After graduating from Tourism College in 2003, I started my career in the travel industry. From specialising in Queensland, cruising, working at Adelaide Airport and everything in between, I originally joined Phil Hoffmann Travel in 2008 and then returned in October 2017.
Whilst there isn’t a place in the world I haven’t loved, I especially enjoy Canada as a holiday destination and I love cruising. A favourite is Azamara.
- In Vancouver, go to the Granville Island Markets, grab some fresh produce such as a baguette, some ham, cheese and fruit and sit on the harbour and watch the world go by! It’s such a beautiful spot to people watch and view all the little ferry boats crossing.
- When you’re on a cruise ship, take the embarkation day as a chance to explore the ship when it hasn’t got as many passengers onboard. It’s a great way to see where everything is, chat to staff and other passengers and of course start eating and drinking straight away! Don’t forget to pack your bathers, sunscreen and a hat in your carry-on luggage as your suitcases may not arrive into your cabin straight away and you don’t want to get sunburnt on the first day!
- The best trip I have ever done was with APT through the Canadian Rockies. I was there for 10 days and toured through Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Banff, Lake Louise, ending it with the magnificent Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf. The scenery doesn’t look real, it is that beautiful. The locals are so friendly, the properties you stay at are simply amazing and APT are unbelievable. I would highly recommend this trip!
- A close second would be touring through South Africa and the Garden Route. I was there for 8 days and spent time in Cape Town, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth and the breathtaking Shamwari Game Reserve which is home to the Big 5! This is some seriously beautiful countryside. I toured with Adventure World who use local ground operators and it was fantastic - I couldn’t fault them! I stayed in some beautiful properties and saw some amazing wildlife including the Big 5. Do yourself a favour and get to South Africa…you won’t regret it!
Destinations Amanda specialises in...
Australia Canada China Czech Republic England France Germany Greece Hong Kong Italy Mexico Netherlands New Zealand North America Singapore South Africa South Pacific Thailand UK & Ireland Usa Vanuatu Vietnam