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Exposed to different cultures from a young age, a lifelong sense of wanderlust was instilled in Amy as a child. After visiting the South Pacific, America, Mexico and Japan all before completing high school, a trip to Europe at age 21 seemed inevitable, (shortly followed by Greece and Egypt!). The life-changing benefits that travel brings cemented her passion for the business and as they say, the rest was history.
Initially enrolled in a double degree in Arts and Law, her desire to avoid conformity soon led to Amy dabbling in a career in fashion retail. This part of her career path gave her the means to travel the world in her spare time. But as time wore on, Amy began to feel jaded by the future of retail in Australia, leading her to embark on a new career in the travel industry. Since making the move back in 2007, Amy hasn’t looked back.
Her work for some of the most successful travel companies in Australia over the last decade afforded her the opportunity to attend some of the most prestigious travel industry events including PURE, LE Miami, ILTM Shanghai and Cannes and Virtuoso Travel Week. These trade shows and extensive personal travel have allowed her to build and strengthen relationships with hoteliers and industry partners worldwide. Not to mention, as an avid reader and researcher, Amy seeks out ongoing educational opportunities to ensure she stays up-to-date with the travel industry’s latest trends and hottest new hotels, resorts and destinations.
A creative at heart, Amy loves to get to know her clients and what drives them personally and professionally so that she can tailor trips that meet their exacting standards. Priding herself on her attention-to-detail, care and personalisation, Amy ensures that every client’s journey is seamless from start to finish. When she isn’t travelling, Amy can be found eating her way around Melbourne’s latest dining hotspots, enjoying weekly latin dance classes or practicing on her yoga mat.
Although all of my travels are special for different reasons, two experiences stand out. Back in 2013, I travelled to Bhutan and after a gruelling trek, stood in awe admiring the mythical beauty of Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Bhutan is an incredibly special destination with extraordinary landscapes, a unique Buddhist culture and some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever encountered. No wonder they base their GDP on happiness! I love planning journeys for my clients to Bhutan and believes it is a destination everyone should visit at least once.
Along a similar theme, two trips to Africa have left an indelible imprint. There is something magical about enjoying an African sunset with a G&T, after an adventurous off-road safari observing the Big 5 in the wild.
This depends on the destination. If I am resort bound, I may choose to sleep in or read my book upon waking, before rising for a walk along the beach or a gentle yoga session. This is usually followed by a hearty buffet breakfast and then the day will be a combination of pool lounging, ocean swimming, spa treatments and exploring local foodie hotspots.
If I am in a vibrant city, I will generally start my day with a gym session, followed by breakfast and then hit the pavement to explore. I love to get out and about early to avoid the crowds and take photos with the perfect morning light. Food markets, hidden laneways and museums are always on my radar when exploring a city. I also love to start my trip with a walking tour to orientate myself and uncover a city’s gems.
As soon as you land in a city, find a local walking tour to join or ask your agent to recommend something. It will help you to orientate yourself and find the hidden gems & you may even make a friend or two.