When I first joined Newell’s Travel in August 1994, I started working in the Rail & Coach department.

After a year, I progressed into the Travel Team. Within those couple of years, I worked as part of a great team where we planned and made our customer’s holiday dreams come true. In 2000 I was promoted to branch manager, and I work in this role up to this day.

I have a strong team behind me and we all thrive on a challenge. We have tremendous knowledge/experience, and we are all so dedicated to finding the perfect holiday.

Being an Independent Travel Agent, we can arrange all aspects of a holiday. We work closely with a wide range of tour operators and collaborate to put together complex itineraries, cruises, city breaks, beach holidays – abroad and in the UK.

Countries visited:

Thailand, Singapore, South Africa, Mauritius, Barbados, Jamaica, USA, Oman, Greece, Italy, Norway, Iceland, Malta plus a few more. I have also  ocean-cruised on various ships and have river-cruised.   

Favourite destination:

I am unable to choose just one! I really loved South Africa as I was lucky enough to do a safari and see the Big Five. I also visited Singapore for a fantastic five night city break in 2019, which has fabulous sightseeing around every corner. Lastly, I adore the beaches of Greece and the wine, food, and art of Florence.

Kathie Ellis photo

Last holiday:

My last holiday was to the fabulous hotel Bonsol Resort & Spa in Illetas,Mallorca. Where modern comfort meets classic charm it is truly an exceptional hotel for relaxation of the mind and body. Sssh don’t tell everybody!

Where next?

2022 is the year that I go to Australia. Like so many of my clients, holidays have been moved forward once or twice over the last couple of years, so I will be delighted to actually visit Melbourne and Sydney later this year.

Travel tip:

Do not over-plan your holiday
Yes, of course, you may want to book tickets for a must-see sight or event in advance. However, make sure that you leave a day or two to unfold naturally, wander with a map, or purposefully get lost and get off the beaten tourist track. This is a great way to visit a country.