Travel is in my blood, I have completely lost count of how many flights I have been on, how many amazing cities I have visited, but when your father is in hotel management and you then become a Corporate Travel Consultant, it is inevitable that the list is long….
It all started when I was 9, our family packed our bags and the family home, and jetted off to Lae, Papua New Guinea. Three years later, Fiji here we come! Two years after that it was back to Australia and resort south of Adelaide.
Here are a few of the ‘back yards’ I grew up in.
The Melanesian Hotel, Lae
The Westin, Nadi, Fiji
Wirrina Hotel Resort, Second Valley, South Australia
Needless to say I had a rather awesome childhood, living in hotels, meant no housework, no cooking, no chores, just fun. I learnt how to dive, how to play golf, how to ride horses and how to order room service!
Eventually the moving life got too much and my parents settled in Brisbane, and after finishing school (it only took me 13 different schools to get there) it seemed natural to get into the travel industry.
For 13 years I worked long and hard, but played just as hard, in many different countries and time zones.
Life as a travel consultant is fun!
Educationals saw me head to UK and Europe quite a few times. I have been all around the Pacific, Asia, the USA and more.
I flew to London to have dinner with my brother.
I used to go to Auckland just for the day to have lunch at the Hyatt.
A weekend away could be a quick trip to Vanuatu or Fiji.
10 nights accommodation for my honeymoon cost $250.
$200 for a 9 night cruise, and then won $160 at bingo on the first night.
I have eaten snails in Paris, chocolate in Switzerland, marzipan in Lubec, and Tom Yum Goong in Bangkok.
I have been in a seaplane, a DC9, an open sided helicopter, twin otter, jets, jumbo’s and on a camel.
AND THEN I HAD KIDS!
So my travel consultant days came to an end. I chose not to go back into the industry as the hours involved to do the job properly simply do not work when you have kids. I can’t come home and tell them “I am off to Europe for two weeks, you will just have to look after yourselves”, so I clock it up as history that was very awesome at the time, and has so many fond memories.
We still travel, my girls have been interstate and overseas, and in the years to come I hope to venture further afield with them!
Have passport will travel!
Do you love travel or do you prefer to stay close to home?
Sharing for the first time with The Lounge for Travel Tales Day!