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Karen Cooper

My dream of working in travel started while I was still at school, I received a postcard of a fruit market in Jamaica from someone I knew who was lucky enough to go there on holiday. Back then most people went on a ‘staycation’ or ventured to Spain.  The vibrant colours in the picture were amazing,  something I had never seen before – I just knew that one day I wanted to be able to experience it for myself. 

So here I am,  many years later, having been very privileged to say I have travelled to some of the most amazing places all over the world, and yes, I got to Jamaica several times, including staying at the famous Jamaica Inn!

I realised my dream by starting my career in travel at Thomson Holidays as a Junior and worked my way into more senior roles.  Over the years I have worked predominately as a travel consultant spending the last 20 years in the Independent luxury market.

Close to home I love the Greek islands, the azure blue seas and laid-back way of life is perfect for a chill-out holiday, while further afield the Caribbean & the Maldives tick so many boxes!  In recent years I have prised myself off the sunbed and now love to explore – Borneo and Costa Rica being amongst the best holidays I have ever had.

As you have probably guessed, travel isn’t ‘just a job’ to me, it’s my life and passion, and I want to share that with you to give you the best experience possible. From a restaurant recommendation to a ‘must-do’ experience, I pride myself on going that extra mile to give you a bespoke personal service that you can trust and rely on.

I have been working in travel for

40 years

My most memorable trip todate

Borneo – Mick, my husband,  had to drag me out of the orangutan sanctuary!

My top 5 destinations i have visited

  •  Borneo
  •  Costa Rica
  •  Maldives
  •  Peru
  •  South Africa

My top 5 bucket list destinations to visit next

  •  India
  •  Tanzania & Zanzibar
  •  New Zealand
  • St Petersburg
  • Istanbul

Where are you planning on going on holiday next

Tanzania & Zanzibar or  Paxos

The best thing about working in travel

Making someone’s dream holiday come true

My favourite hotel

Four Seasons

Landaa Giraavaru

Maldives

My top travel tip

Take a moment to really appreciate where you are,  I normally lay back in the sea or pool look up at the sky and make a memory!

Four Seasons LG – Landaa Giraavaru Maldives
Four Seasons LG – Landaa Giraavaru Maldives
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