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I have been involved with the travel industry for all my working life and in the last 12 years have turned to travel writing and lifestyle blogging. I regularly contribute to http://www.silvertraveladvisor.com and http://sixtyandme.com

I started my career straight from school by joining a local travel agency in Eastbourne. My very experienced manager taught me the basics and gave me an enthusiasm for travel that I have never lost. After a couple of years of rigorous training and a few trips abroad I realised that I wanted to specialise in airline work. I applied to Pan Am and got a job as a reservations clerk and made the big move to London. I soon found out that fare construction and ticketing was more interesting than taking phone calls.

After a spell with Continental Airlines when my children were small, I joined direct sell long haul operator Tropical Places in 1990 and stayed with the company for 10 years eventually becoming Operations Manager. During this time I was lucky enough to travel extensively throughout the Caribbean, Far East and Kenya. Away from work I spent holidays with my family and enjoyed exploring European resorts and cities.

In 2003 I was ready for a change of pace and had the chance to source holiday prizes for Take A Break magazine. This led to writing and researching travel features for a selection of Take A Break titles, travel websites and assorted consumer magazines. I have also participated in BBC Radio York Travel Interview and in 2006 I won the Visit USA award for best consumer magazine feature.

Image 1From October 2011 until January 2017  I took on the UK sales of Gamewatchers Safaris, http://www.porini.com/ an incredibly successful safari business based in Nairobi and run by my old friend Jake Grieves-Cook. Jake needed someone to answer email enquiries from all over the world and kindly asked me. It was a steep learning curve, but I loved every minute.

When time permits I continue to travel whenever and wherever I can with my husband. We like to seek out lesser known areas of popular destinations and to stay in small family run hotels. It gives me great pleasure to recommend somewhere that we have enjoyed so that others can share the experience.

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Joni waiting for a taxi in London – June 2015

In 2014 I became a Guide Dog puppy walker and after successfully training Joni, a beautiful black labrador, I continued with number 2 – Sable, see my blog for monthly updates.

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