Travel Talk

Meet RAA's Travel Consultants

Contact one of our travel experts below or give us a call on 8202 4589.

 

Doz_DanielleDanielle Doz 
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
August 2013

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2007

What countries have you travelled to: 
USA, Germany, Italy, Croatia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Austria, Canada, Cruising, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Austria, Abu Dhabi and Cook Islands

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
USA, Ocean Cruising and Europe

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Never travel without insurance!

Contact Danielle


Sally BarnesBarnes_Sally 
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
July 2001

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry:
2001

What countries have you travelled to:
New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, United Kingdom, Ireland, San Francisco, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Langkawi

What are the top three areas you specialise in:
New Zealand, South Pacific Cruising, Europe

What is your #1 Travel Tip:
Pack, then re-pack, then re-pack!

Contact Sally


Gallina_AldaAlda Gallina 
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA:
March 1990

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry:
1966

What countries have you travelled to:
Most of Europe, USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Turkey, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Pacific Islands

What are the top three areas you specialise in:
USA/Canada, Cruising and Europe

What is your #1 Travel Tip:
Be very careful with your valuables, place these in a safe deposit box at your hotels if available.

Contact Alda


Scroop_SandraSandra Scroop
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
June 1980

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
1985

What countries have you travelled to: 
New Zealand, UK, Ireland, West Coast USA, West Coast Canada – the Rockies, Vietnam, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Maldives, Bali, Australia

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Australia (especially the Kimberley), New Zealand, Cruising

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Always remember when travelling overseas to embrace their culture. The whole idea of travelling overseas is to experience the differences.

Contact Sandra
 

Sheppard_OlwynOlwyn Shepard 
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
November 1971

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
1961

What countries have you travelled to: 
Czech Republic, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Russia, Alaska

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Australia, Cruising

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Always tell the locals they have a lovely country/city.

Contact Olwyn

 

Amy TelfordTelford_Amy
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
July 2011

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
SA - June 2006
Domestic – July 2011
International – March 2015

What countries have you travelled to: 
USA, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Learn a few phrases and speak to the locals, ask for tips and advice on the best places to visit and eat, and experience their culture.

Contact Amy

Nikki BouvengBouveng_Nicole
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
Dec 2016

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2011

What countries have you travelled to: 
North America, Mexico, UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Bali, Vietnam, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Ocean and River Cruise, Fully Independent Travel, Round the World Itineraries

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Immerse yourself in the people and culture everywhere you go.

Contact Nikki

Troy EldridgeEldridge_Troy
Adelaide Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
2004

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2017

What countries have you travelled to: 
Austria, Bosnia& Herzegovina, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Thailand, UK, Vatican City.

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Europe, Cruising, Australia

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Each trip always add a place or activity that you wouldn't normally have thought of, they can make the whole trip!

Contact Troy


Kara Kennedy Kennedy_Kara
Colonnades Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
December 2015.

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
January 2010.

What countries have you travelled to: 
Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, United States, Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia.

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Europe, USA & New Zealand.

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Travelling isn't about seeing things, it's about the experiences.

Contact Kara


Amber Plail Plail_Amber
Colonnades Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
April 2017.

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2012.

What countries have you travelled to: 
Bali, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, Canada, Peru, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Sri Lanka.

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Africa, Cruising, Unique and complex travel itineraries.

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Pack your case, then take out half the clothes and take double the money.

Contact Amber

 

Kimberley Davis Davis_Kimberly_web
Colonnades Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
October 2017.

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2001.

What countries have you travelled to: 
Australia (extensively) New Zealand, Vietnam, China, Canada, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary.

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Australia, Ocean and River Cruising, New Zealand, China, Vietnam.

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Always carry a copy or 2 of your passport!

Contact Kimberley


Teresa Roj Roj_Teresa (2)
Elizabeth Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
August 1973

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
August 1973 (Travel accounts and receptionist)
Started selling travel about 1976 

What countries have you travelled to: 
Mauritius, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Morocco. UK (London only), France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Greece, Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg only). India, Nepal, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali. West Coast USA, Canada, Hawaii, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Zealand.
Australia (Perth, Alice Springs, Tasmania, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Gold Coast, Whitsundays)
Cruises (Pacific and Greek Islands)

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Europe, Cruising and Unique travel itineraries

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Whatever your budget, add 10% more to allow for unplanned incidentals and currency fluctuations.

Contact Teresa


Rena Lombardi Lombardi_Rena

Elizabeth Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
June 2014

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
1975

What countries have you travelled to: 
Canada, Italy, France, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and Fiji

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Canada, Malaysia and Italy

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 

  • Pack light
  • Remember to pack a power adaptor 
  • Always use bubblewrap for fragile purchases
  • Register with smart traveller

Contact Rena

 

Holly Pfeiffer Pfeiffer_Holly
Marion Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
August 2014

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2010

What countries have you travelled to: 
Bali, Singapore, Thailand, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Italy, West Coast USA, Bahamas, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Scotland and UAE.

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Western Europe, West Coast USA, New Zealand

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Always roll (not fold) your clothes - saves space and they crease less.

Contact Holly



Sarah FewsterFewster_Sarah_web

Marion Shop

When did you start with RAA:
Oct 2015

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry:
2011

What countries have you travelled to: 
UK, France, Holland, Italy, Greece, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Maldives, Thailand, Dubai, Indonesia, around Australia

What are the top three areas you specialise in:
Greek Islands, Bali, Maldives

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Always leave 40% of your suitcase empty!

Contact Sarah


Cat FantoFanto_Catherine
Marion Shop

When did you start with RAA:
July 2017

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry:
2013 with 10 years of personal travel experience

What countries have you travelled to: 
South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji, England, Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Croatia, Greece and the Greek Islands, Turkey (Kusadasi), Vatican City, Malaysia including Borneo, Singapore, USA (Hawaii), United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Stop overs in Qatar

What are the top three areas you specialise in:
Cruising, Europe, Youth Travel

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Learn as much as possible about the destination! Visit a local village and learn about their languages and customs. Take the road less travelled!

Contact Cat


Cathy SharmanSherman_Catherine

Mile End Shop

When did you start with RAA:
December 2016

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry:
January 2008

What countries have you travelled to: 
Extensively through USA, UK, Europe, Asia including Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Fiji, South Pacific, New Zealand, Dubai, Abubhabi, Hong Kong, Egypt.

What are the top three areas you specialise in:
USA, Europe, Round the World itineraries.

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Be flexible, travel might not always go as planned.

Contact Cathy


Davidson_LaurenLauren Davidson
Modbury Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
June 2016

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
February 2013

What countries have you travelled to: 
Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, France, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Italy and South Africa. 

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
New Zealand, Thailand and Europe!

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
We are very lucky to be able to travel the world so make sure you take the time to stop and absorb your surroundings! Take plenty of photos because they make the best souvenirs.

Contact Lauren


Sarah O'BrienOBrien_Sarah_web
Modbury Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
June 2017

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2014

What countries have you travelled to: 
Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai, Vietnam, Cambodia, India

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
UK/Europe, Guided Holidays, South East Asia

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Small group tours are an amazing way to have a truly authentic experience with a local guide they enable you to immerse yourself in the local culture and create lifelong memories. 

Contact Sarah


Violet StrudwickStrudwick_Violet_web
Modbury Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
February 1981

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2002

What countries have you travelled to: 
Australia, Singapore, New Caledonia, USA East Coast

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Singapore, Ocean Cruising, DisneyWorld

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Always take heaps of photos and never go without Travel Insurance. 

Contact Violet

 

Noel Watson Watson_Noel
West Lakes Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
May 2011

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2001

What countries have you travelled to: 
New Zealand, Vanuatu, Noumea, Santo, Bali, Thailand, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hungry, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Africa, West coast of America, Australia, Norway, France, England, Wales, Dubai, Canada

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
River cruising, Ocean cruising, Africa

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Never leave home without travel insurance.

Contact Noel

 

Lauren YorkYork_Lauren
West Lakes Shop

When did you start with RAA: 
February 2014

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2010

What countries have you travelled to: 
Thailand, Laos, Bali, Fiji, New Zealand, USA (West Coast), Singapore, Malaysia

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
USA, Europe, Round the World airfares

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 
Don't touch anything in mini bars as you now get charged!

Contact Lauren

 

Narissa SwakerSwaker_Narissa
Mt Gambier Shop 

When did you start with RAA: 
December 1995

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
1995 Domestic Travel & 2013 International Travel

What countries have you travelled to: 
Hawaii, France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, England, Ireland,Thailand (Bangkok/Phuket), New Zealand, Bali, Singapore and most of Australia, South Pacific Cruising, London, Europe

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
European Coach Touring, South Pacific Cruising & Independent Asia touring

What is your #1 Travel Tip: 

  • Time is money – make the most of every minute
  • When converting currencies always think about how much you would pay for the item at home

Contact Narissa


Michelle TwiggerTwigger_Michelle

Victor Harbor Shop 

When did you start with RAA: 
September 2016

What year did you start working in the Travel Industry: 
2004

What countries have you travelled to: 
Hawaii, France, Fiji, Vanuatu, Italy, New Caledonia, Malaysia, Germany, Vietnam, Swaziland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Czech Republic, England, Macau, Thailand, China, Bali, Singapore, Borneo, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, USA (West Coast), Mexico, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Poland, Slovakia and all of Australia, South Pacific Cruising, London, Mexico cruising and Mediterranean cruising.

What are the top three areas you specialise in: 
Cruising, Europe and Southern Africa

What is your #1 Travel Tip:
Be flexible, take plenty of photos and stay hydrated (especially on long haul flights)

Contact Michelle