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Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
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Sat, Sun: Closed
About Dare & Turner Travel Associates
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You could argue that the Gold Coast - the location of Nathan’s business - is a holiday destination in itself but for this long-time travel manager, it’s all work and little play.
After working as a leading Travel Manger for more than 15 years, Nathan is brimming with great tips, which can transform a regular holiday into a remarkable one.
First off the rank, he says: never fly internally in Europe or the USA. “If time permits, use the trains,” he says. “The rail networks are excellent quality and can save you a lot of money!”
In the same vein, Nathan says using local transport can give you a valuable inside look at the life and culture of people in a new destination. “Whenever I visit a new city, I will try and get around using the local transport for at least one day of my itinerary,” he says.
Nathan loves packing a lot of exploration into one day then retiring to a comfortable bed at the end of the day. “It’s the best of both worlds,” he says. “Immerse yourself fully in the culture and surrender to whatever may come your way that day but later, retreat to a nice space. It allows you to wake up feeling refreshed the next morning and make the most of your entire time away." Nathan practices what he preaches and always avoids the ‘lead-in' listing at a hotel. "Sometimes you only have to spend a little bit more to get a whole lot more from your accommodation!"
If you've been contemplating a trip to China this year, be sure to speak to Nathan first. He has some incredible stories, which will inspire you to steer away from the tourist traps and seek an authentic, local experience. "I was lucky enough to meet some locals from a remote Chinese farm," he recalls. "I played Mahjong with them, on some upturned crates. It was pretty crazy to look up from the game and see the Great Wall in the distance. We drank Tsingtao, ate dumplings and communicated through laughter. I'll never forget it."
When he’s not busy running the office, sending clients on great holidays or travelling himself, Nathan enjoys playing golf. And yes, he has played golf over the world. So if you’re looking to find the perfect green in a far away place, ask Nathan to tell you about the 14 different countries he has teed off in!
"Despite being a Travel Manager for almost 25 years, I still look forward to coming to work,” says Brigid. “When my holidays come to an end, I’m happy to jump back in and start planning other people’s!”
It’s no surprise that Brigid, who has been travelling since the young age of four, has some amazing travel tales. From the bustling markets of Myanmar to the medieval streets of Morocco, her experience spans several continents and countless cities.
She says it’s almost impossible to isolate one special travel memory but diving at Isla del Coco, off the coast of Costa Rica, is up there with the best. “I watched hundreds of Hammerhead sharks swim just metres above me,” Brigid recalls. “It made me feel so small, vulnerable and humble to be a part of our great ocean.”
Talking to Brigid, you soon realise she enjoys immersing herself in unusual landscapes and getting up close and personal with wildlife. What better place to relish both of these experiences than Antarctica? Brigid was brave enough to do a polar swim and camp out on the ice for one night. "It sounds crazy," she says. "But trust me, you'll regret it if you don't try it!" She says nothing makes you realise how far you are from civilisation than waking up to a penguin in your tent!
You don't have to venture to the end of the world to make great travel memories, though. Brigid has some great suggestions for safari tours through South Africa or hiring a car to explore St Barts in the Caribbean.
Brigid says for an eclectic mix of travel experiences, you can’t look past Latin America. “It’s oozing with passion and culture,” says Brigid. “It’s a destination that’s rich in diversity; I can’t think of many places that boast beautiful oceans and such grand mountains, within close proximity of each other.”
Brigid just loves crafting boutique holiday itineraries, no matter how near of far, great or small. “It doesn’t matter where you choose to go, or what you choose to get up to while you’re there,” Brigid says. “As long as you’re out there exploring this magical planet of ours, you can do no wrong.”
Nicole has been turning travel dreams into reality for an impressive 26 years.
She has travelled to more than 35 countries and says she applies her leanings from her own adventures to enhance the trips of her clients. She takes great pride in researching the best possible deals for her clients, whether it’s a snow holiday in Canada, cultural escape to China or flop-and-drop retreat in the Cook Islands.
This experienced Travel Manager will be with you at every stage of your travel booking, from the moment you come into the office and enquire to the time your plane lifts off the runway.
She says one of the parts she loves most about her job, is hearing the travel stories when a client returns. “It’s important to me that my clients have a fun and stress-free experience,” she says. “So I just love seeing their faces light up as they recall some of their favourite parts of the trip!”
Whilst she is happy to assist with any kind of itinerary, Nicole says she especially enjoys planning a cruise expedition. “Once you go on a cruise, you will never look back,” she says. “There’s something truly special about being able to watch the world glide by, as you sip on a glass of champagne.”
Quite the romantic, Nicole also loves planning honeymoons. Maybe you’d like to ride a hot air balloon over Myanmar, relax on the beaches of Mexico or stay in a luxury hotel in Macau. Either way, Nicole will ensure it feels different to all of your other holidays.
We think long-time client, Amanda, put it best when she said: I am confident with all of Nicole’s recommendations and suggestions. I know that any package she puts together for me, I will love.
Having travelled solo across many parts of the world, Tara has a wealth of knowledge about various destinations. From the harsh desert of Egypt to the soothing surrounds of French Polynesia. She says she is particularly passionate about adventure travel, especially in South America and Africa.
Many travellers have been to see Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro, but not many have experienced Semuc Champey in Guatemala. “Set deep in the jungle, you’ll find beautifully tiered limestone pools,” says Tara. “The journey to get there is an adventure in itself, then arriving at the pools and sliding into the water is just heavenly.”
If you’re interested in volunteering overseas or having a memorable wildlife encounter, ask Tara about working with spider monkey in the Amazon Jungle. She says the time she spent with these cheeky creatures in Bolivia, is something she’ll never forget.
Another of Tara’s favourite places is the Rocky Mountains, at the start of Autumn. "Nothing quite beats that feeling, of being on top of a mountain and having a 360-degree view of glistening glaciers, turquoise lakes, and squirrels scuttling at your feet," says Tara. "Then just when you think you've reached the safety of the level ground, a herd of moose can come stampeding past! You can't help but be filled with adrenalin feeling the earth shake like that!"
Tara enjoys coordinating all kinds of itineraries. In her 15 years working as a Travel Manager, she has helped people visit all kinds of places and achieve many different travel aspirations; from iconic big cities to weird and wonderful experiences.
“I had a client who was scared of fish and wanted to try and conquer her fear by learning to snorkel,” says Tara. “I sent her to the majestic Republic of Palau and put her in touch with some friends of mine who are scuba diving instructors. They looked after her, and she not only learned to snorkel but ending up becoming a certified scuba diver! To see her develop so much and swim with not only fish but manta rays and reef sharks was so rewarding!”
Tara says planning a holiday is one thing, but helping out a client is what makes this job really enjoyable.
There are holidays, and then there are Kate Goodbun’s holidays. Bursting with energy and overflowing with curiosity, Kate has a skill for unlocking all the possible facets of an overseas destination: amazing scenery, wildlife, great food, local people and authentic culture.
One of her fondest personal travel memories is trekking to Everest Base Camp. “It was the most rewarding travel I have ever done, both physically and mentally,” Kate says. “The Nepalese people are so welcoming, kind and warm. The mountains are enormous and breathtaking. Every day was as challenging as it was satisfying.”
If active or adventurous travel is your style, Kate will jump at the opportunity to put together an itinerary that is guaranteed to take your breath away – figuratively and literally.
A lover of the great outdoors, it comes as no surprise that Kate is a passionate skier. Canada is one of her favourite countries, and believe it or not, she has skied most of its mountain resorts! For advice on how to get the most out of your next snow holiday, both on and off the tracks, be sure to speak to Kate first.
Speaking of Canada, Kate is reminded of one of her greatest client memories. “A lady I had been looking after for more than 10 years decided she wanted to go and see bears in the wild,” Kate recalls. “Together, we planned an amazing trip which entailed a small ship expedition along the coastline of Canada, finishing at Katmai Wilderness lodge in Alaska.” Kate lights up as she reminisces about the client’s experience. “She loved it so much that she went back again the next year, to see the bears for a second time, in a different season,” Kate says.
Creating impressionable holidays like this one is the reason why Kate continues to love her job, after over 15 years in the industry. Whether you’re looking to bathe in a Japanese onsen, or wine-taste your way through New Zealand, Kate will plan your holiday with same dedication as if it were her own.
What do you do when a client wants to visit two specific destinations, on opposite sides of the world? Plan an around-the-world itinerary, of course! That’s what Travel Manager, Russell, would do anyway and his creativity is well revered. “It ended up only costing a little extra than if she had only visited those two places,” Russell said. “She said it turned out to be the trip of a lifetime!”
Russell personifies the old adage: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. He thrives on planning adventures in remote areas, that aren't always easy to get to and enjoys putting together complex or difficult itineraries (luckily someone out there wants to!).
His holiday suggestions are not always a walk in the park, but then again, we can do that at home, right? Russell believes when we travel, it’s worth putting in a bit more effort to reap greater rewards.
He suggests trekking to the Schilthorn in Central Switzerland. “The views from the summit are unrivalled!” he says. Or, if you’re heading to Peru, climb the Huayna Picchu peak to get what he calls a ‘condors view’ of the wondrous ruins and grand surrounds.
In fact, South America is one of his favourite places, from the buzzing atmosphere of Argentina to the infamous wildlife of the Amazon. “Where else can you come across such fascinating history, beautiful people and grand beauty, all in the one place?” he says.
“There are so many unexplained wonders, you can’t help but be fascinated when you go there. Even if you don’t consider yourself much of a history buff, the variety of wildlife and cultures still places it as one of the best destinations in the world!”
Having worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years certainly has its perks. “Aside from being able to use my experience to help clients with their holiday plans, I am lucky to have visited destinations at different times and see them evolve,” he says. “I will never forget travelling through Vietnam in the late 90’s. It was a golden stage of Vietnam’s history. Its sheer beauty and its humble people struck me and I love that I saw it in this raw state before tourism really affected it.” Russell says it is still definitely worth a visit and recommends the Cholon district in Ho Chi Minh City. “It’s got a vibrant pulse and offers everything for all the senses”
For substantial travelling insights, which will transcend the best of travel brochures, speak to Russell.
There’s a famous travel quote, which says: “A mind that’s stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”
Travel Manager, Jane, can relate to this quote and the time she met a special man in Vietnam. “Vietnam’s incredible sights and sounds will always hold a special place in my heart,” she says. “It’s where I met my now-partner, Russell, and it’s crazy to think what my life would be like right now had I not embarked on that adventure!”
Jane says for a magical morning in Hanoi, wake up early, find a rooftop and watch the sun rise. “It’s something I’ll treasure forever,” she says. “The Hoam Kiem lake was so serene. I watched the locals practice Tai Chi as the city started to come to life. Then afterwards, enjoyed a great coffee and croissant – it was a surreal day!”
It’s just one of Jane’s many amazing travel experiences. “I know I’m lucky to say this: I will never forget flying First Class!” she says. “Business class is more affordable than ever these days and can make such an exceptional difference to your whole holiday.” For the inside scoop on flight deals, it’s clear you need to speak to Jane.
After over two decades in the industry, she can master any itinerary request but says she has a special knack for coordinating group holidays. “I really enjoy working with schools, sporting clubs or musical groups,” she says. “I know how to negotiate extra baggage allowance and put together a plan that’s orderly but flexible. It can go a long way to making a group experience less stressful and more memorable.”
Jane says you don’t have to venture too far to have an outstanding holiday. For family vacations, she loves Fiji. “From the white, sandy beaches to the colourful reefs and beautiful Fijian culture, it has something for everyone,” she says.\
“Bali still has so much magic too, you just need to know the best spots to go,” Jane advises. “I know the red-eye flights can be a real drag but a great pool, spa and meal package can fix that!”
It’s evident: Jane is one of those proficient consultants who is able to recommend a unique activity or renowned restaurant no matter what destination you put to her. For a holiday that will really stretch your mind, see Jane.
Are you one of those rare people for whom travel is synonymous with fitness? Travel Manager, Rachel, is of the same ilk.
When most of us think about travelling to Hawaii, we get excited about the stunning beaches or the great shopping scene. For Rachael, it was all about competing in Ironman! Rachael says this makes her the perfect agent for anyone who finds themselves travelling regularly for big events. “I love organising sports-related travel,” she says. “Be it a triathlon, marathon, or cycling contest, I know what’s it’s like to travel overseas in the name of a big race!” (You’ll be pleased to know she did manage to unwind with a trip to Hawaii’s Black Lava fields and made the most of her stay in the luxurious Fairmont Orchid Hotel.)
Rachel tackles holiday planning with the same vigour as she does her sports. No request is too hard, and she gives it her all. You only have to ask about some of the experiences she has planned for clients to gain an idea of her incredible efforts. “I once organised for some clients to go to the Royal Windsor Horseshow,” she recalls. “I even managed for them to have evening drinks with Her Royal Highness and Prince Phillip!”
So what does this experienced agent get up to when she’s not training or liaising with royalty? “I love skiing,” Rachael says. “The best ski experience I’ve had would be in the French Alps. You can ski to a different village each day and stop for a delicious lunch made with fresh produce. If you’ve got enough energy come the end of the day, there are also great pubs and night clubs!”
Rachel ranks East Africa as one of the greatest destinations, given its vast open spaces and prevalence of amazing animals. "I'll never forget being surrounded by a herd of elephants while sitting in an open-topped 4WD," she says.
Don’t be mistaken; Rachael does know how to relax and a couple of great places to switch off. “I love visiting Scotland because you can basically pick any place and be certain you’re going to have a good time,” she says. “If I had to choose one though I would say the Isle of Mull. It’s simple but so stunning – and you’ll experience wonderful Scottish hospitality!”
So, for an unparalleled holiday experience, see Scotland-loving, sports-fiend Rachael. She’ll coordinate your overseas adventure at a cracking pace.
Through travelling, we come to better understand humanity, including the depths of kindness we are all capable of sharing and experiencing. Travel Manager, Adam, knows this all too well, following a surprisingly pleasant experience in Ireland.
“We were driving through the snow in the southern part of Ireland on Christmas Eve, looking for accommodation,” says Adam. “We found a warm, little country pub where everyone seemed really welcoming and friendly. We stayed and had a pint of Guinness and ended up meeting the owner of a local B&B. Although his business was closed down for the Christmas period, he allowed us to stay there for the night. We thought we were going to be in for a very cold night in the car but thanks to the kindness of these strangers, we ended up having an incredibly memorable Christmas in Ireland!”
When he’s not busy exploring the UK, you’ll most likely find Adam feasting on the culinary delights of Asia. In addition to the great food, he loves the culture and amazing scenery. He says it’s almost impossible to isolate his favourite Asian destination but if he had to choose, he’d say Vietnam. “I love its beautiful French Colonial architecture,” says Adam.
"If you visit Hoi An, I recommend going to the KOTO restaurant. It's an acronym for: Know One, Teach One and is a charitable restaurant that aims to local Vietnamese kids off the streets by teaching them hospitality skills. Not only will you get served great food, you will leave feeling happy knowing you helped someone less fortunate get ahead in life."
Adam also knows of an epic bar in Cambodia where you have to cross over a live crocodile pit to access the toilets! “Don’t have too many drinks,” he advises. “You need to keep your wits about you!”
This is not the only high-adrenalin animal encounter Adam has had. After living in London for three years, he travelled through Africa before venturing back Down Under. “I’ll never forget camping on the Serengeti amongst the wildlife,” he says. “I’d also suggest sailing on the crystal waters of Zanzibar, it’s spectacular.”
If you've been on the hunt for a knowledgeable - more importantly, kind - Travel Manager, you need to book an appointment with Adam.