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Alex Paladino

My travel dream started when I was just seven years old and my parents took me to New York to visit our relatives who lived in a dream house in the Queens’ suburbia.   Everything back then from the flight on Air France to the discovery of 7UP, from savouring Dunkin Donuts to marvelling at the Manhattan skyscrapers and yellow taxis made me realise that one day I wanted to see the world.

 Also New York soon became a leitmotif in my life, since after my graduation in History of Art I landed a temporary job in a famous museum in Manhattan where I worked for 6 months.

 Being Italian also provided me, especially in my twenties, with the opportunity to travel around my beautiful country and to explore the wonderful and diverse regions which make Italy one of the most popular and loved travel destinations in the world.

 My career in travel started  25 years ago when I got offered a job as Cabin Crew for British Airways. I have been very lucky to able to visit some amazing destinations around the world.

From riding a camel by the Giza pyramids to sipping a cocktail on a beach in Barbados, from walking on the Great Wall of China to swimming with rays in the Seychelles, I continuously had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

 After 20 incredible years at BA, four years ago, I decided to become an independent travel consultant where I help customers in choosing their dream holiday and travel experiences. This is a job I thoroughly love and enjoy which has strengthened my passion for this amazing industry even more. My travel bug is so infectious that the whole of my family (unfortunately for our wallet) has caught it!

As a family with teens we have been travelling to some amazing destinations like the Maldives, the US, the Caribbean, Japan and Europe. Therefore thanks to my tried and tested holidays I will be able to recommend you some fantastic family properties and also suggest when to take the right holiday at the right time, what to do and what to see.

 Making memories, whether it is a quick trip across the channel, a staycation or a long haul adventure is the best time a family can spend and treasure together. Therefore I will be delighted to offer some recommendations and expertise and be your personal travel expert while creating a memorable experience for you and your loved ones.

Alex

My most memorable trip to date

last October to Costa Rica. Costa Rica is such a diverse and nature rich country that probably one holiday is not enough despite the fact that is not much bigger than Wales!

I was absolutely blown away by the diverse ecosystems, the colourful flora and the intriguing fauna. From sloths to turtles, from parrots to different species of monkey, from crocks to 850 species of birds you will be absolutely fascinated. Furthermore Costa Rica is perfect for people and families who love an activity pack holiday, with over 100’s zip lining trails, water rafting, tubing down the river and hiking you will never be bored. I can assure you that this amazing country with two oceans, several active volcanoes and scenic waterfalls, will become one of your favourites like it is one of mine! 

I have been working in travel for

25 years

My top 5 destinations I have visited

  • Maldives
  • Costa Rica
  • Chile
  • St Lucia
  • West Coast USA

My top 5 bucket list destinations

  • Peru
  • Malta
  • Oman
  • Bali
  • Belize

Where are you planning on going on holiday next

A cruise around Hawaii with NCL Cruises

The best thing about working in travel

Being able to visit some of the best properties in the world and experience new cultures and destinations

My favourite hotel

Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences
Baa Atoll, Maldives

My top travel tip

Always take sun-cream, flip flops and a good Lonely Planet guide wherever you go

Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences Baa Atoll, Maldives
Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences Baa Atoll, Maldives

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