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Want to put a face to those names you're emailing on a daily basis? We strive to provide a personalised service for our clients, so if you haven't already met your dedicated Travel Places Account Manager at a Formula One® race or Volvo Ocean Race stopover, school tour or Scout trip, this will give you a little bit of an insight.

Bob Warren
Bob Warren
Matt Warren
Matt Warren
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Beijing Paralympics – fantastic to be right at the heart of the event with the British team and their families.

Favourite City?
New York – the city has so much energy and so many good things it’s impossible to sum up in two sentences.

Favourite Hotel?
Watergate Bay, Cornwall – lots of happy memories of this hotel, it does just about everything perfectly!
Nick Warren
Nick Warren
Andy Turner
Andy Turner
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Maldives – the seaplane and speedboat were truly amazing experiences!

Favourite City?
Barcelona – it has everything, including a beach.

Favourite Travel App?
TripAdvisor, or Strava (tracks rides and runs which are effective methods of travelling)
Emily Hill
Emily Hill
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Going to Kenya for the 13th World Scout Moot. I visited 4 times in 1 year!

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am a Grade 7 in Ballet.

Essential Travel Item?
My camera is a travel essential! I use it to take photographs of all the amazing sites.
Hayley Backley
Hayley Backley
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Living in the Caribbean for 2 years working on the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies, visiting the majority of the islands!

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I have worked in the travel industry for 23 years. But took a random 2 year break when I was 20 & sold alloy wheels.

Essential Travel Item?
A picture of my son.
Kirsten Berry
Kirsten Berry
Favourite City
Helsinki - it combines both the old and the new.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I only learnt to swim 3 years ago and now I can swim like a fish!

Essential Travel Item?
My pug eye mask.
Melissa  Beadsworth
Melissa Beadsworth
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Living and working in New Zealand for the America's Cup 2002/03.

Favourite City?
San Francisco - it's multicultural, easy to navigate and has loads to do.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am the first female master bartender!
Rob Gilbert
Rob Gilbert
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Taking 250 English cricket fans to Melbourne to see England retain The Ashes in 2011!

Favourite Hotel ?
The Savoy London. I’ve yet to be invited to stay a night there. It's such a quintessential English hotel located on the iconic River Thames that encompasses what England is about.

Essential Travel Item ?
My iPhone charger. I never leave home without it!
Becky Thomas
Becky Thomas
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Camping in Kathmandu.

Favourite City?
Sydney, as I have always wanted to go there.

Favourite Airline?
British Airways because I know I am going home.
Katie Hanley
Katie Hanley
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Being on a bus from Kenya to Uganda with 6 people on just 4 seats and I had a live chicken between my legs.

Favourite City?
Sydney - everything about it! Being by the Opera House and sitting in the sun with a cocktail.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I taught Year 8 school boys the Time Warp in Kenya!
Joshua Rawles
Joshua Rawles
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Visiting New Zealand!

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I have visited 10 Downing Street.

Favourite City?
I'd probably have to say London. It makes me proud to be British - it's home.
Kelli Maplesden
Kelli Maplesden
Best Travel Experience To Date?
I won a world trip with Star Alliance, travelling in business class and visiting Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney & LA!

Favourite Airline?
Emirates, due to their great service.

Favourite Hotel?
Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi in Thailand.
Serena De Courcy
Serena De Courcy
Favourite City?
I love London! Its history, buildings and culture etc...it's alive!

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I made it to the last 100 of the Big Brother auditions!

Favourite Airline?
I have two, Virgin & Cathay Pacific. They provide great service.
Sean  Heather
Sean Heather
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Visiting New Zealand.

Favourtite City?
Christchurch, New Zealand where my wife is from.

Essential Travel Item?
My trainers!
Debbie Street
Debbie Street
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Swimming with dolphins in the Dominican Republic, even if it was in a big tank!.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I worked for a debt collectors when I lived in Australia!

Essential Travel Item?
An urn for my teabags, I always take my own.
Sally Birch
Sally Birch
Favourite City?
Salzburg - where the Sound of Music was filmed!

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am a Cub leader.

Favourite Hotel?
Wickwoods Country Club in Albourne.
Catherine Moir
Catherine Moir
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Niagara Falls was pretty spectacular!

Favourite City?
London - it's so diverse. It blends green spaces and famous history.

Favourite Airline?
Skyways - the airline has a small fleet of 16 seater planes to the Isles of Scilly!
Sandra Darlow
Sandra Darlow
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Cape Town.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I was the model launching Biotex in the 1960’s!

Essential Travel Item?
Boiled sweets to combat my ear problems on take-off and landing.
Marie Pasquale
Marie Pasquale
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Swimming with dolphins in Bermuda!.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I'm related to Joe Pasquale, the comedian and winner of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

Essential Travel Item?
Insect Repellent.
Dave Freeman
Dave Freeman
Jade Weston
Jade Weston
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Swimming & camping along the Yuba River in Nevada!

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I was a silver medalist in the World Tamburello Championships!

Favourite City?
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro. Technically probably not a city, but love the name and I'm half Serbian/Montenegrin so love the food & culture there.
Chris Burton
Chris Burton
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Travelling around Florida - it was amazing!

Favourite Airline?
BA, as I think they offer really good service.

Essential Travel Item?
My iPad and my snorkel!
Stelios Moschos
Stelios Moschos
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Visiting Latin America, Brazil / Argentina.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I enjoy playing Water Polo!

Favourite City?
Thessalonika, Greece.
James  Adams
James Adams
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Visiting West Coast Australia!

Favourite City?
Sydney - It's a clean and sunny London!

Favourite Hotel?
The Mercure in Sydney.
Emma Blurton
Emma Blurton
Best Travel Experience To Date ?
Sailing around Phuket Island in Thailand.

Interesting Fact About yourself?
I hold a private pilot’s license!

Favourite Airline?
Emirates - all so friendly on and off board with beautiful planes such as the A380 with a bar!!
Gerry Manser
Gerry Manser
Best Travel Experience To Date?
For adrenaline then The Iditarod – the last Great Race on Earth, an annual 1,200 mile Dog Sled Race between Anchorage, Alaska & Nome in the Arctic Circle!

Favourite City?
For the most perfect setting, then Sydney. For pure “buzz”, it has to be New York!

Favourite Airline?
When it comes to consistency, quality and crew attitude, then Singapore Airlines.
Matt Parkhouse
Matt Parkhouse
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Getting engaged in New Zealand.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am a black belt in Judo!

Favourite City?
Kuala Lumpur - I fell in love on a trip and visit every year for the Formula One!
Tara Aryan
Tara Aryan
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Celebrating New Years Eve/Day in Phuket, Thailand & being up close to elephants bathing in the river in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am an author by night!

Favourite City?
Washington DC - there are no high rise skyscrapers there & it is very green and full of history! The people are friendly too!
Rachel Watts
Rachel Watts
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Borneo - to see the Orangutans!

Favourite City?
Barcelona- it has the best of both worlds with a beach and a city. Interesting, fun and with some great memories!

Favourite Airline?
Emirates - good service, good food, friendly staff and comfy pillows.
John Carroll
John Carroll
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Road tripping on the South Pacific Highway in the USA with friends in a battered Ford Mustang.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
Often found in a frock during panto season!

Favourite Airline?
Virgin - I had a fantastic club lounge experience.
Steve Watson
Steve Watson
Best Travel Experience To Date?
British Lions Rugby Tour, New Zealand 2005.

Favourite City?
Cape Town - great people, good food and wine! Excellent sport and outstanding sightseeing opportunities.

Favourite Travel App?
The Travel Places App of course!
Jane Eden
Jane Eden
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Driving from Las Vegas to New Orleans.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I represented the South of England in the 100m sprint!

Essential Travel Item?
My gas powered hair straighteners.
Darren Davies
Darren Davies
Best Travel Experience To Date?
A 400 mile bus trip through Mexico.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am an active UKCC Paddlesport Coach.

Favourite Travel App?
Water Gauges – worldwide river water levels, brilliant!
Nina Thompson
Nina Thompson
Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am 13th generation Bermudian!

Favourite City?
New York City – you can leave your hotel room and not come back for hours. The city has so much to offer in terms of entertainment, food, sights and sounds.

Favourite Hotel?
Mondrian Miami. Just far enough away from the strip and the harbour side pool is to die for.
Melanie Failes
Melanie Failes
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Working with Street Scouts in Nyeri, Kenya.

Favourite City?
Nairobi, Sydney & Ubud (Bali).

Essential Travel Item?
An African Kitenge (a large cotton printed scarf). Its uses when travelling are endless and I have used mine as a scarf, a skirt, a blanket, a head scarf, a picnic blanket, a baby carrier, a shopping bag…
Sue Shapley
Sue Shapley
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Going on a safari in Kenya - fantastic!

Favourite Hotel?
La Residencia in Deia, Balearic Islands, Spain.

Essential Travel Item?
My special Aloe Vera Gel!
Gary Vaughan
Gary Vaughan
Best Travel Experience To Date?
I went snowboarding in Colorado -such an old traditional American town.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I played for the U18's England Rugby Team!

Favourite City?
New York- it’s a bigger version of London, everything is exaggerated. Great for shopping too.
Russell Talman
Russell Talman
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Six months travelling in the early 2000’s to Thailand, Australia, New Zealand & LA. Skydiving 13,000ft in Abel Tasman, NZ, amazing!

Favourite City?
Cape Town - a great place, especially the V&A Waterfront. Amazing food, great beer and a top atmosphere!

Favourite Travel App?
Golf Weather.com - essential for knowing the weather at golf courses all over the world.
Helen Cox
Helen Cox
Best Travel Experience To Date ?
18 months travelling and working around the world through Asia, Australasia, Canada & USA.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
My wedding was held at the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland!

Favourite City and Why ?
To be tired of London is to be tired of life! There is always somewhere new to discover or old to revisit.
Emma Waters
Emma Waters
Best Travel Experience To Date?
A college trip to Munich. I visited BMW World & the Olympic Park.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I have taken part in competitive first aid competitions.

Favourite Travel App?
The EasyJet app, it's really useful!
Will Von Arend
Will Von Arend
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Scuba diving in Berlize, Argentina.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I was born & grew up in Barcelona with a British mum & a German dad.

Favourite Airline?
Swiss Air - they give lots of chocolate!
Mary Bloomfield
Mary Bloomfield
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Attending a friend’s wedding in Colombia.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
Recently on BBC6 Music with Lauren Laverne choosing my favourite disco tunes!

Favourite City?
I love Barcelona for its stunning Gaudi architecture and the wonderful tapas.
Nigel Hartin
Nigel Hartin
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Feeding tiger sharks on Frasier Island at sunrise.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I am a qualified cosmetic chemist!

Favourite Travel App?
It's got to be ebookers because it's easy to use!
Martin Rowe
Martin Rowe
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Kenyan safari in the Masai Mara, saw the 'Big Five' on 1st full day out.

Favourite City?
Perth, Australia – the people are so laid back and the climate's perfect.

Travel Item?
My daughter! I try not to leave home without her.
Kimberley Bryant
Kimberley Bryant
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Bali and Australia, they are two of my favourite places in the world, snorkelling and camping in both of them was amazing!

Essential Travel Item?
Sleeping pillow and eye mask.

Favourite Hotel?
The Kahala Hotel and Resort in Oahu, Hawaii.
Leah Harris
Leah Harris
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Going to Portugal to watch the European Cross Country Championships.

Interesting Fact About Yourself?
I do a lot of running and would love to one day be a full time athlete.

Favourite Airline?
British Airways
Ellen Barrass
Ellen Barrass
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Working as a lifeguard and swim instructor for 2 months on a beautiful waterfront at Camp Takajo in the US.

Favourite Airline?
Delta Airlines because of their friendly and helpful air stewards.

Favourite Hotel?
As I have done mostly travelling, I live for AirBnB and lively hostels.
Katie Penswick
Katie Penswick
Best Travel Experience To Date?
Travelling around the Galapagos Islands and experiencing all the amazing BirdLife.

Interesting fact?
Explored the Valley of the Kings and Queens in Egypt on a bicycle.

Favourite City?
Prague in winter - just love the Eastern European architecture and winter markets.

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