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Donna Hardwick
Senior Travel Consultant

When did you start working in the travel industry?

I started work in a Travel Agency at the age of 16. Whilst still at school I had a Saturday job putting stickers on the brochures and helping with the window display. I was then offered a full-time apprenticeship with the opportunity to obtain travel qualifications whilst gaining on-the-job experience. I have actually been working at Thorpe Travel since July 2001.

Where would you like to visit next?

There are so many places in the world which I would still like to visit. If money was no object, next I would take the family on a Caribbean cruise with Disney Cruise Line. A combination of the amazing Disney atmosphere with the beauty, warmth and serenity of the Caribbean; with its crystal clear waters and soft white sands. This sounds like a perfect holiday to me.

What has been your favourite holiday, which you have booked for a customer, that you would love to take yourself?

One day I would like to do a fly-drive itinerary in California. I've had a few customers take in San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles and Vegas, (plus many more stops along the way), in just the one trip. This really appeals to me, with so many amazing sites and experiences to explore.

My Favourite Memory

I went to Malaysia when I was 21. We did a two-centre holiday in Kuala Lumpur and Penang. This particular trip holds special memories as it is where my husband and I got engaged.


's Top Tips

1) Do some home research on the area which you are visiting so that you will already know how to make the most out of your trip.

2) Advise your credit card company that you are planning to go away - your card could be blocked if unusual transactions are noted without warning.

3) Be aware of liquid restrictions in your hand luggage - any liquids over 100ml must go in the hold.


's Cruise Tips

1) Try for a mid-ship cabin to reduce the amount of movement you feel.

2) Pack sea-sickness tablets - just in case!

3) Check out the dress code for your itinerary so that you know what clothes to pack.