I grew up in the North of England and spent most of my childhood walking around the Peak District with my dog, filling Tupperware containers with blackberries and winberries so my Mum could make jam and fruit pies.
I always wanted to be a Vet but eventually realized that you cannot succeed at school AND be the Class Clown. My Mum realized this too and packed me off to boarding school at the age of 16. It was at Durham School where I decided that if Mum and Dad we’re going to spend their hard earned money on my schooling, I’d better knuckle down and study hard. I finished school in 1991 having passed every exam taken and to celebrate, I took myself off to the island of Rhodes in Greece for a weeks holiday.
I returned to England four years later with a reasonable understanding of the Greek language along with good skills in cooking ( in the summer ) and building ( in the winter).
Two years later, after working in Manchester casinos, I flew to Miami and started a career working for Royal Caribbean Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. For the next four years I bathed in The Bahamas, went loco in Puerto Rico, did the Hula in Hawaii, caught salmon in Skagway and wore a Panama in Panama!!
I left the surreal world of the cruise lines in December 1999 and spent New Years Eve and the turn of the Millenium at the Murray Bridge Community Club, watching house boats parade along the river. And I’ve never looked back since!
That was almost 20 years ago now and for 15 of them I’ve been a travel agent. I love being at home and I love being away so this is the perfect balance for me. Only last year I spent time in Tbilisi Georgia, Yerevan Armenia and Cairo Egypt, all in the space of 3 weeks!!
I can’t think of any other jobs that offer such amazing experiences. I’ll always have the urge to travel so I expect you’ll always find me here at Live The Dream Travel, Murray Bridge!