I am passionate about travel – in fact I am a self-confessed travel addict! In 1998 after 26 years of teaching, I decided it was time for a new career. I began my travel career as a travel manager and over the past 19 years I have enjoyed planning personalised itineraries for individuals and small groups. In 2003, I decided to form SmallGroup Travel to share my passion for travelling to exotic places with a small group of likeminded people. I joined TravelManagers Australia in 2007 and have continued to share my passion for travel with my clients.
In 2016 I was awarded the TravelManagers Best Customer Service Award. I am very proud to have received this award!
In 2017 I was awarded the TravelManagers On line Marketing award for the Tour to Malta, Sardinia and Sicily.
How lucky am I!! I have been privileged to accompany my groups to such exotic destinations as South America – I will never forget rounding the corner as we entered the site of Machu Picchu to see the amazing view below of a civilization that seems to have just vanished.
Iguassu Falls is a must do from both Argentina and Brazil. I can’t speak highly enough of South America as an exciting destination.
I have been to Mexico and Cuba.……….get there quickly before it changes. Cuba is so poor but the people are so happy and music fills every street!
Other destinations I have experienced:
Vietnam and Cambodia
Portugal – don’t underestimate this destination. Scenically beautiful, not to mention its history food and wine!
Italy – don’t forget that includes Sicily……such a great place to spend a couple of weeks.
Alaska- try a small ship expedition!!
Africa – South and East – a must do for those who want to experience animals in their natural habitat.
Malta – my heritage. Cruising into its harbour is unforgettable
France – nothing like relaxing on a barge down one of its many canals.
Where else can you get so many “wow”factors ! Macchu Picchu, Sacred Valley of the Incas,Iguazzu Falls, Buenos Aires, Rio, Valpairaso. The list goes on.
Of course there is the Galapagos where nature – both marine and land will amaze you. Team this up with Ecuador and its amazing Valley of the Volcanoes and the train ride to the Devil’s Nose.
I have been to South America three times and hope to go back to see more. I would love to get you there as well!
Asia has so much to offer. You can relax in Thailand but you can explore Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. You will learn about their culture and history while you meet some of the friendliest people. Myanmar is a destination that is unspoiled. A cruise on the Irrawaddy is a comfortable way to discover this amazing destination with its thousands of pagodas. The cuisines are varied and delicious. The people welcoming. The scenery breathtaking and if you want more add a few days at a resort and indulge!
I specialise in organising small group tours. I have personally escorted tours to South America, China Vietnam, Cambodia, Alaska, Sicily, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, South Africa Egypt , Jordan and East Africa. The new destination for 2017 was Myanmar and the Kimberley in Australia.
I am excited that in 2018 I will be leading a group to the country of my parents, Malta and will then go on to Sardinia and Corsica. All tours including a second tour to Malta are booked out. But don’t worry! I will be offering another tour to Malta in 2020!!
Details of most of these itineraries can be found on my website.www.smallgrouptravel.com.au . I am also happy to develop personalise itineraries for you either as an individual or a group.
I organise true small group tours and I guarantee that no group will be larger than 16. Each itinerary is carefully researched to suit the needs and interests of the group travelling. With every tour, fellow travellers meet each other before the tour so that you are travelling with people with whom you are already familiar.
I plan detailed itineraries for a trip of a life time. I use reputable operators to provide a well-planned itinerary suited to your needs.
Small Ship Cruising
In line with my philosophy of sharing travel with small groups of people, I am keen to introduce my clients to small ship cruising. I have experienced an expedition cruise in Alaska shared amazing experiences of kayaking with whales and watching Glaciers carve! There are so many opportunities to experience small ship cruising from the expedition cruises to luxury small ships.
I have also experienced a small ship cruise on the Galapagos. I will never forget snorkelling with the sea lions!
Last year I cruised on a SilverSea Expedition cruise from Greenock, Scotland and up the coast of Norway to Tromso. What an amazing experience.
I now have a link to SmallShip Cruising on my website
I would love to help you experience these too!