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Personal Details

 

Travel Specialist

melissab@hot.co.nz

3 376 4102

987 Ferry Road
Ferrymead Village
Christchurch

Why ME?

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  • Alaska Cruise Alaska Cruise
  • Skagway, Alaska Skagway, Alaska
  • Alaska Cruise Alaska Cruise
  • Ketchikan, Alaska Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Omaha Beach, France Omaha Beach, France
  • Honfleur, France Honfleur, France
  • American Cemetery, France American Cemetery, France
  • Pentecost, Vanuatu Pentecost, Vanuatu
  • Pacific Island Cruise Pacific Island Cruise

Useful Apps & Gadgets for Travel

  • Multizone electrical plug
  • A double adapter or power board - to use with your multizone plug
  • WhatsApp/Viber - great way to stay in touch with home, without the phone charges
  • HOT App - your whole itinerary at your fingertips

What I always take on holiday

  • Less clothes than I used to! Don't overpack, and think light layers
  • A small amount of washing powder to wash some clothes in my hotel room
  • Ear plugs. You never know when a flight or a hotel room will be noisy
  • A pack of cards

Where I've Been

 

Favourite Holidays

 

Alaskan Cruise

I cruised the Inside Passage of Alaska with Princess Cruises, and it is still my favourite cruise. We cruised out of Vancouver, and visited three ports of Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway. All of the towns were small but had lots of activities on offer, or you can just wonder and explore. I do recommend reserving your shore excursions in advance as I missed out on dog sledding with the huskies as it was fully booked by the time I got on board. However, my highlight was spending a day cruising up Glacier Bay National Park. The scenery was amazing with the snow-capped mountains and spending a few hours with the ships motors turned off and watching the ice carving was something I will always remember. We also saw a huge amount of wildlife with humpback whales, seals and even bears. Doing a cruises in this area is a great way to see the destination, and get into towns that are not accessible via road. You can spend the day in port or on deck enjoying the scenery and then evenings watching shows and meeting new people. Everything was taken care of and we had some amazing meals, and possible tried a cocktail or two.

Guided Holiday trip in France

My first guided holiday was with Trafalgar on their Treasures of France trip. We started with a night in Paris before we travelled to the Normandy region which was my highlight of the trip and on my wish list to get back to. There is such a history in this area around World War II, and I loved visiting Omaha Beach and seeing where the D Day Landing took place before spending some time visiting one of the American cemeteries and learning more about the history. Mont St Michel is such an impressive sight, as it is an Island commune and is only 100 hectares in size. We spent 2 nights in the Loire Valley where we got to taste a lot of the wine in the area and take in the sights and history.

I really enjoyed my trip, and I was able to see first-hand how much Coach Tours have changed over the years. You no longer just see the main sights and 100’s of churches - instead, you meet more of the locals and have experiences you wouldn’t be able to do on your own. We got to have lunch at a local’s own house and try her homemade wine and cheese. I was also travelling as a solo traveller on this trip, but I never felt alone. I meet so many people on the trip that there was always people to have a meal with, or an afternoon wine.

Pacific Island Cruising

I have been lucky enough to do quite a few Pacific Island Cruises, both departing New Zealand and Australia, and it's a great close to home holiday option. I love being able to hop on a ship and spend a few days unwinding before you get to the destination. You really can do as much or as little as you like as there is always plenty of activities on board through the day and evening or you can relax and read a book or watch a movie. My favourite activities are watching the shows in the evening and presentations through the day, quizzes, Bingo (everyone loves Bingo on a cruise), and the wine tasting/cocktail making. Then you get to spend a few days off the ship in port exploring. I really enjoyed hiring a bike and exploring the island of Lifou and then going snorkelling in a little cove. I’ve been to Vanuatu a few times so now I just get a boat transfer to Hideaway Island and spend the day snorkelling and swimming on the island. You can travel to Pentecost only during a few months, and here you can see the land diving where AJ Hackett got the idea for Bungee Jumping. It was a really interesting thing to see, and I loved learning the history of this tradition of the boys becoming men. And then its back on the ship to relax before you get back home. I have cruised with a rage of people (my partner, Mum and Nana, with a group of friends, with children and teenagers), and really believe there is a cruise to suit everyone.

Northern Territory

A lot of people think Australia is just the Gold Coast but there is so much more. The Northern Territory is such a remote area of Australia but offers amazing scenery and showcases the aboriginal history. I have been to the area twice, the first time visiting the red centre where I stayed in both Alice Spring and Ayers Rock. We watched a sunrise over Ayers Rock / Uluru and saw the rock change colours before walking around the bottom and hearing the stories and history. It’s not all about that when in this area, and you can also walk the rim of Kings Canyon and visit the rounded domes of Kata Tjuta.

More recently I visit the top end into Darwin, before heading south to Kakadu National Park and Katherine. We visited stunning swimming holes (which was needed in the heat) and saw lots of crocodiles. One of my highlights was visiting Top Didj and learning more about the aboriginals. And there is so much to do in Darwin with a visit to Turtle tracks where we got to release turtles back into the wild or watching the sunset at Mindel Markets.

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