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Annette Porter

Managing Director/Tour Escort

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.

After many years of successfully owning and operating a number of Travel Agencies and escorting small groups of travellers overseas and locally, we were suddenly slammed shut and thrown into a world  that was unlike anything we had experienced, the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Well I was not about to give up! While my team fought hard on behalf of our clients to fight for refunds and fair outcomes after many many forced cancellations, I immediately started looking to local opportunities to be able to continue offering our clients amazing holidays, this time solely in WA.

Little did we know that in WA, we would be closed off to the rest of the country and the rest of the world for 2 years! Let me tell you that I am forever grateful that WA is my home and if I had to be locked in anywhere this is where it would be. Travel with Me has been escorting small groups during our lockdown, to some incredible parts of Western Australia and we are proud to be the ones reintroducing this amazing land to our clients. We have also started a facebook group to showcase WA so if you are a lover of Western Australia, please join our group and share the love. Click here to join our Travel with Me in Western Australia Group.

If there is any silver lining to this, it is the discovery of the incredible Southern Forests region. This is a picture of me and Max, a young Truffle dog who took our first group on a truffle hunt the winter of 2021 in Manjimup. This and other experiences we enjoyed on the tour were so incredible and so unique, that we have now developed a series of seasonal experiences for everyone to enjoy. Just click on the Southern Forest Experiences  heading on the home page to see the options available. Our Gems tours are very special and very personal, they are fully inclusive and include experiences that you just cannot find independently. I hope to meet you one day on one of these journeys (max group size is 12 to 14 only)

If you are looking for other destinations in WA and away, please check out the options under Our Journeys.

The world has certainly changed but one thing for sure, our desire to see and experience new things, will never change.

 

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 nightlife 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.

 

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 to travel, why not make a career out of it?

I have been with Travel with Me since we began over 10 years ago 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 17 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 have two young children and my family have 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!

In 2020 my travel world as I knew it changed. COVID-19!! The pandemic put my international travel on hold and Travel with Me agency took a hit. I have since taken on the role of marketing and keeping our website up to date with fantastic offers in West Australia. One of the silver linings of this pandemic is more travel in my own beautiful state of West Australia. That’s me to the right being silly in Nannup WA!

Email me HERE and tell me your travel wishlist, and I will endeavour 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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