Meet the Team
I have been working in the travel industry since 1977, starting my career working in my home town, Dunstable for a high street agency, Lunn Poly. Since then I have had a varied career in the industry including specialised tour operations such as sailing and scuba diving holidays around the world. My ethos in business has always been to listen to customers and really identify what you want from a holiday as we are all different. I want to find a holiday that fulfils your dreams and a holiday where you will come back and talk non-stop to your friends and family. Leading from the front I am instilling this same ethos throughout the Suitcase Travel team.
My favourite place is central and eastern Europe and particularly Hungary. This has led to my passion of river cruises visiting towns and cities that are not on the usual tourist track. Plus, river cruises are more relaxing than you may think, which is always a bonus.
My next planned adventure is a river cruise on the Rhine. I have done this before but there is always something new to discover on these trips!
Where do I every start with my bucket list? Even after 40 years in travel there is still so much to see and do! I want to see more of the inner USA and have been thinking of a fly drive to combine with a Mississippi river cruise. But, I have recently been inspired by a booking we made for one of our customers that is a fantastic fly drive to include the cowboy region of Black Hills in South Dakota – now I am confused!!
My top travel tip is to be flexible – always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things don’t go to plan. Remember you are on an adventure!
I’m Lyn and I concentrate mainly on the administration side so I don’t actually sell many holidays. I do, though, get to look through all the lovely holidays that our customers book and get inspiration for my own travels. I’ve worked in travel for the last seventeen years and have seen many changes in the industry. I love to see people’s faces when they come back and tell me about the amazing places that they have seen and they thank all the staff here for suggesting things they might not have thought of.
My favourite holiday recently has been a wonderful river cruise down the Danube with Uniworld. I have visited Budapest many times and to sail into a sunny Budapest at the end of the holiday was an experience I will never forget. I also went on another river cruise down the Rhine recently and without a doubt this is one of the best and most relaxing ways to visit places that otherwise I would never get to visit. Everybody here jokes that if you want a river cruise talk to me as I haven’t stopped selling its merits since I came back.
I am not sure what my next planned trip is. All I know is that it will involve me sailing down a river.
I do have a bucket list and it is mostly centred around iconic experiences. I’d love to travel on the Orient Express, sail across the Atlantic into New York and visit Singapore for a cocktail in Raffles Hotel.
I have mainly visited Europe and have a passion for galleries and museums. I once spend 10 days in Paris and visited over 25 museums and also spent a week in Florence pounding the streets and taking in the sights. Having said that, at times there’s some times when all I need is to sit back and relax (preferably in the sun) with a good book, good food and wine, and let the world pass me by while I people watch and dream.
My top travel tip is to learn as much as you can about what you want to see and do before visiting somewhere so that you don’t have your nose in a guide book or on your phone. You can then look around you and take in the culture while you are out and about.
I have worked in travel since I left school so in total 16 years. I have a real passion for holidays and enjoy advising others on places to stay and visit – I am forever persuading my friends and family to book trips. It is something that never leaves you I think as I have tried other careers but missed travel so much.
My Favourite Place is Thailand. I love the twin centre options you can do that involve both the city and the beach. I have visited Bangkok and Koh Samui and is a holiday that I will never forget as it was so good. I fell in love with the culture, the food (which really is amazing!), the trips to see the Elephant Orphanage, the various temples in Bangkok, the floating markets, the day spa where you can be pampered for such good value. The list is endless
My next planned adventure is to Florida. I want to take the kids for the rides and enjoy a twin centre relaxing holiday too by staying in Clearwater as I think I’ll need to relax after all those adventures in the parks. We are going to stay in a private villa with a pool and hire a car and do all the parks, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, and of course Disney.
My Bucket list is endless as you can imagine the world is big place but a safari is something I have always wanted to do. It would be a dream come true to stay in a treetop lodge and get some close-up shots off Cheetahs and Elephants, my favourite animals.
My top travel tip is to always take a camera to capture those memories.
I have been a part of the travel industry since 2016 and have been enjoying every minute – why didn’t I join earlier? I work on both the marketing and sales so you may see me changing our shop window display one day and then the next day with a customer helping them to create a dream getaway they will never forget.
My favourite place is India. It had always been on top of my bucket list and I was so happy that I got to go on a tour with Cosmos around the Golden Triangle before heading to Ranthambore to spot the Tigers – which we did on all 3 of our safaris. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were as we also got to see a sloth bear, which is super rare as they are nocturnal. Amber Fort in Jaipur was also a highlight for me. The trip definitely lived up to my expectations and I just loved the smells, the food, the colours and everything else of India.
My next planned adventure is to Japan. I am going to be doing this in a small-group escorted tour with Intrepid as I can get right into the heart of the culture of this fascinating country. I am already counting down the days!
My bucket list definitely gets longer each week – I think that is the problem with working in travel! At the top is to drive around South Africa visiting Cape Town, the wine regions and then safari to see the big 5 before ending the holiday with a week relaxing in Mauritius.
My top travel tip is to always have comfy shoes with you. Wherever you are, there is always some exploring to do whether it is to find the best restaurant or the quiet part of a beach to discovering the wonders of ancient temples or the breath-taking views from high up.