear your tightest clothes first as your outfits will progressively become tighter as you indulge in the many options available. As a general rule, let us do the worrying, you just enjoy your holiday.

When I go on holiday, the first thing I pack is: Passport, tickets, itinerary and travel insurance. 

The best thing about my job is: Making peoples dreams come true. "Your holiday begins the moment you walk into the store” is my motto. I am a veteran traveller and am passionate about customer service and making your experience as enjoyable as possible.

Most memorable travel experience: There have been so many, but I will always remember my first game safari in Africa, and sitting in an Irish pub listening to the local music jam session. 

My dream holiday: Anywhere! There are always new places to go, new things to see and new people to meet. 

Burnie Travelcentre

Carrie Williams -Branch Manager

Places visited: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, USA (California & New York), Canada West Coast, Hawaii, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Bali, Hong Kong, Macau.

Favourite travel destination: London.

Why? It’s a great contrast between the new and upcoming and the old and classic.

Travel tips: Take Wet Wipes everywhere you go. You never know when you’re going to need them.

When I go on holiday, the first thing I pack is: Passport.

The best thing about my job is: Nothing is ever the same.

Most memorable travel experience: Dog sledding in Canada.

My dream holiday: Every Holiday is a Dream Holiday! 

Catherine Segger - Travel Consultant


Places visited: Italy, France, Spain, Slovakia, Portugal, Germany, Morocco, UK, Finland, Sweden, South Korea, Greece, Belgium, Hungary, Argentina, Chile, Switzerland, Egypt and Jordan.     

Favourite travel destination: Greece.

Why? Love the beaches, the food, how friendly the people are and the good vibes there.

Travel Tips: Always have travel insurance. Buy a sim card at your destination airport, as it's always handy to have a working mobile.

When I go on holiday, the first thing I pack is: Medicine, to avoid any awkward situations in a foreign country. 

The best thing about my job is: Helping people plan their dream holiday.

Most memorable travel experience: 10 days in Santorini with my partner. It was a beautiful, relaxing, romantic holiday.

My dream holiday: A romantic getaway to a beach destination (Hawaii, Greece, Maldives, etc).
 

Jess Templeton - Travel Consultant


Places visited: United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Monaco, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Netherlands, Brussels, Morocco, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, United States, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia (Not Just Bali!), Cambodia, South Africa, Maldives, Fiji, New Zealand.    

Favourite travel destination: Toss up between Morocco and Egypt.

Why? Food, the People, Markets, History, Culture.. Oh and the food!, 

Travel Tips: Go with an open mind! Expect the unexpected and of course have fun and enjoy it.

The best thing about my job is: Helping people plan their dream holiday trips, seeing the excitement when it all starts coming together.

Most memorable travel experience: Too many to pinpoint an exact one but I have been lucky enough to experience New Year in New York, London and Krakow. Getting my bum slapped on my birthday in Marrakech, cruising down the Nile on a Felucca, skiing in Lake Tahoe …. And so many more!

My dream holiday: It has been on my bucket list for years …. Trans Mongolian Railway!
 

Donna Kirkland - Administration Officer

Places visited: Cruise of the South Pacific Islands (Noumea, Isle of Pines), Sri Lanka, Maldives & South Africa.

Favourite travel destination: Cape Town, South Africa.

Why? Spectacular waterfront city...To the safari drives. Pictures do not do these places justice. Seeing real animals in the wild - AMAZING!! Could do it all again tomorrow and I don't think I would tire of this.

When I go on holiday, the first thing I pack is: My passport.

The best thing about my job is: It is not really a job. I love what I do and the staff - seeing all the new travel destinations and what is on offer. Where to next is the only decision.

Most memorable travel experience: Seeing the majestic giraffes up so close and the baby elephants having a tussle. Could sit and watch them all day. Visiting a school in South Africa was very heart warming and brings you back to earth on what we have and very little they have but they are so happy and giving. 

My dream holiday: Canada and Alaska, one day when I have the time to go and explore for longer.

Smithton Travelcentre 

Fiona Blizzard - Branch Manager

Places visited: Canada, USA, Finland, UK, Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, and most of Australia. 

Favourite travel destination: Switzerland and Austria 

Why? The scenery is absolutely beautiful. 

Travel tips: Be prepared for the unexpected.

When I go on holiday, the first thing I pack is: My passport.

The best thing about my job is: Getting excited with our clients whilst planning their dream holiday.

Most memorable travel experience: Holidays are what you make them. Engage with the people around you and lose yourself in the moment and you will have a wonderful time. 

My dream holiday: Everywhere new is a dream, so long as I am with the ones I love, it will be a great time.

Sarah Walsh - Travel Consultant


Places visited: Bali, southern USA (Georgia, Nashville and Florida), New Caledonia (Noumea, Isle of Pines and Lifou), Thailand (Phuket and Similian Islands) and most of the east coast of Australia.

Favourite travel destination: Loved Bali! Will take my family back there soon. 

Why? I went on a work famil, so it was great to relax and be chauffeured around. Balinese people are so eager to help and very welcoming. 

Travel tips: Take travel insurance out as soon as you book your holiday. 

When I go on holiday, the first thing I pack is: Bathers, I love swimming so try to get a swim in whenever I’m away. 

The best thing about my job is: Seeing the excitement on clients faces when I tell them I can organise their whole holiday. It's stress free and if anything goes wrong I can fix it.
 
Most memorable travel experience: Flying to the USA to see our daughter. She was working in Georgia for two years as a nanny, and it was so great to finally hug her and be tourists as she showed us around Atlanta and other places.
 
My dream holiday: Cruising the South Pacific. Beautiful blue waters, sunny weather, lots of swimming, what more could you want?

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