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Plan your perfect holiday with Ann Coleman
Ann's has had two overriding passions in her life - Sport and Travel. She was determined to play an active role in both and after 12 years working in football retail management, spanning the top 3 tiers of English football; she transferred her considerable retail and passion for Customer Service knowledge to the travel industry in early 2008.
Ann has visited neary 40 countries over 5 continents, with many of these trips being made prior to becoming a travel professional. Her experiences include living in Barbados, trekking to the summit of Mount Killimanjaro in Tanzania, to visiting the 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Australia's Victoria state. Her extensive travel portfolio and first hand travel experience has given her a valuable insight into understanding and providing each client with their individual bespoke requirements for their dream destination! She has a considerable loyal repeat customer portfolio, her clients appreciating and recognising her dedication in providing Excellence as standard in all aspects of their travel experiences. Ann looks forward to providing you with the very best Customer Service possible to ensure that your holiday is one that will stay in the memory long after you have returned home and will be waiting to help you craft your next travel adventure !
Where’s the best place you’ve ever stayed?
Each place I have been privileged to visit has had its own unique attractions and special memories! As a Barbadian girl, Barbados has to be up near the top of my list! Great weather, friendly locals, a wide choice of beaches and water sports and fabulous sea food! In Tanzania, my husband and I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Charity. Near the end of the trek and at around 5,000 metres above sea level, the clear night sky was an absolute kaleidoscope of stars and galaxies - fantastic. I was fortunate enough to get married on Praslin Island in the Seychelles - an emotional experience! As part of this trip we took a boat journey to La Digue Island, where we visited Anse Source d'Argent beach, which I consider to be the most beautiful beach I have ever seen in my travels. The combination of the rock outcrops, clear blue lagoon water and pure white sand was a photographer's delight!
What’s your oddest travel moment?
I visited the Maldives for the second time around 2005, staying on an Island called Laguna. It has received a massive makeover since then and has been renamed Velassaru. During my stay I went out on one of the organised fishing trips, using hand lines and pieces of fish as bait. I had managed to catch a fair number of fish, all of which were destined to be taken back and served up in one of the restaurants! I felt another bite and pulled a fish about half a metre long into the boat. It immediately fastened itself to the planking at the bottom of the boat with the top of its head! It was identified as a Remora or Suckerfish, a fish that normally hitches a ride on larger fish by attaching itself via a sucker on top of its head. An unusual catch!
What are your suitcase essentials?
From a clothing perspective, I always pack a couple of large head scarves. They are essential when visiting certain countries where covering your head and shoulders is a requirement and an acknowledgement of local religious customs. They also help protect against sunburn and can be worn as clothing accessory when going out in the evening. I would not be without them! A pocket zoom camera, with the highest pixel rating you can get, with a wide angle option, this to capture those amazing and memorable landscape shots!
Have you had a perfect travel moment?
I think arriving in the city of Arusha at the base of Kilimanjaro and having my first hot shower in a Safari Lodge after a two week Trek can only be described as delightful!
Where’s next on your wishlist?
Two destinations stand out for me - Japan and India. Both destinations have their own particular cultures, history and customs, whilst both having amazing landscapes! I would like to explore the two Japanese Southern islands, Shikoku and Kyushu, starting my journey from Kyoto. With India it would have to be a train journey, taking in the Taj Mahal, probably from Delhi to Mumbai!