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Lisa WeakleyLisa Weakley

Lisa Weakley Managing Director

Experience in travel?

Having been in the travel industry since leaving school, I really couldn't see myself doing anything else, I feel really lucky as I combine my hobby with my career. I have always had a passion for travel and made the decision to start my own travel agency in January 2010. The great thing about being a truly independent travel agent is everybody wants something different and we are in a position to provide that.

Favourite destination?

My travels have taken me to many countries, and I have lots of favourites for different reasons but one that stands out is Thailand - The land of smiles!

Why you love what you do?

I love travel and try to extend my own and my team's knowledge of new destinations every year. There's nothing better than clients returning home with tales of happy holidays and great new experiences. The nice thing is Global Independent Travel has grown organically, via repeat guests and recommendations.

Clevedon Branch

Laura ClarkeLaura Clarke

Laura Clarke Travel Consultant

Experience in travel?

I believe I am almost owed a carriage clock as I am clocking up almost 10 years of service working for my sister, who introduced me to the travel industry a decade ago! Time really does fly when you are having fun.

Favourite destination?

My favourite holiday destination is Barbados, as it's where I honeymooned with my husband 4 years ago and loved the relaxed atmosphere and sandy beaches.

Why you love what you do?

I love finding people their dream holidays, putting smiles on their faces and giving them something to look forward to! There is so much variety in my job and I love learning about destinations!

Abby IssacAbby Issac

Abby Issac Travel Consultant

Experience in travel?

I have been in the travel industry for 22 years, I started with an independent agency when I was 16. Then worked for a multiple for 13 years and have recently joined Global Independent in October.

Favourite destination?

China, I travelled solo and felt so safe. The culture really captured me and I loved the ban on social networking.

Why you love what you do?

I learn something new everyday and love listening to customer's experiences, I get a buzz out of booking someone's dream holiday.

Sheila NaishSheila Naish

Sheila Naish Business Development Manager

Experience in travel?

I have been in the travel industry for four years now and I love learning new facts and about travel all the time, but I know that anything can be answered with just a phone call to my experienced team.

Favourite destination?

Venice... for the memories I have made there.

Why you love what you do?

I love doing what I do because I get to meet new people all the time! I love making peoples holiday dreams a reality and the fact that no two days are the same, it keeps me on my toes. Job satisfaction... brilliant!

Helen Baker-gillHelen Baker-gill

Helen Baker-gill Sales Support

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Experience in travel?

I started in the travel industry in 1983 when I left school, I was on the ABTA Youth Training Scheme at the age of 16. I have worked within the travel industry for the majority of my working life and have worked in different roles including branch manager. I have travelled the world and visited many different destinations, I have also lived in Perth and Queensland, Australia for 11 years.

Favourite destination?

My favourite destination is a difficult one as I have visited so many fantastic places, Bali would probably be my favourite place.

Why you love what you do?

I love my job as I enjoy working in the travel industry, and making sure clients holidays run smoothly. There is always something new to learn and no two days are the same.

Winscombe Branch

Karen RickardsKaren Rickards

Karen Rickards Travel Consultant

Experience in travel?

I have always enjoyed travelling and am now fortunate to work in this Industry and have recently joined Global Independent Travel after working for the last 2 years in travel and tourism sector.

Favourite destination?

The Maldives has to be my favourite destination, the sunshine, white sands and clear waters can only be described as paradise.

Why you love what you do?

I love working in the travel Industry helping clients find their dream holiday as well as exploring new destinations and delivering fantastic customer service.

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