When did you start working in the travel industry?
I began my career in travel from the early age of 14 when I used to volunteer in a local travel agency to gain some work experience. After leaving school I joined a local agency and worked my way to branch manager. After a few years gap to have my two children I returned on a part time basis until 1999 when I returned full time. Although I have spent most of my career in different agencies I have had the opportunity to work for a few months with a leading cruise line.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I am passionate about travel and hence I just love to go on holiday, as many times as I possibly can!
Where would you like to visit next?
I have booked to go to Thailand next year for two and a half weeks to do a bit of exploring. I am visiting Khao Lak, Elephant hills jungle safari, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Bangkok. Very excited!
What has been your favourite holiday, which you have booked for a customer, that you would love to take yourself?
I have booked an extensive itinerary for some customers that were travelling all over New Zealand with stopovers in Hong Kong, Fiji, Hawaii and San Francisco. I think I might have to wait a while for this one !
What is your dream holiday destination?
My dream holiday destination would be to do a safari in South Africa as I would love to see the big 5 in the wild!
Sarah's Top Travel Tips for a cruise holiday
I always ask my customers what they are looking for in a cruise. Some people want lots of entertainment, others base their cruise around the itinerary, some just want a small and intimate ship and of course for some people it might be all about the food. It is therefore really important to find the right cruise ship and operator for every individual to maximise their enjoyment.
I guess my favourite destinations would be Sandals in Grenada. It's a very beautiful island with stunning beaches, waterfalls and of course the rum distilleries. The local people are so very genuine and happy and always made me feel so welcome.