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SANDRINGHAM, VIC 3191
Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
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Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
Opening HoursMon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat, Sun: Closed
About Freedman Langhorne & James Travel Associates
Tony Freedman and Mark Langhorne have been acquaintances and on-and-off colleagues for 15 years. Two years ago they combined their 40-odd years of travel industry experience to create Freedman, Langhorne & James Travel Associates. Together they lead a team of seven experienced travel advisors at a boutique travel agency with a remarkable wealth of expertise.
“Many people comment on how airy and inviting our Sandringham office is,” says Mark. “It’s important to be able to welcome clients into a professional yet relaxed environment, so we can sit down and nut out every detail of their ideal holiday.”
The team loves using their experience to improve client holidays. Mark comments: “In my 20 years in the industry I’ve gathered all this information that helps to make my clients’ experience that little bit better. Whether it’s eating in a certain restaurant or knowing what room to ask for in a hotel, my experience counts towards enhancing their holiday.”
Freedman, Langhorne & James Travel Associates is based in Sandringham, Victoria. Personal travel consultation is available by appointment from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
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Few people get the chance to go on a journey to Antarctica. Even fewer, witness Humpback and Minke Whales swimming close to their expedition boat.
But the more you get to know Tony, the more you realise, no country is off topic, and no travel aspiration is too lofty.
In fact, you might go as far to say, this travel manager specialises in complex itineraries. A client recently approached Tony requesting a long holiday through Europe, and Tony was able to negotiate last minute hotel bookings, premium tours, and secure the necessary visa requirements. "Tony demonstrated the highest level of professionalism, and on-the-ground knowledge of multiple cities," client, Christopher, said. "The pre-travel administrative process was seamless and the travel experience itself was enhanced markedly thanks to Tony's recommendations."
It’s easy to suggest a mind-blowing itinerary with a wealth of personal travel experience under your belt. Tony has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Japan, Darwin and Far North Queensland.
He is also an expert on Asia, having spent five years travelling his way through Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, China and Vietnam. He spent some time working in Osaka, Japan and it’s a good thing he stopped there for a while, as it’s where he met his now wife!
If you’re after a holiday idea swathed with mystery and magic, ask Tony about Bhutan – the land of happiness. He rates this as one of his most memorable travel destinations, and who would blame him, given its dramatic landscapes and mountain-high monasteries. He says he'll also never forget trekking the Indian Himalayas and camping overnight near the Gangotri Glacier – a primary source of the Ganges.
Over the course of his career, Tony has developed a special interest in planning romantic honeymoons, fun family escapes, multi-generational excursions and cruise holidays. But he’s all ears to what you have in mind!
Meet Mark, the self-proclaimed “aircraft nut”. He is an expert at putting together amazing airfares. “I know what planes are what, and their configurations, which definitely helps to make for a better holiday experience,” he says.
But to say his expertise ends there would be a lie. Mark has been in the industry for an impressive 18 years and is Co-Manager of Freedman Langhorne & Turner Travel Associates.
Though he can master all kinds of itineraries, Mark has a knack for planning travel to remote areas. “I love the Faroe Islands,” he says. “It’s just one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I’ve sent a few different clients there and hearing how much they loved it will keep me in this job for years to come.”
He's also been to Greenland and says it's worth visiting for the people alone. Then, of course, there are the icebergs. “It’s just spectacular, to see an iceberg the size of 5 city blocks rise above you in the water, as you cruise past it in your zodiac,” Mark says. “And if you love wildlife, you’ll love it here because you can see polar bears in their natural environment and witness whales swimming right by you.”
If South America is on your bucket list, Mark has some great suggestions for Peru and Bolivia. “I’m lucky enough to have been to Machu Picchu twice, once in the beautiful sunshine, and once in eerie grey, dark clouds,” he says. “It’s just such a spiritual place, it really puts your life in perspective.”
Mark says there's a time for luxury and a time to live like the locals do. "Ride into the city of La Paz on a rickety old bus!" he says. "As you come over the hill into the Bolivian city, you will see it unfold in front of you and it's a sight that will stick with you forever."
What other travel gems can Mark suggest, to keep you away from the tourist traps? You'll have to see him find out.
Given the chance to visit anywhere in the world, Jo would choose India – every time. Why? "India changes you," she says. "You don't return from India the same person as when you left."
Jo says India gets under your skin and leaves you with a whole new appreciation and level of respect for life. “The landscapes are breathtaking, the culture is majestic, and the people stay in your hearts forever,” says Jo.
Speaking to Jo, it soon becomes evident that she enjoys planning holidays that help people to ‘switch off' and find a new perspective. "Travelling can teach you that we don't need very much to be happy. We could all learn to live more simply."
Jo says few places provide as great a sense of detachment as the Arctic. “You can spot polar bears, see icebergs as big as skyscrapers and witness the Northern Lights all in one amazing expedition,” she says.
If you enjoy a few more creature comforts, ask Jo about one of the best places to stay in Ubud. She knows an incredible wellness resort with a focus on healthy food and the mind-body connection. She says the coconut banana crepes there are worth going for alone!
Considering a holiday in the USA this year? Jo has an excellent itinerary suggestion for Hawaii. “I know a great drive that encompasses the best of the ocean and country landscapes,” she says. “I’ll even suggest a spot where you can stop for lunch – it does the world’s best grilled fish!”
With 19 years experience as a Travel Manager, you can essentially approach Jo with any country, timeframe and budget and trust she will design you an unforgettable holiday.
For some of us, travelling can seem like a mad rush to tick off a several different countries and get that perfect Instagram shot in front of some famous sights.
Travel Manager, Rachel Visser, offers her clients some indispensible advice: slow down, don’t rush, do it well. It’s something we could all take stock of. “You need to stop long enough to really embrace and absorb the destination you’re in,” advises Rachel. “It’s the only way to get a feel for the local people and authentic culture.”
Does Rachel practice what she preaches? Her stories would suggest, yes. Take for example, the time she visited Kenya. Rachel’s fondest memory of this rich and expansive country, is of watching children and their mothers wash by a river. Rachel says sometimes it’s the smallest details that we remember. “I’ll also never forget meeting the Maasai Warriors for the first time,” she reminisces. “And being up close to the wild animals!”
Speaking to Rachel, it soon becomes obvious this Travel Manager has a passion for nature and wildlife. One of the greatest holidays she has put together for a client was a dogsledding experience in Alaska. “My client adores Huskies,” she explains. “So I arranged for her to visit Denali National Park. She said it was the experience of a lifetime!”
While Rachel is an avid outdoor enthusiast, she is also passionate about food and loves a good cocktail as much as the next person. If you’re off to New York City anytime soon, be sure to ask her about an amazing walking foodie tour in Greenwich Village. She can also tip you off about where to get the best coffee and the perfect spot for a hearty Sunday lunch.
So, for the perfect blend of natural wonder and man-made delights, speak to Rachel about your next holiday.
If you’ve ever doubted the need for a travel agent, you might like to tune into this story from Amy. “A client of mine needed to go to London urgently because her father was sick but the flights were all extremely full,” recalls Amy. “I phoned up an airline representative I knew, who not only found space on a flight for her but upgraded her as well. It allowed her to rest during a stressful commute and she arrived a little more refreshed than she otherwise would have.”
It’s those kinds of situations where 15 years of industry experience can make all the difference. Amy still remembers her very first trip overseas, though, all those years ago.
“I spent five weeks travelling around Spain, Portugal and Morocco, with a side trip to Finland," Amy recalls. A self-proclaimed ‘foodie', Amy enjoyed tasting her way through Spain and trying the various local dishes of each region. "Eating tortillas for breakfast in the city square in Salamanca, then hopping from tapas spot to tapas spot in San Sabastian are some of my favourite memories."
If you too have a particular interest in gourmet food, ask Amy about the unforgettable 7-course degustation dinner she experienced in Tokyo or the time she was treated to a Champagne Buffet at the famous Raffles establishment in Singapore. "For a real treat, I recommend ‘Dining On The Rocks' in Koh Samui, she says. "The food is, of course, delightful but what's more, you get to enjoy a 270-degree view of the ocean!"
A lot of travellers say once you've experienced the ease of cruising, you won't go back to independent travelling. Amy can relate, after having a positive first cruise experience, in 2010. "I love the variety and value for money that cruises offer," she says. "Whether you're a couple or a family, there are cruises to suit every style of traveller and budget. You simply unpack once and choose how little or how much you'd like to see at the various ports you visit. All the while, you have everything you could possibly need to make your holiday an enjoyable one, at your fingertips."
Amy says it can be overwhelming diving into the world of cruising if you're a novice and this is where an experienced cruiser and travel consultant can help you make the right choice. She has great insider knowledge, such as, the ability to book a seat at the ‘chef's table'. “It’s a very special and limited opportunity, which allows you to have a look behind the scenes of the cruise kitchen,” she teases.
For more travelling tips and tricks, make an appointment with Amy.
Rather than ask Gemma where she has travelled to, you’d be better off asking where is left for her to explore. Fiercely curious, Gemma has lived and worked in three different continents. Add to that, 20-odd other countries she has visited.
After being a resident of the UK for twenty years, Gemma traded in cups of tea for Cosmopolitan cocktails and put roots down in the United States of America.
While living in Vali, Colorado, Gemma explored everything America had to offer, from the vast desert of Utah to the awe-inspiring Rockies. “I love the diversity of the USA!” Gemma says. “It offers something for every type of traveller.”
If you haven’t yet gathered, Gemma loves the outdoors and getting back to nature. Take for example, the time she went walking through the African bush, and spotted a huge bull elephant watching her from the other side of the river. Or when she stumbled across a little lion cub, hiding behind a rock, waiting for its mother to return with the spoils of an early morning hunt. “Once you have experienced Africa, it stays with you forever,” she says.
Despite having explored so much of the world, Gemma says she rates travelling here in Australia, just as highly. Last year, she was fortunate enough to experience an air safari over Lake Eyre and through Wilpena Pound, in the Flinders Ranges. “What amazed me most of all was the colours of our landscape and the breathtaking scenery,” says Gemma. “I’m passionate about selling Australian experiences. I especially love the Kimberley and its diversity!” From flying over the Bungle Bungles to staying in the Eco Beach Resort, Gemma can offer an Australian experience to suit your style.
Though knowledgeable in many areas, adventure travel is her expertise. She loves sending people to explore unusual destinations. “I’m currently working on an itinerary for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan!”
You’ve got to see her face light up in person, to get a feel for just how zealous this travel manager is.
Amanda has visited more than 30 countries. Her journeys have taken her from the pyramids of Egypt to Pope-spotting in Vatican City; from the vast boreal forests of Sweden to sipping signature slings in Singapore. And that’s just the tip of her travel iceberg.
Topping the list, as her most remarkable experience, is the time she went camping in Africa. “I’ll never forget lying in a tent at night and listening to the lions roar,” Amanda recalls. “The night came to life with animals. There was so much energy! It was a truly magical holiday.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum, is a memorable five-star stay at a gorgeous hotel in Italy. “Italy is one of those places where it’s worth paying a bit extra for a luxurious hotel. The attention to detail is unrivalled,” says Amanda. “Grand Hotel Capodimonte, in Sorrento, was worth every cent.”
Ask her about her homestay experience in Peru, and how you too can get an insider look into authentic local life in South America. In fact, with 12 years industry experience and a Certificate 3 in Travel and Tourism, you can just about ask Amanda any travel query and be met with a helpful, insightful response.
Both passionate and supportive, Amanda is one of those expert travel managers you dream of having arrange your next holiday. If you are in the beautiful neighbourhood of Sandringham, Melbourne, be sure to stop in and see Amanda. You won’t regret it.