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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

Geoff PookGeoff Pook

Geoff Pook Branch Manager

Experience in travel?

It's probably easier to say that travel has changed a lot since I first started in the industry, but one thing that has remained core, is the service you provide will always outweigh technology. In years I am closing in on 30 years!

Favourite destination?

Barbados - So friendly, and with a relaxed feel to the island. Great hotels and beaches and a bus journey on the reggae bus is a must for any visitor.

Why you love what you do?

The enjoyment you get from a customer putting their faith in you to find their ideal holiday, and then upon their return, coming in to thank you for a great experience never dulls. To me the service an independent agent provides, cannot be matched by an internet search.

Kerry BastoneKerry Bastone

Kerry Bastone Travel Consultant

Experience in travel?

I have worked as a travel consultant for the last 2 years, but have been involved in tourism for many years with working and owning hotels in and out of the UK, but my knowledge comes from my own travel experiences. I have been fortunate to visit many places in the world, but yet to visit the Artic or the Antarctic but am working on that!

Favourite destination?

Many places come to mind, but I love Cyprus and the Greek islands. The people, weather and the hospitality for me is second to none, maybe that’s why I married one.

Why you love what you do?

Cruise, Cruise, Cruise. The whole experience of cruising from the destinations, the dining experiences, the amazing entertainment and meeting new friends makes it the perfect holiday for me.

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.

Della GardenerDella Gardener

Della Gardener Travel Consultant

Experience in travel?

All I wanted to do from a young age was to travel and work in the travel industry. I have recently joined Global Independent Travel after taking a break out of travel whilst bringing up my family. I love being back in an industry i love and am so passionate about.

Favourite destination?

I have been passionate about travel since i can remember and I have been lucky enough to travel to many destinations around the world but Italy has to be my personal favourite with so much history, culture and of course the gorgeous Italian food!

Why you love what you do?

I love the idea of being able to create a once in a lifetime experience, combined with giving the exceptional service delivered by Global Independent Travel.

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!

Winscombe Branch

Charlotte HarrisCharlotte Harris

Charlotte Harris Branch Manager

Experience in travel?

I have worked in travel now for almost 10 years in different roles. I've completed 3 seasons as a holiday representative looking after young and lively, families and weddings in Corfu, Tunisia and Cyprus, then back to UK where I started in retail.

Favourite destination?

I am lucky enough to have been to many lovely places but my favourite so far is Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as I love the sunshine and luxury hotels.

Why you love what you do?

I love working in travel as every day is different, one minute I could be working on a tailor made trip to Australia, the next a hen do in Marbella! It keeps it interesting and I love to learn about new places that I haven't been to.

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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