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May 2016.
Carnival Legend

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?
Vanuatu and New Caledonia with Carnival Cruises on the Carinval Legend, and was lucky enough to explore the lovely and unique little islands as we cruised.

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?
12 nights on a relaxing getaway trip with my lovely sister.

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?!
Virgin Australia took me from Melbourne to Sydney and back.
We had coffee, tea and snacks provided by friendly flight staff and wifi on board! 23kg of luggage meant we got to take all our snazzy holiday clothes too.

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?
The beautiful beaches and reefs of Mare Island, New Caledonia. The sand was white and the water was crystal clear and made for great snorkelling.
The Mare people set up barbeques and drink stalls so we could sample to local cuisine and meet the people that lived on the island.
Also meeting so many friendly and lovely, similar minded people on the Cruise who made our time away a blast. It was hard to leave our new friends on the last day.

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?
Coming home to cold Melbourne winter weather.

6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?
I tried everything, I don’t think I could pick favourite.

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?
Mare and Lifou so I could eat, swim and snorkel all day long.

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?
Meet some new people and learn something new, opt for a shared dining table – You never know who you will meet!

Fiji – August 2016- Susie

Susie Post Holiday Interview
Fiji- August 2016

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?

Fiji, Radisson Blu Denarau & The Intercontinental Golf Resort & Spa in Natadola

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?

Husband Brad and son Sam ( 6 months )
4 nights at the Radisson and 5 nights at the Intercontinental

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?

Flew with Qantas to Sydney and Fiji Airways from Sydney to Nadi and Fiji Airways from Nadi to Melbourne. Staff friendly and all on time. We flew business class. The Qantas domestic flight from Melbourne to Sydney was brilliant new seats. Fiji airways had a newer seat from Sydney but the older style on the Melbourne route. Food & Drink is a lacking a little finesse but did the job. We were disappointed with the management of the bassinets though. The way over were were told we have them only to get on the plane and see that this aircraft only has them in the middle row in business class. On the way home we were told they couldn’t find any!! ( only to see two being used in the first rows of economy)

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?

The people are the highlight of Fiji! They really are very lovely. The beach at Natadola really is quite beautiful too.

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?

The kerfuffle with the bassinet seating- I can handle it because I know what to expect but would be annoyed if my clients had to deal with the same situation. Just lacks a bit of good management.

6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?

Ky’s Pecan Scrolls at the Intercontinental!

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?

I would go back to Fiji when the kiddies are old enough for kids club as they seemed to be having a brilliant time! I liked being in Denarau as you are not captive to one resort and the marina is developing a bit here too giving other dining and shopping outlets. There is also a water park and golf course here.

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?

Get your agent to check and re-check your bassinet seating! Whilst its never a guarantee anyway it will defiantly be something I will be checking for my clients in the future. Having a ground floor room is also very handy with a pram!

9 – ANYTHING ELSE?

It really is a great family destination, sunny days, nice people and good resorts. Most people are Australians. I wouldn’t recommend the Radisson if you didn’t have kiddies!They do have an adults only area but there are kids everywhere. The Intercontinental is a bigger resort and the adults pool is much more separate from the family pool. Food & Beverage was more expensive at the Intercon. We found the Radisson to be quite reasonable.

Winter Newsletter

W I N T E R

Hello Travellers,

Wow its Winter already, although it seems like our Summer lasted a little longer this year with some of those balmy April & May days.

As we always say, our Winter means it’s Summer pretty much around the rest of the world. Many of you are all booked and probably nearly packed ready to escape the winter chills.  For those of you who feel the cold, it’s not too late to book a warm getaway this winter. If you can, avoid school holidays and think about going away in late July through August as pricing is usually a little friendlier and availability is better during these months.

Some of you may have already spoken to our newest staff member Rochelle, but if you haven’t Rochelle started with us in February just in time before I went on maternity leave. Rochelle is a wizz on airfares and loves building rapport with her clients. Be sure to say hi next time you are in. She is currently cruising her way around the South Pacific;  you can read her pre holiday interviewhere

There is an interesting read on the use of a Travel Agent vs booking online. We know everyone reading this email are already very smart, intelligent travellers that use brilliant agents, but just in case you need a reminder here are the facts from a recent study in the U.S:

A very recent research report by ASTA in the US, but very relevant to Aussie travel agents, proved that consumers are saved time and money when using a travel agent. They were saved on average, $452usd per trip and approximately 4 hours of their time. Another important finding was that the surveyed consumers said that their travel agents helped them avoid costly mistakes.

In a 12 month period, 47% of the polled consumers booked travel through supplier websites, followed by 25% with online travel agency websites, and 23% directly with individual travel agents. That 23% was the highest share of the findings in three years demonstrating that consumers are moving back to the travel agent.
*source, Going Expert

You may or may not be a Game Of Thrones fan but either way the settings for this show are just breathtaking! I found this article listing a few of the hotspots… seeing as “Winter is coming”, maybe you should check these places out for real… Click here to see the destinations

I also stumbled across these world traveller watches the other day which could be a good bon voyage gift for your loved ones!

We have recently changed the system we use for our database email blasts. If you have received this email and have previously un-subscribed then please let us know so we can update your preferences.  

Below are our regular sections for your enjoyment and if there is anything you would like us to include in future newsletters please just drop us a line. 

Be sure to follow us on social media via the links below for up to date information, inspiration and a bit of fun! We also love receiving your photos from your holidays so please send them in so we can share in our newsletters.

We are now on Pintrest!  If you would like to follow us, search East Ivanhoe Travel & Cruise. 

Until next time we wish you safe and happy travels

Susie & The Team 
#neverstoptravelling

Travelling Tips

Check the pre paid rates of airport parking on the Melbourne Airport website. I have used this facility many times now and find it can sometimes be cheaper and easier than a taxi/car or off airport parking. Tip: The Business Car Park is the easiest to get in and out of and is ideal for Qantas passengers.

If you are doing more than two substantial overseas trips in a year then you may want to consider an annual Travel Insurance Policy as this often works out more cost effective than multiple policies. 

“Smartraveller” now have a great app you can download on your smart phone

Quote of the Quarter

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money” – Susan Heller

Fun Facts

China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year

From bottom to top, Mount Everest is not the world’s tallest mountain. Mauna Kea in Hawaii is about 1 km (3280 feet) taller

London’s “Big Ben” is not the tower. It’s the bell inside it

Rochelle Pre-Holiday Interview

ROCHELLE STEWART

SOUTH PACIFIC CRUISE MAY 2016

 

1 – WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

South West Pacific including Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Isle of Pines and Mystery Island.

 

2 – WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?

11 night cruise on board Carnival Spirit with my sister – girls trip!

 

3 – WHO ARE YOU FLYING WITH AND WHY?

We are flying up to Sydney with Virgin Australia.   We chose Virgin for their service and reliability and they include luggage and snacks on board too.

We are staying the night before the cruise at the Four Seasons at the Rocks.   This hotel is in a great location and close to the pier for easy access to the cruise the following day.   There are also lots of restaurants and cafes and with those harbour views what a good way to start our holiday.

 

4 – WHAT OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT ARE YOU TAKING?

No, just the cruise and the flights.

 

5 – WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT SEEING & DOING?

The Four Seasons hotel!!

I am excited to unpack once when we join the ship but still being able to see different destinations and to explore a different culture around the South Pacific.   

 

6 – ARE YOU REVISITING PLACES YOU HAVE BEEN BEFORE?

No, this is an all new experience.

 

7 – WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT EATING?

The Nouveau Restaurant on board – the five star specialty restaurant; a gastro degustation extravaganza!

The ship has also redone their cafes and have added a new burger bar and Mexican grill.  

 

8 – YOUR BEST TRAVELLING TIP?

Always travel with an open mind and be ready to try anything and everything!   

SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2015

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Hello Travellers,

Welcome to our last newsletter for 2015!

Spring always seems to go so fast and as soon as it ends, the countdown to Christmas and the New Year begins!

It’s a great time of year (besides the traffic and shopping centre car parks) to enjoy the company of your family and friends under the glorious Australian sun or if you are heading to the winter in the northern hemisphere we hope you get your White Christmas!

So a few things have been happening since our last newsletter…….

Unfortunately, as we all know, there have been more tragedies around the world.   These are very sad times for the victims of these terrible events and as Christmas draws near we all wish for some kind of peace.

As travellers, we are fortunate to have a unique perspective and understand that although those affected speak a different language and are miles away from our own homes, they are people just like us.   Travelling affords us a broader insight into the world, its different people and cultures, and a better understanding of our place in it.   Travelling allows us to connect with and empathize with those around us and surely this is more important now than ever before.
Never stop travelling.

It’s also a good time to remind everyone of the importance of registering withwww.smarttraveller.gov.au   In case of any emergency, be it man-made or from mother-nature, the Australian Government uses this information to be able to contact you and assist if necessary.   It is free, quick and easy to use and will also give you valuable and up to date information on the destinations you are visiting.

On a lighter note, as life must go on…..

Jannene had a wonderful time in Europe and New Zealand recently; you can read about them here and here

I have also been on the move leaving poor Robyn to fend for herself in the office for a fair few days. (She’s a keeper that one!)

Our office was in the top 16 in the country in the network group we are part of.  (Concorde Agency Network) so as a reward for this we were taken to Tasmania for a lovely long weekend.  You can have a little read about it here.

Then as another reward (we are very popular you see) I was off to Darwin for a very quick weekend to celebrate being a ‘Global Achiever” with Qantas & Viva Holidays.  Jannene also achieved this award but was too busy eating crepes in the South of France. Global Achievers are the top 150 sales consultants, nationwide across all agency networks.
I have written a tiny bit about it here.

Then if that wasn’t enough I was off to escort the first Flack Studios Architecture Tour to Los Angeles & Palm Springs. What a brilliant trip it was, everything worked out perfectly. The group was amazing and the sights we got to see were truly memorable. Even though I’m not an interior designer or architect I really enjoyed seeing the Case Study houses especially the Eames House and also the Sheats/Goldstein House.   It was even better watching the participants in the group tick these things off their bucket lists!
We are taking expressions of interest for the 2016 LA & Palm Springs tour, you don’t have to be a designer or architect but you need to be an enthusiast and ready for a good time. Stay tuned for details in the near future.

We also have a special small group journey to South Africa departing 27 August 2016 lead by multi-award winning wildlife artist, Pete Marshall.   The tour features special inclusions specifically designed for artists such as extended visits Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzee Eden & the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre with up close & personal encounters & plenty of time to sketch.   Space is extremely limited on this small group departure so please register your interest early to avoid disappointment!
On a personal level, I am excited to be expecting my first baby in March 2016. Maybe the next generation of Travel Agent for East Ivanhoe? I won’t be gone for too long and I plan to be back in November and of course some odd days here and there throughout the year.

If we don’t see you before Christmas and 2016, we wish you all a safe , happy and peaceful festive season but we will be sure to send you an email before then!

Below are our regular sections for your enjoyment.

Remember to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @eitravel for up to date news and beautiful pics from around the world. (Especially the Flack Tours ones, search #flackstudiosarchitecturetour2015)

As we say, never stop travelling!

Susie & The Team
@ East Ivanhoe Travel & Cruise
TRAVELLING TIPS

More now than ever we urge to you use the Smart Traveller website to register and keep up to date with current situations around the world. It is very difficult to find reliable, un-inflated media sources when crises occur so we do find this website to be the most helpful for Australian Travellers. They have also just updated the website and launched apps for IPhone & Android.

I may have shared this with you before but it’s a document I made a while ago to help you become better travellers! Most of you are already “The Seasoned Traveller” , but have a look anyway and if you ever want any other advice on travelling all you have  to do is ask!  Click here.

 

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER 

“There is no way I was born to just pay bills and die”    -anonymous traveller

 

FUN FACTS

Did you know that more Australian travellers have their passports stolen in Italy than any other country?

That more Australians are in hospital in the USA than anywhere else

There are approximately 61,000 people flying over the U.S. at any given time.

Traveling and experiencing new cultures can make you smarter.

(Well, we all knew that didn’t we???)

Honolulu is the only place in the U.S that has a Royal Palace.

 

READING

I posted this on social media a while ago…. I’m thinking of getting some as  company merchandise, what do you think?

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-07-21/why-this-travel-jacket-has-raised-more-than-1-million-on-kickstarter?fb=social

Just some fancy technology….

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-09-09/your-hotel-key-is-the-smartphone-you-already-own?fb=social

For some fun, follow Passenger Shaming (Facebook)

You will never put your feet on a seat again!

Also this page is a brilliant bucket list planner!

Places to see before you Die (Facebook)

Jannene Post Holiday Interview – Europe

JANNENE POST HOLIDAY INTERVIEW

EUROPE – SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2015

 

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?

The South of France, Spain and a 14 day River cruise from Amsterdam to Arles.

 

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?

I met Keith (my husband) in Nice. He had gone earlier to Scotland & England to visit friends as he does each year for a month. We were away just on a month  I left 25 September.

 

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?

I used my frequent flyer points and flew business class with Emirates on the way over. I visited my sister in Sydney on the way out so flew from Sydney to Dubai then onto Zurich. The Emirates A380 is a great aircraft and I do like their business class seats and service.

I  had and overnight at Zurich airport then the next day flew down to Nice.  The flight path was over the Swiss alps which was pretty special.

On the way paid to fly on Etihad  Business Class from Paris to Abu Dhabi to Melbourne.  The airport in Abu Dhabi is continually under construction( it is growing so fast).  The transit from one flight to another  was a bit hectic to say the least . When we arrived there were about 4 other flights arriving at the same time and we all had to go thru a security check at the same time, after that it all became quite civilized and orderly.

Etihads business class is also an excellent product and the chauffeur drive on both airlines are an added bonus.

 

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?

There were lots of highlights.   We did Nice, Monaco, Aix en Provence, Carcassone, Barcelona and Madrid before flying op to Amsterdam to join the river cruise from Amsterdam to Arles.

The cruise took 14 days, it really is a brilliant way to travel. Very relaxing and I always say that unpacking once for 14 days is just the best!!

Before we left, our Robyn, suggested that I visit Montseraat whilst in Barcelona and Toledo when in Madrid.  Both of these places, we would not have thought about but were definitely among the highlights.  Keith took over 1500 photos!!  So he was obviously impressed too!

After the cruise we caught a  train directly to Charles de Gaulle  Airport before heading home..  When we arrived at the airport in Paris we just went up the escalators and there we were right in the middle of the airport ready to check in, not sure if that was a highlight but i was impressed by the convenience!

 

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?

There wasn’t really a low light.  It was a bit of a hassle getting on and off trains, but fellow travellers were very helpful to us with our bags,

And whats a trip to Europe without being ripped off by a taxi driver??? (this one was in Marseilles)

 

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO? 

Im not sure that I would go back to any of the places I visited on this trip as there is still so much to see in the world.

Maybe Scandinavia next time??  We really really enjoyed it all and would not have changed a thing on the itinerary ( great travel agent)

 

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY? 

I listened and looked at the weather pattern just the day before I left, and still got the packing wrong! I also packed too much again.  That why I was so impressed with myself travelling around New Zealand. ( see New Zealand post)

Train travel in Europe is fantastic.  Sometimes it is a little tense when you have a connecting train and the previous one is running late.  This happened to us on about 3 occasions, but it all worked out. I organised from Nice to Amsterdam myself, ( independently) and it was an interesting exercise. But the time you added hotels, transfer to and from the hotels tours and food , not to mention not knowing where you are going….. I decided that a coach tour is the most economical way to travel.  Having said that, coach touring isnt for everyone and you would need to find the right coach tour that suited you and gave you at least 2 – 3 nights in each place.

 

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Jannene Post Holiday Interview – New Zealand

JANNENE POST HOLIDAY INTERVIEW

NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 2015

 

1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?

The South Island of New Zealand including, Queenstown, Te anau, Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook &  Christchurch

 

2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR? 

I went with my husband Keith. ( lucky husband hey? )  We had 5 nights in Queenstown, 1 night Te anau, 2 Nights Tekapio and 1 night in Christchurch.

 

3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?

We went over Jetstar direct to  Queenstown.  The flight was just over 2 hours I paid for exit row seating both ways.  Well worth it for that little bit  of extra leg room. (my husband is also 6ft 3)  We came back Virgin from Christchurch, the flight was just over 3 hours . You can take your own food on board  and you can buy tea and coffee on board.  Both airlines were fine and the crew were pleasant.

 

4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT? 

Coming in to land at Queenstown was quite spectacular as there was still a lot of snow on the mountain tops. The airport is small but the countryside surrounding the airport was quite green .  I was impressed with Queenstown airport.  I have never been to New Zealand. Because it was so close I always thought I would get there one day.  The whole of the south Island was stunningly beautiful.  I think the time of year also helped, with lots of snow still about and beautiful postcard blue glacier water

 

5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT? 

Christchurch.  It was so sad to see this once thriving city struggling to stay afloat.  Keith and Susie had been there pre earth quake.  Keith was really shocked and couldn’t get over the damage.  The beautiful cathedral in ruins, looking like a bomb had hit it and had burst into flame.  They say a few buildings will be ready end of 2016 but they need at least another 10 – 15 years before they are on their feet again.

They have  re established the shopping area called RESTART CITY.  It is made up of shipping containers side by side and converted to shops.  They have to keep going….  The city look like a war zone,. Except for the botanic gardens where the Rhododendrons were in full bloom  and all the trees were in spring green.  Quite refreshing compared to the city a mile or 2 away.

 

7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO? 

All of it but maybe do the other side of Mount Cook

 

8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY? 

We were away for 8 nights and having just come back from 5 weeks in Europe with suitcases,we decided to go with a carry on bag each.  I had some APT packing cells.  Brilliant!!

I went away  with 1 packing cell. With just 3 outfits. One on , one off and one spare.and it actually worked.!!  Just having a carry on bag saved so much time at the airport on arrival in Melbourne.

Also I watched people struggle, through Europe and  New Zealand with the security checks at the airports. Men with belts  and lace up shoes wallets and keys getting very frustrated with having to place everything in the tray . Try to go without a belt and wear slip on shoes. I had on rubber soled shoes but I kept getting pulled up  and had to take my shoes off.  Jewelry is another problem for women…  but you live and learn!!

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Wild Palette in Africa – Safari with Pete Marshall

Be inspired by some amazing visions on a safari, perhaps of a lifetime, to enhance your art and photography for years to come.

Travel to the Waterburg Biosphere – a scenic and wildlife rich area. The terrain is varied with the impressive Waterburg Mountain Range sweeping down over grassy plains to the Limpopo River. It is an area with strong conservation ethics and a mosaic of culture and tradition. Travel on to Hippo Hollow on the Sabie River, where there are the possibilities of elephant back safaris, exploration of such wonders as the Blyde River Canyon – one of the worlds deepest – and a visit to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre. From there we move nearer to Kruger to visit the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden and the Hoedspruit Endanangered Animal Centre, together with more safari drives. On my last visit we were fortunate enough to be invited to walk with the King Cheetahs.

The camps are all luxury accommodation with excellent food, service, and small vehicle safari drives. As these are private lodges, high level of personalized and professional guiding coupled with good game viewing in these extra-ordinary areas can be expected.

Bench International is very experienced, and has been organising African travel for over 40 years. East Ivanhoe Travel & Cruise, a member of ATAS, is a boutique travel agency with professional staff to ensure your holiday exceeds expectation.

Here is the full detailed itinerary of this amazing journey.

A reasonable camera, sketching equipment, together with the excitement and the experience, are all you will need (well nearly all) to bring home enough reference material to last for years. I shall also organize a workshop after our return, so we can relive the moments and start setting them down with artistic inspiration.

Pete Marshall is a Signatory Member of Artists For Conservation and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. Currently she is Coordinator of the Arts Advisory Council for the development of the Wildlife Art Museum of Australia. She has won many major awards and her works hang in Museums, Galleries and Private, Municipal and Corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

POSITION AVAILABLE – TRAVEL CONSULTANT ( EXPERIENCED ONLY)

Travel Consultant Position.

Are you an experienced consultant of 3 years or more?

Looking for a change into a fun, flexible, stylish boutique agency?

Don’t want to work Saturdays?

Then we want you!

 

We are looking for a permanent consultant to join our small but friendly team. Experience is essential and unfortunately not negotiable.

Our office is one of a kind, it has been professionally designed to ooze comfort and sophistication, there are no tacky brochures sprawled across our walls.

We are a family owned business and are extremely flexible with a great existing client base (having your own client base is also preferable).

You would be in charge of servicing clients to the highest of standards, this is the key to our business and is monitored closely.  Along with your day to day duties of being a Travel Agent extraordinaire dealing with the ups and downs of our industry we encourage you to attend supplier functions and any further training you may require or desire.

Business hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm with Saturdays by appointment. Wage is negotiable and based on experience of the consultant. We offer a generous bonus structure.

Please contact Susie via email only on susie@eastivanhoetravel.com.au 

Please do not call the office.

If you are NOT an experienced Travel Consultant please do not apply for this job, unfortunately we will not be able to reply to you.