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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.

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 Solo Traveller Meetups  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.

 

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 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 main office now in Mandurah and myself still residing in Perth, I have 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 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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