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Caroline Peers Noakes

Not Just Travel

I have a passion for travelling, I love learning about the history and culture of different places, and the languages and geography. I love the feeling of independence it gives me when I go off on my own and manage to circumnavigate the globe. I spent about 4 years backpacking, starting off with a few months in Greece, Turkey and Israel, then 18 months in Egypt. I also travelled for 10 months in Asia, a year in Australia, and 6 months in South America. I visited Africa and New Zealand and North America, and lots of other different places. I just couldn’t get enough, so I started working in travel.I spent about 6 years working for various travel companies, from Wexas International, Royal Brunei Airlines, and Thomson Direct, to USIT Campus (which was based on a student market), and in between that I would go off on my own different trips. I kept coming back and saving to go again. It was great fun!

Then when I finally came home, I decided to train as a teacher. It was something I had always wanted to do since I was a child. My degree was in English and I loved the imagination of writing and reading, and inspiring that in young people. But, teaching had become so regimented and so full of grammar that over time I got really disillusioned with it. And then my husband told me that the thing that I speak about with the most passion, is travel! I decided he was right, and that as I turned 50 last year, it was time to do something I was really passionate about.

I bought the travel franchise because the challenge lies in the fact that it's my own business and I have to make it work. I love the variety of the different products I can offer, which is pretty much everything, from cottages in the UK to trips around the world. I can sell anything - you name it. I love that variety, because that’s very much what I did when I was travelling - exploring everywhere, doing everything and I like being able to offer that to my clients. I love planning Itineraries for people as well: it’s fascinating to learn what they would enjoy, but also to plan it for them when they have no idea where to go or where to avoid.

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