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.
About the business
As your Personal Travel Expert, I'm here to make planning your next holiday stress-free and easy. Whether you know exactly what you want or need some travel inspiration, I'll use my knowledge and expertise to create a bespoke holiday you’ll love. From the whole package to those finishing touches such as car hire and travel insurance, I've got you covered!