Your Travel with Me Team

Annette Porter

Managing Director

Hello my name is Annette Porter and I am addicted to Travel!! I first knew I had a problem when I left Australia in the early 90’ and came home six years later. I spent the best part of the early 90’s as a Tour Guide for 18 to 35’s and as such have taken tours all over Europe including, Russia and Scandinavia. This started my addiction to travel so much so that when I returned in 1996 I started a new career as a Travel Consultant to help other people realise their own travel dreams.

With all my knowledge and personal travel experience I moved quickly into Management and Training Roles for a large Multinational Travel Group – with great success – and for 6 years owned and operated my own Travel Agency, Harvey World Travel Belmont. As a solo traveller myself I have always wanted to specialise in this field  but found it difficult to find the time for within the Harvey World very structured network so I started Travel with Me in 2009 to focus on my passion, getting Solo Travellers travelling cheaper and with new friends.

My favourite life experience to date was living and working in Japan for 2 years where I was able to learn about the Japanese culture and learn the Japanese language.  I returned to Australia and worked as a tour guide looking after inbound Japanese Tourists where I then had the pleasure of showing them our culture.

My dream holiday is to drive a convertible through Tuscany with friends dropping in at the vineyards along the way sampling the best olives, bread, cheeses and wine.

I would love to help you plan your next holiday, and for those of you that are ready to go – but can’t find someone to go with, contact Travel with Me now and we will put you in touch with other Solo Travellers. If you are in Perth please come along to one of our monthly coffee clubs to meet like minded travellers and to find out what is happening with Travel with Me. If you are interstate or overseas then we can put you in touch with others in your state via phone and/or email. You may also like to join me and other Travel with Me members on one of  Travel with Me Exclusive Journeys.

 

Jean Rodger

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 Senior Travel Consultant and Cruise Specialist

Travel has been a huge part of my life.  Having grown up with a dad who was a long distance driver, I had the great opportunity to travel with him on school holidays around Scotland (my home country) many times, plus at weekends it was up and packed and off we would go to one of our favorite camp sites.  So you could say this was the beginning of a life time of travelling.

My husband and I moved from Scotland to New Zealand in 1973.  After a while we then moved across the ditch to Sydney and then in 1979 returned to Scotland.  Of course it was not long until we had itchy feet again so it was back to New Zealand and we settled down there until our move to Perth in 1986.

It was here in Perth were I changed my career.  My daughter had left school and I could study to become a Travel Consultant and selling travel is what I have done now for the past 22 years in the Rockingham and Mandurah area.  I have now settled into Travel with Me over the past 2 years where  I have met some amazing new people and can now add them,  to my long list of loyal customers who have followed me in my career,  along this exciting road of travel.  It is always exciting catching up with them, especially on their return,  to hear of their many adventures and also to learn from their experiences, so I can tell others along the way.  I hope one day you will join me too.

I have been fortunate enough to also experience some wonderful places and here are some of those destinations:

Canada,  one of my favorite destinations.  West Coast USA, New Zealand, Alaska, Kenya, different parts of Europe, Scandinavia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mauritius, Greece and Israel, parts of Australia.  I love cruising and have travelled on some amazing ships.  One of the most exciting cruises I did was when the Queen Mary 2 arrived into Sydney harbor on her maiden world cruise, and we departed from Sydney to Dubai.  That experience was just the best feeling.  Regent is also another cruise company I have been fortunate to sail on.  The service is just amazing.  As recent as last year I did a Viking River cruise in the Bordeaux region and Oh La La if you like food and wine this is the cruise for you.

Throughout my working career as a travel consultant I have awarded some of the industry’s top achievers awards.

There are so many places in the world that are on top of my favorite list, but probably Canada does stand out to be quite near the top, especially Vancouver Island.  It is a place I enjoyed and would return often if I could.  Since I visited Paris last year that has gone on my list of great places to visit.  I really enjoyed  Munich in Germany as it was so easy to get around on the trains to visit the wonderful Alpine areas which I just love.  And  then of course there is Scotland.

 

Lisa Cardew                                            

 Senior Travel Consultant and Cruise Specialist

As a child I travelled extensively with my parents, and so began my love of travelling and exploring our wonderful world.  After finishing year 12, my parents took me on a six week trip to the United States and it was after this trip I decided working as a travel agent was my dream job.  28 years later I am still here helping my clients plan their dream holidays and instilling the love of travel into my children.

Along the way I have enjoyed some fantastic travel opportunities visiting Europe, USA, Mexico, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, Maldives, South Pacific, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey and extensively through Australia.

Some of the absolute highlights include:
•    releasing baby turtles into the wild in Borneo
•    cycling through local villages in Bali
•    a helicopter flight over the beautiful islands of the Maldives
•    seeing hundreds of hot air balloons flying over the skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico
•    swimming with a whale shark at Ningaloo Reef
•    swimming with a baby elephant in Krabi Thailand.
•    Seeing the Great Pyramids of Egypt
•    Walking on the Great Wall of China

My children and husband now share my excitement of travelling and we have had many overseas holidays together as well as camping in the great outdoors of our country.  Travelling with my children has helped me to understand the dynamics of family travel and I can pass this expertise onto my clients.  Some of the family trips we have enjoyed together include Bali, Gold Coast, West Coast of America, Singapore and cruising.  We are also soon to embark on a motorhome holiday travelling beautiful New Zealand and for my kids, seeing snow for the first time!

I can think of no better way to spend my work day – with my head in a travel brochure assisting my clients to plan the holiday of their dreams.

 

Tina Flower

Senior Travel Consultant and UK, Europe and Australia Top End Specialist

Originally from the UK, I have always had a passion for travel.  Starting with an 8 year career in the airline industry before deciding to try a new adventure and backpack around Australia for a year.  Whilst travelling I met my husband in the beautiful Kimberley’s where we made our home for the next 7 years and welcomed our first daughter.  I continued to work in the tourism industry with the added bonus of experiencing everything the unique Kimberley and Top end offers.  It’s raw, untouched beauty, its numerous unique pockets waiting to be discovered, the people, the rich red dirt and the stars that are so close you feel you can reach out and touch them.  This is still one of my favourite places in the world.

Through my love of travel, I have been married in Bali, sailed the Whitsundays, gambled the strip in Las Vegas and experienced the Grand Canyon by Helicopter.  I have rubbed shoulders with the stars in Hollywood, attended the Boston tea party, travelled the length of the UK and explored many parts of Europe.  I have hit the night life of Bangkok, lazed away the days on the white beaches of Ko Samui and the Caribbean Islands. I have been lucky enough to tick off one of my career dreams of experiencing the amazing Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer and last year escorted my very first tour through the centre of Australia on the Ghan Expedition.
I have now been in the travel industry for more than 20 years of which I have been based in Mandurah as a retail travel consultant for the past 11 and been a member of the Mandurah Travel & Cruise, now ItalkTravel Mandurah and Travel with Me team for the past 4.

Along with my two teenage daughters, I hope to continue to tick off my ever growing bucket list and still believe I have the best job.

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing clients return from a holiday of a lifetime and knowing that you were a part of making their dreams come true.

 

 

Donna Merema

Part Time Senior Consultant

I began travelling in 1994 when I first started my career as a Travel Consultant.

My first holidays were destinations in Australia and Asia and then soon led to some amazing places and experiences such as a skiing holiday in the Austrian Alps in a little village called Neustift, I have visited the home of Elvis Presley in Graceland in Memphis and I have seen the Pope at the Vatican in Rome. I enjoy visiting new destinations with my family and friends sharing new experiences and making great memories.

One of my favourite destinations is the Caribbean with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, an amazing place to swim or snorkel. My most recent holidays these days are cruising holidays with my family. I love the fact that you only need to unpack once and you get to travel to many destinations and countries in one holiday.

I haven’t been everywhere in the world but it’s definitely on my list. Happy Travels!

 

Rebecca Allcock                                                                       

Part Time Senior Consultant

I have worked in the travel industry since 1996. After my very first overseas holiday to Bali made me wanting more, so I pursued a career in travel starting out as an office junior I worked and studied my way to become a travel consultant.

Taking a break only to have a family for a few of those years. I have a passion for all things travel and love organising those special holidays for my clients.  No holiday request is too big or small, too easy or hard to organise for you. Anything is possible. I have explored many places but there is so much more I still want to see.

The places that I have ticked off my list so far include most of Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the UK, Scotland, Doha, Dubai, Africa, cruised the South Pacific and the west coast of America. Let me help you discover the world too.

 

Kitty Villegas

Web and Marketing Guru and Part Time Senior Consultant

Originally from Seattle, Washington, I started my travel career shortly after I moved to Australia in 2003 and have worked in both retail and corporate travel. I thought, if you love travel, why not make a career out of it?

I have been with Travel with Me since we began over 8 years ago and and have enjoyed building relationships with my lovely clients. I truly have a passion for travel and am committed to helping other travellers make the most of their holidays.

My love affair with travel began much before this when I was 18 and travelled to Russia on a High School Exchange program. Upon my return I realized I had been bitten by the travel bug! Since then I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel to some amazing places in the World. From backpacking through England, France and Spain, crossing the Siberian terrain by train, watching cherry blossoms bloom from my Ryokan window in Japan, to trying a Sheesha and drinking expensive champagne from the Park Hyatt balcony overlooking Dubai Creek, I have travelled in all styles! Want to know where else I’ve been? Just ask and I would love to share my travel experience with you.
I two young children and my little family have already travelled to Hawaii and the West Coast of America, Hong Kong and Bali.  I am teaching my children the importance of travel and seeing all this wonderful world has to offer!

With the new office opening up in Mandurah and myself still residing in Perth, I have now taken on the role of marketing and keeping our website up to date with fantastic offers. I am always on the lookout for great deals, and with so many of them out there, one person alone couldn’t find them all!

Email me HERE and tell me your travel wishlist, and I will endeavor to find the best deals on the market and put them on our website and newsletters.

Steinbeck wrote: “A Trip….is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, and uniqueness. A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike”.

I believe this is very true, and I tailor each trip I arrange to meet my client’s individual needs.

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