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relationship with you before going, and are keen to sustain the friendship.
We’re always pleased to hear about your experiences – not only is it satisfying
to know we’ve met your expectations, but your feedback also enables us to
constantly learn and explore ways in which to improve our service and the
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holidays offered. To help this process, we’ve put together a short questionnaire
of 20 – 30 questions which we can send you on your return. This looks at all
aspects of your experience, helping us to better understand your needs and
how we’re meeting them. It’s a really useful exercise which our
clients appreciate and enjoy completing. So if you’ve been on
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please email us on with “Feedback
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an extended report for us to consider publishing in Venture
magazine? Like that from ■ INTERESTS AND HOBBIES? and just endless hotels.
the Howards below… Travel, of course! And photography. ■ UNFAIR TO SLAG OFF?
I’d love to get serious with my Actually, that’s easy – Bangkok. I
camera, but I’m enjoying being an think it’s just a great city. There’s
amateur – there’s so much you can so much to do there – they’ve got
do with photography these days. (I think) the biggest market in the
Returning from an overland trip in ■ EARLIEST TRAVEL MEMORY? world, Chatuchak. Fantastic place.
Africa for 35 days, I now understand Family camping trips back home in And the Thai food, and the people
why so many people stay. The whole good old NZ, especially at Tologa Bay are really great for a capital city.
experience in Africa is one my husband near Gisborne, and Coopers Beach Plus it’s such a good gateway for
and I will treasure all our lives. It up north. Southeast Asia.
was our fi rst ever overseas trip – to ■ BEST TRIP? ■ BEST HOTEL?
celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary My incredible Kumuka Tour to I don’t want it to be always full! But
– booked after hearing the wonderful stories Mexico! The ruins of Palenque in the it’s Bethams Beach Cottages in Fiji.
and experiences recounted by a lovely young jungle are just awe-inspiring, Self-catering cottages right on the
woman on the Kumuka stand at Holiday Expo. a feel of real lost civilisation… beach. Bliss.
Every day I think about all the fantastic and Isla Mujeres – what a ■ WORST HOTEL?
places, people, villages, campsites, countries, beautiful island! Most of the hotels in London,
sunsets we had seen. Suddenly I fi nd wells of ■ MOST RECENT TRIP? frankly.
tears appearing when I reminisce. Our photos I went with friends to Krakow for ■ BEST MEAL AND BAR
tell our stories, and our DVD footage brings the experience to life again. a long weekend and we did this AND CLUB?
We have received a few emails from people we met on our trip – I guess brilliant walking tour of the city Nothing beats the beach bars and
they are the ones we made an impression on and vice versa. – then called in at the Wodka Bar for restaurants in Thailand or Mexico
Nat, our tour guide, was an inspiration to all women in the world. Her a little tasting session! – sitting on the sand eating fresh
strong, independent nature made me question my life choices, but I have ■ FAVOURITE PLACE? seafood or sipping cocktails!
no regrets – I am doing exactly what I wanted to do. Hmm, that’s a hard one, I think it ■ BEST BEACH?
When we received an email informing us that she would have to be Cambodia for the Too many to choose from, but
and her partner had gone to Uganda, we were not amazing people and Fiji just for all- probably Koh Tao, in Thailand.
surprised. Just listening to her on our trip convinced out beauty. ■ BEST WALK?
me she will never leave. Africa had engulfed her. ■ IDEAL TRAVEL COMPANION? Milford Track back home in New
Sue, our truck driver, was also one of a kind; Anyone with an open mind Zealand – but don’t forget your
young, blonde and beautiful, a personality of looking for an adventure! insect repellent ‘cos the sandfl ies are
such sincerity, but I warn you, do not challenge Apparently Brad Pitt is looking a nightmare.
her or she’ll have your throat! Her direct nature was for a change in his life… ■ BIGGEST TRAVEL
also for any young woman to aspire to. I loved listening ■ DESTINATION THAT MOST MISUNDERSTANDING?
to her stories of her life and the people she touches and SURPRISED YOU? That things will kind of be the same
helps along her way through Africa. Truly, these two Actually it completely changed as at home. They never are, so go
women should have a statue erected somewhere along my mind – Mexico City. All I’d ever with an open mind and be ready for
a road in Africa... they make a difference to all their heard were bad stories, and I arrived other ways of looking at things.
passengers. expecting the worst and clutching ■ WORST TRAVEL ADVICE?
So thank you Kumuka for the most amazing my bags. And I was met with the Any mate that tells you you don’t
holiday. Thank you for our wonderful hosts Nat and friendliest people and fantastic food. need travel insurance. It’s a must!
Sue for looking after us and showing us Africa in their You’d never know you’re in one of ■ BEST TIP FOR ROOKIE
own special way. the biggest cities in the world! TRAVELLERS?
ROSS AND LORRAINE HOWARD, ■ OVERRATED? Just go with an open mind and no
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA Oh, defi nitely Phuket in Thailand. expectations – you’ll have the time of
Not great beaches, too many tourists your life. Worked for me!

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