Alison Kent


Alison Kent

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My name is Alison Kent and I’m a Travel Counsellor. I live in Eltham with my partner John, Doris, Bill & Ernie (dogs) Ruby & Ella (cats), Delboy, Gary and Geoffrey (Guinea Pigs)

Since I was 5 I wanted to work in the travel industry. When my big brother started dating a very glamorous air hostess, I loved listening to her stories. So here I am now having racked up 40 years in the travel industry.

I started work at Lunn Poly in Vauxhall Bridge Road as a Leisure Travel Consultant, when I left I was Regional Deputy Manager for London South East and Kent. I spent 2 years living in the USA. When I returned to the UK I worked for a student travel company as a Fares & Ticketing Manager.

Then I went to work for P&O Travel as Leisure Manager, from there I transferred to Swan Hellenic Cruises (part of the P&O Group) where I was fly Cruise Manager this role enabled me to work on the ship 4 times a year. From there I went to Travel2/4 one of the UK’s biggest Tailor Made Tour Operators that only sold through the trade, where I was Hotels, Tours and Groups Supervisor, sadly the office relocated to Glasgow and I was made redundant.

I then went to WEXAS Travel, a high end Tailor Made Travel Agent and Tour Operator based in Knightsbridge. My roles were VIP Travel Supervisor then Leisure Sales Manager responsible for 56 staff. My last role there was Product Manger for Indian Ocean, Caribbean and UAE. I got to travel extensively in this role checking out suitable hotels and product for our clients.

I was headhunted by Travel Counsellors in March 2017. It was a bit scary at first however I liked the flexibility it gave me, working from home, running my own business but still having the back up and support of our Head Office in Manchester. Being able to give 100% customer service to my clients and not working a mundane 9-5.30 day.

I have visited 68% of the world and will continue to keep travelling. On my bucket list are Ethiopia, North Korea, Namibia, Botswana, Borneo and Falkland Islands, I had a great time in Albania when I travelled there in October! My favourite destination is South Africa

Here are just a few of my highlights… Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda, swimming with dolphins in Oman and turtles in Barbados all in their natural environment, wolf trekking in Spain, volunteering at an AIDS clinic in Uganda, seeing the big 5 in Kenya and Tanzania, crossing the 80 degrees north in the Artic and seeing a Blue Whale, snorkelling in the Barrier Reef, surfing in Hawaii, Yoga on the beach in Bali, staying in a Rokan at Mount Fiji, travelling on the Orient Express from Bangkok to Singapore, taking the Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Banff, caving in Oregon USA, coffee tasting in Columbia, backpacking in Syria and only being 90kms from Baghdad, being sold a baby in Papua New Guinea!

I’ve met and made some wonderful friends while I’ve been travelling as well as a few celebrities, meeting the legendary Pele, and my hero Judith Chalmers who introduced me at a cruise conference as more travelled than her!

I look forward to hearing from you and booking your dream trip!

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