About Alicia

I joined the travel industry 25+ years ago and am amazed at how the time has flown by! I enjoy sampling the different and varied food one can find around the world - and what could be nicer than pairing it with local wines. I like fun experiences - stroking an orangutang in Borneo, riding camels (Turkey and Morocco) and elephants (India & Zambia), swimming with a whale shark (Exmouth), hot air ballooning (Napa Valley & Cappadocia) and scenic helicopter flights (Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon). Mauritius, Turkey, Japan, Morocco, France have offered many highlights too numerous to list here. I am a Tour de France tragic and hope one day to use 4 wheels to top all the famous climbs.

As the years have progressed the cruising side to travelling has begun to appeal more and more (it's so relaxing), but I also still enjoy independent travel and love the experience of beautiful hotels and the excellent service and attention one receives. In the past few years I have had North America high on my list to visit as my son is now based in San Francisco and I find a lot of times the journey ends with a detour to somewhere in the USA/Canada. I have tried to incorporate some less visited areas such as Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and the Utah National Parks. Europe remains my passion. I was fortunate to spend some time in Sicily and able to soak up the history and enjoy the countryside, small trattorias, and local cuisine.

I love to plan and create exciting holidays and itineraries for my clients. It is hard to pick a favourite as I enjoy both city and country visits. To choose a favourite between London, Paris, New York, Rome is too difficult as they all have their special charm and wonderful memories. Always worth going back to!

I am passionate about getting it right and like to collect a lot of insider information from satisfied and happy clients. My aim is to give my clients the best, trouble-free travel experience for any of their holidays - whether long in depth visits or short term breaks, every holiday must count as one of the best. Delivering a journey where all the connections run smoothly is the highest priority. I also enjoy the challenge of creating special individualised itineraries for my clients and will go to great lengths to make it perfect.

Outside of work, I enjoy walking, the theatre, opera, symphony concerts and try every year to win seats to the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Eve Concert. One day it will happen!

Previous experience

Orbit World Travel 2015-2021
Trendsetter Travel& Cruise Centre 2011-2015
Jetset Travel Chatswood 2004-2011
American Express Travel Chatswood 1997-2004
National World Travel Chatswood 1995-1997

Areas of specialty

Family travel
Food & wine
Independent travel
Leisure travel
Luxury travel


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