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Tropic Breeze : Our Team

Jo Founder
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Jo
Founder
"I have always been a keen traveller and have a special affinity with the sea - through my love of sailing I have worked in Maine and the Mediterranean, enjoying everything from Lobster BBQs on the beach to local Turkish meze. However it was sailing around the British Virgin Islands that led to my enduring love for the Caribbean and the creation of Tropic Breeze. I've visited every single hotel and resort that is featured on our website and am always happy to talk to clients about options. "
 
Memorable Experiences: "There are so many experiences that can make a holiday special, and I find that each trip gives something new to remember it by. Being up close to hummingbirds in a rainforest on Tobago, going on a zip wire through the rainforest in St. Lucia and snorkelling in volcanic bubbles in Dominica are just a few of the most memorable things I've done."
 
Favourite Places:  "Where do I start? I think I'd have to choose Barbados, the BVI’s and Bequia."
 
Where next? "Cuba sounds fascinating!"
 
Top Travel Tips: "When visiting the Maldives, make sure your flight times are carefully planned as sea planes can't land after dark. If you enjoy snorkelling I would recommend that you stay at an island with a good house reef. In the Caribbean don't just stick to the beach - venture inland and sample some of the island's unique culture."
 
Three things I couldn’t travel without: "Phone, camera and snorkelling equipment  - even if I have only got a few minutes spare I am straight in the water!"
Mark Managing Director
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Mark
Managing Director
"My journey to Tropic Breeze is quite a strange one! I started my working life as an Internal Auditor before moving into the corporate world - I travelled between the UK, Asia and Australia meaning lots of travelling and little time at home. I then decided to “help” Jo out for 6 weeks but never left….that was over 15 years ago!"
 
Memorable Experiences: "I have an incredible amount of memories from my many years of travelling. Some of the experiences that really stand out include driving across Borneo and giving way on the roads to monkeys, a road trip from Los Angeles to Mexico where we stopped and ate lobster from shacks along the coast, and a visit to Sri Lanka where I watched local ladies hand pick the tea in the breathtakingly large plantations."
 
Favourite Places: "It has to be Bequia Island in the Caribbean... It’s rough beauty and unspoilt nature offers a truly authentic and beautiful Caribbean experience."
 
Where Next? "Cuba - the stories I have heard and the cultural experience it offers makes it a destination I have to go and check out for myself!"
 
Top Travel Tip: "Roll your clothes and pack them like that - it saves on room and no creases!"
 
Three things I couldn’t travel without: "Phone, laptop and flight socks."
Katherine Manager
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Katherine
Manager

 

"I grew up in the Caribbean, so travel has been in my blood from a very early age! After leaving university my first job was selling skiing holidays for Crystal Holidays and in the 20+ years since then I've worked in a variety of different roles within the industry. In 2019 I decided to move closer to family in Devon and knew that Tropic Breeze would be the perfect fit for me - luckily Jo and Mark agreed!"

Memorable Experiences: "Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga has to be top of the list but diving with wild dolphins and sharks in French Polynesia comes a close second!"

Favourite Places: "I went to South Georgia and Antarctica this year which was a real bucket list trip - being surrounded by thousands of penguins and enormous elephant seals in South Georgia felt like being in a David Attenborough documentary!"

Where next: "I'd love to explore more of the Indian Ocean. Diving in the Maldives and island hopping round the Seychelles."

Top Travel Tips: "Always pack swimwear and a change of clothes in your hand luggage...just in case."

Three things I couldn't travel without: "Flip flops, a camera and a mask and snorkel."

Karen Senior Travel Specialist
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Karen
Senior Travel Specialist

"I had my work experience in a travel agents at school when I was 14 and off the back of this was offered my first travel job when I left school at 16. Now almost 30 years later I still have the same passion and excitement as I did on my first day.  The industry has changed dramatically throughout my career, but I still love it just the same."

Memorable Experiences: "I have fond memories of hot air ballooning over the Masai Mara and crash landing into a tree, flying over the Grand Canyon for my 21st birthday, kayaking the mangroves in Antigua and catching my first glimpse of a Caribbean beach in Jamaica over 20 years ago - I was hooked!  I was also privileged to travel through Israel a number of years ago and walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem was an amazing experience I will never forget."

Favourite places: "I really believe that travel broadens the mind so I'm always happy to go somewhere new.  My favourite places would be Grand Anse Beach in Grenada for the stunning views and local life, New York for its feeling of familiarity around every corner and Kenya for the most amazing wildlife - hearing lions from my tent on safari was just fantastic!"

Where next: "I would love to take my husband to the Maldives as it's always been his dream holiday destination - it would be amazing to share these stunning islands with him."

Top travel tip: "Always double check you have your passport and travel documents before leaving the house and leave plenty of time to get to the airport."

Three things I can't travel without: "Sunglasses, running kit and swimming costume.

Trish Senior Travel Specialist
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Trish
Senior Travel Specialist
"My career started in hospitality before progressing to British Airways cabin crew. I spent 10 years travelling the world and seeing my parents in the USA frequently before my husband and I choose to move to Devon to start a family. After spending a few years at home raising our two children, I decided to re-enter the world of travel - Tropic Breeze was the perfect fit."
 
Memorable Experiences: "My past and current careers have enabled me to travel extensively, in terms of the highlights it has to be our honeymoon at Huvafen Fushi which was the ultimate luxury and pampering escape! Another trip I will always remember was driving from San Francisco to Malibu along the Pacific coast road and stopping for fresh seafood in Monterey Bay."
 
Favourite Places: "The Sunshine coast in Australia. The beaches are beautiful and our stay in Maroochydore was amazing."
 
Where Next? "I would love to take my two children to Carlisle Bay in Antigua."
 
Top Travel Tip: "Buy a good mosquito spray..and use it!"
 
Three things I couldn’t travel without: "Hand sanitizer, a big sunhat and my camera."
Tania Travel Specialist
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Tania
Travel Specialist

My passion for travel started at a young age as I was lucky to travel to Greece and other parts of Europe frequently to visit family. After exploring new places, cultures, and languages I was determined to turn my passion for travel into my dream job. My love of the ocean led to a career as a dive travel consultant, specialising in bespoke liveabord and shore based trips worldwide. After a break from the travel industry I realised this is my true passion and I was lucky enough to join the Tropic Breeze team!

Memorable experiences: "Quad biking in Spetsas, Greece, zip lining in Montezuma, Costa Rica, and I won't forget scuba diving with curious Oceanic white tip Sharks in Egypt in a hurry!"

Favourite places: "Wow this is difficult! I’d have to say the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, truly one of the most beautiful and relatively untouched places in the world. It alone makes up 2.5 percent of the world's biodiversity."

Where to next: "Grenada - if can tear myself away from the beautiful Grand Anse Beach, I'd love to visit the underwater sculpture park and explore the rainforest, especially Annadale falls. After that, Petit St Vincent in The Grenadines to explore the stunning local dive sites which are teeming with abundant marine life."

Top Travel Tip: "Take a phrasebook and use it learn a few local phrases. Pack a tennis ball in your hand luggage, great for relieving stiff and sore muscles - roll it over your shoulders, lower back, legs, and the bottoms of your feet to help get your blood flowing again."

Can't live without: "Sunglasses, flip flops and a scarf, which makes for a great blanket if you get cold on the plane."

Alison Travel Specialist
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Alison
Travel Specialist

"I started my career in travel when I was just 17, working in retail travel agents for many years. I love the variety of challenges and people that the travel industry brings, no day is ever the same! I briefly left travel whilst having my son to undertake a psychology degree, but I missed travel too much and returned after completing it! I have always loved the Caribbean as a holiday destination myself, so to talk about it all day long for my job is perfect!"

Memorable experiences: "Meeting Tribespeople in Samburu, Kenya and being honoured to hold the Lead Tribesmans baby boy! Ziplining through the canopy in Jamaica, crossing several parishes - it felt like a lifetime! Paddle boarding in Barbados - it was the first time I tried it and now I love it!"

Favourite places: "Jamaica, I have been four times - Negril beach is my favourite. Puglia in Southern Italy, Alberbello is a Unesco protected town with beautiful trulli houses, olive groves and of course lots of limoncello!"

Where next? "I plan to visit Las Vegas and Nashville, would also love to visit Northern Thailand and Vietnam. Not forgetting our annual holiday on Canalboats - the Llangolen in Wales is our next visit!"

Top travel tips: "I always take Natural Source Citrus Shower Gels - a natural defence against mosquitos. Socialize on holiday and share your experiences, you may find local  places of interest that you may not have known about."

Three things you couldn't travel without: "My own Teabags - I cannot live without Tetley in the morning! My phone, as I love to post pictures on my travels. And my Captain Morgan beach towel to profess my love of rum wherever I am!"

 

Katie Travel Specialist
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Katie
Travel Specialist
"I started working in the travel industry soon after graduating from university and can't imagine doing anything else now. It's given me the opportunity to visit some incredible destinations and I love being able to share my experiences and recommendations with clients. When I'm not at work, I spend most of my time exploring Dartmoor with my horse Benjamin. We are lucky enough to have some amazing countryside in Devon, and I like to make the most of it by getting out with my horse as much as I can!!
 
Memorable experiences: My most memorable travel experience was probably touring around Sri Lanka visiting the Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Tea Country and the south coast of the island. Sri Lanka is unlike any other destination I have visited and I was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the people, the culture and the breathtaking landscape. Sri Lanka is such a diverse island - you can have breakfast in the cool and mountainous scenery of Tea Country and by early afternoon be sitting on a tropical beach with a cocktail in your hand! The highlight of the trip though was visiting Minneriya National Park and getting up close to herds of wild elephants, including some very adorable babies.
 
Favourite places: It would be a close call between the Grenadines and the south coast of Sri Lanka - I love long, unspoilt beaches, and the beaches in both these destinations are some of the most beautiful I have come across in my travels. 
 
Where next? There are so many places I would like to go, but at the top of my list is probably South Africa. I would love to spend a few days in Cape Town, visit the winelands and then spend some time travelling along the Garden Route. The scenery in this area looks amazing and I love the style of the traditional winelands hotels - there's something very romantic about those old fashioned country lodges.
 
Top travel tips: Make sure you are well prepared! Do your research before you travel so that when you arrive at your destination, you can make the most of your time there. If there is something specific you want to do whilst you are away, I think it is always worth checking whether you can pre-book it to make sure you don't miss out. It is also worth checking any visa or entry requirements for your destination well in advance to make sure you don't have any nasty surprises just before you are due to travel. 
 
Three things you couldn't travel without: My mobile phone (mostly for taking pictures!) and a good book.
Claire Operations Team Leader
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Claire
Operations Team Leader
"I moved to Devon in 2004 to study for my degree in Hospitality Management. After graduating I worked for a local government agency for six years. However the draw of working in an industry that had always been of great interest to me was just too much to resist, especially with the unique setting of an old converted coach house surrounded by countryside with three friendly Labradors. Having been lucky enough to travel with both my family as a child and now with my husband, I am keen to travel further."
 
 
 
 
Memorable Experiences: Arriving at Jade Mountain, St Lucia at night and seeing the most incredible panoramic view of the star-lit sky and then waking in the morning to the stunning view of the Pitons from our missing fourth wall; sailing past the Italian Volcano, Stromboli as it erupted; and catching the Northern Lights on the last day of an amazing trip to Iceland.

Favourite Places: I love walking around Dartmoor particularly in the Autumn, St Lucia and Grenada for their stunning scenery and wildlife, Iceland for a snowy holiday and Budapest for a cultural City Break.

Where next?: Having recently started a family, holidays will probably be spent nearer to home for a while!  We are looking forward to returning to Croatia to visit a good friend and hopefully I'll be able to return to the Caribbean with my husband and daughter in the future.

Top Travel Tips: Do your research before you travel, get an idea of what you want to see and do so that you don't miss out on anything - you may not get that opportunity again.

Three things I couldn’t travel without: Camera, swimwear and good company.

 

Maria Contracts
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Maria
Contracts
"Having travelled abroad with my family from a young age, it was studying Tourism at University, which ignited my passion for travel. I have always loved visiting new places and experiencing new cultures and was fortunate to spend a year teaching English in Uganda, which gave me the wonderful opportunity to trek with Gorilla’s in the Virunga Mountains and go white water rafting on the White Nile."
 
Memorable experiences:  "I have travelled extensively around the world to Asia, Australasia and Canada, taking in the floating markets in Thailand, skydiving over geysers in New Zealand, trekking rainforests in Fiji and scaling the Rockies in Canada! In recent years I have also been to Sri Lanka, where one of my most memorable experiences was washing elephants in the river at the Millenium Elephant Foundation in Kegalle!"
 
Favourite Places: "The wonderful sights and sounds of Bequia, St Vincent, Grenada and Barbados ; Soaking up the local culture, sampling the island cuisine (mango yoghurt, callaloo, barracuda, conch curry, bajan hot sauce), dancing barefoot on the sand to the tune of soca and horse riding on the west coast beaches of Barbados!"
 
Where’s Next? "St Lucia!"
 
Top Travel Tip: "Remember to pack an overnight bag with swimwear and sun tan lotion just in case you arrive at your destination without your luggage!"
 
My top travel tip: "Smile! Wherever you go in the world, a smile will always grant you a warmer reception and ultimately give you a more fulfilling experience."
 
Three things I couldn’t travel without: "Sun cream, sun glasses and a camera."
Jade Contracts
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Jade
Contracts
"I started working in travel when I was 20, left and came back as it's definitely the industry for me. It takes you places!"
 
Memorable experiences: "Snorkelling off Menjangan Island in Indonesia was pretty amazing."
 
Favourite Places: "Antigua for the beautiful beaches and friendly locals."
 
Where’s Next? "Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands - it looks incredible and I've heard some glowing reviews that it is more beautiful than the pictures show - hard to believe!"
 
Top Travel Tip:  "Try to speak to someone who has been, they will let you know the hidden gems and what to expect!"
 
Three things I couldn’t travel without: "Lipbalm, bug spray and my husband!"
Judith Marketing Manager
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Judith
Marketing Manager
"Traveling whenever I can, is a necessity for me - I definitely have the travel bug. It began when I first embarked to Canada on my own when I was 18 years young and continued when I studied. I am from Germany but I have lived abroad for several years and Devon became my home away from home. Marketing and photography are also big passions of mine and to combine all of that at Tropic Breeze is just amazing."
 
Memorable Experiences: "There are so many and I always enjoy trying new things. I loved every minute of my working and holiday stay in New Zealand, my crazy road trip in Ireland, swimming with dolphins, scuba diving in Hawaii, whale watching in Australia and to be on a tiny island with my friends on the Philippines - to name a few."
 
Favourite Places: "Again, there are too many to name them all and every place has its own magic. I love New Zealand's nature, its people and food, Ireland, Scotland and the UK for the beautiful landscape and friendly people I fell in love with. I also loved Norway, Hawaii and Lisbon which I visited last year for the first time and just loved it. All of these places are special and mostly because of the people I met and could share amazing experiences with."
 
Where next: "I have an ever growing bucket list but next for me hopefully is Iceland, the Caribbean and South Africa!"
 
Top travel tip: "I would recommend island hopping in the Caribbean so you can experience more than one island and its different culture and food. Our travel specialists can help with individual packages."
 
Three things I couldn't travel without: "My camera, music and comfy shoes."
Rosanna Admin and Marketing
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Rosanna
Admin and Marketing

"I have been extremely lucky in seeing a lot of the world from an early age. I grew up in Hong Kong and spent family holidays visiting Malaysia and Thailand. Then upon completing university in the UK, I set sail working with Princess Cruises visiting the west coast of America and Canada, Alaska with regular trips down to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Having worked in so many great countries, I now look forward to sharing new adventures with my husband and son."

Memorable Experiences: "I have been so lucky that it is really hard to mention just a few. Catching and cooking Alaska King Crab and seeing wild Orcas playing in the wake of our boat on our way back to the airport at the end of our trip really were experiences I'll never forget."

Favourite Places: "Mo'orea in French Polynesia was simply breath taking, and definitely my idea of heaven!"

Where next: "I plan to return to the South Pacific in the future, in the meantime I look forward to travelling a little closer to home with a family trip to the lakes and mountains of Italy."

Top Travel Tips: "Don't leave packing your case until the morning of departure! A bad habit of mine which always makes the long journeys even more stressful when it can easily be avoided."

Three things I couldn't travel without: "Sun cream, a camera and a street map of the destination."

George The Office Dog!
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George
The Office Dog!
"I'm George, one of the three resident Labradors at Tropic Breeze. Along with Tilly and Alfie, I like to think we keep the office running smoothly - you'd be amazed at how much we've learnt about travelling by listening to the team here. If you hear us barking in the background we are only trying to have some creative input and making sure the Team are all working hard!"
 
Memorable experiences: "Going for walks around the Tropic Breeze office in rural South Devon. So many smells to enjoy - Rabbits, Squirrels, Cats, other Dogs, we have them all!"
 
Favourite place: "My basket in front of the fire here in the Tropic Breeze office. Although I sometimes pretend to be asleep, I'm really observing everything that's going on."
 
Where next? "I may fancy another walk later on after the office closes, I'm always ready to explore the neighbourhood."
 
Top Travel Tips: "Go somewhere warm, going for walks in the cold and wet are not as much fun!"
 
Three things I couldn’t travel without: "Treats, my lead and some water."
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