Sent by Andrew Tivers
Based in Arabian Ranches
Hi! I’m Lindsay, thank you for taking the time to visit my page.
Working in the travel industry is something I love. It’s really all I’ve known choosing early on to pursue a career within the industry. Studying Tourism at university, I graduated and joined a company I went on to spend the next 10 years at. The pause button was pressed when I had twins and then one more to complete my family.
In 2015 my family moved to Dubai and we have been loving what this fantastic city has to offer ever since, along with the amazing travel opportunities that are available from here. 2019 sees us gaining confidence travelling with 3 children – we are off to Hong Kong & Australia, road tripping from Melbourne to Sydney!
Almost all in this industry have a passion for travelling extensively and seeing the world. That’s a given, and I'm no different. Enjoying something yourself and delivering that for others with immense care and precision are very different. My forte and reputation has always been providing exactly that. Care and precision.
I have a busy but organised life and I’m slightly obsessive about lists. In fact I love them!
With a career in the cruise industry my knowledge in this space is strong, as you would expect! And like many, travelling as a family from Dubai (with the sometimes sticky dynamic of 3 young children for hotel rooms…) is constant. I know what my own expectations are. Dubai certainly raises the bar for the luxury experience, however listening to what you want and working with you to create that precise holiday experience is key.
I’ve always found this business refreshingly uncomplicated. Be fun and pleasant to deal with, be creative and solution-oriented, seek value and pass this on to clients, respond quickly and …… do what you say you are going to do!
I pride myself on service and tailor making a holiday experience that is unique to you, something I am keen & excited to deliver.
I look forward to working with you!
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
02 July 2019
Our friends thought we were crazy, 4 flights, 17 days and 3 kids…….but an adventure was just what we were looking for. Having broken up our journey via Hong Kong, we arrived in Melbourne slightly jet lagged but excited for our Australian escapade! We landed late so opted for an airport hotel, the Park Royal on paper looked fantastic and what a find! The transition from arrivals to hotel room was seamless – connected to the airport via a tunnel we were in our room before we knew it! Fantastic accommodation, great room service and a perfect breakfast selection – we were ready for the next stage of the trip. We had planned a car hire before we left Dubai and had carefully selected not by the best price but by researching what was covered and customer reviews. A small minivan ride later we had done all the paperwork and were on our way to our to our accommodation in Southbank, Melbourne. What a fantastic location. We were perfectly positioned for the City & trams. No need for the car here…..exploring on foot – Flinders Street Station, a wander down the alleys to see the street art, A boat trip on the Yarra River & not forgetting a tram ride! We used the car for further out areas such as St Kilda’s and a trip to find the famous Ramsey Street…..we couldn’t come all this way without seeing it! 3 nights in Melbourne and we set off for a night on Phillips Island, linked to the mainland it lies just off the Southern Coast. Glamping, Koala sanctuary & the famous penguin parade. The children were in awe! Spotting Koalas in their natural habitat and watching the penguins returning ashore at sunset, after a days fishing, to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes! One of those pinch yourself moments. Returning to our glamping site for a night under the stars and a BBQ! The perfect end to a perfect day. The Princess Highway was our friend for the next 3 days…..we had planned a route and pit stops to keep the children happy and also, so we could try and fit in as much as possible on the way up the coast to Sydney. Day 1, we broke our journey up visiting 90 Mile beach, Gippsland Lakes and ending at Lakes Entrance for the night. A static Caravan site, the kids in bunk beds and buying our dinner from the local store. Our first experience of small town life and we loved it! Day 2, up and on the road again we left Lakes Entrance on a stunning scenic drive and made our way to Mallacoota to try and spot some seals…failing! A spot of lunch in Eden sampling the local freshly caught seafood & visiting the whale lookout point. We were out of season but the whales migrate too and from the Antarctic and are often seen here during the winter. A quick pit stop at the Bega Cheese factory to sample the local produce (the lady on the desk couldn’t believe the cheese was sold in supermarkets in Dubai) before ending our day in Broulee. Day 3, Batemans & Jervis Bay were our morning stop off points – a mandatory ice cream whilst admiring the stunning view, we then moved onto Kiama to see the blowhole…..taking time to stop at Silos Vineyard to sample the local grape! Next stop Sydney! We arrived into Sydney on the afternoon of Day 3. Choosing to stay in Manly, our journey took us over Sydney Harbour Bridge! What a fantastic way to enter an amazing City. Manly was the perfect choice for us as a family, our accommodation was a walk away from the main beaches, Manly Wharf and the main shopping precinct. This was our home for the next 4 nights. A flurry of activity over the next few days, we literally didn’t stop – discovering what Manly had to offer on our first day and leaving the car at home. Street markets, cliff walks, swimming in the Pacific Ocean and enjoying local eateries! Shelley beach was a firm favourite with my crew. Nestled at the end of Manly a little haven. Palm Beach was our next port of call, back in the car we bypassed some stunning beaches – Freshwater Beach, Dee Why, Dolphin Bay before coming to the famous beach, better known to most as the home of Summer Bay…Palm Beach! A little sightseeing, visiting Alf’s Bateshop & The Surf Club we spent the remainder of the day learning to surf, aptly named kiddies corner for its kinder waves! Very Australian! A trip back over the bridge, we set out to explore the South side of Sydney – views from Lavender Bay at Night, Bronte Beach, the famous Cogee and Bondi Beaches and a trip to Watsons Bay. On our penultimate day, jumping on the world famous Manly ferry, we ventured into central Sydney – sailing past Sydney Opera House and with a perfect view of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stopping at Circular Key where we set off on foot to investigate. Walking through the Rocks and down George Street we absorbed the city. Ending in Darling Harbour, we caught a ferry back to Manly. Everything was very straightforward and connected and the children were amazing! Our final day and we packed up the car ready for our flight that evening……not to waste our final hours in Sydney, we opted for a less eventful day at Taronga Zoo. What a fantastic place. An up close encounter with Koalas (pre booked at an additional cost), Sea Lion show, Elephants, Chimpanzees and the most amazing views of Sydney Harbour Bridge whilst walking around. Built on a hill, we ended at the bottom and got a cable car back to the top. A perfect end to an amazing trip! After loading the car, we headed to the airport and said goodbye to Australia. Often these big trips can seem more expensive and more daunting than they actually are. However, our experience was straightforward, enriching and an absolutely amazing adventure for us all. Thinking about it? Just do it!
18 April 2019
Travelling to Australia for our Spring Break, Hong Kong was a natural stop over choice ….. and what better way to entertain 3 children and 2 adults than Hong Kong Disneyland! We opted to stay at Disney Explorers Lodge, which was positioned within the resort with coaches providing regular transportation to and from the park itself. The hotel was great and provided exactly what we needed for our 2 night stay. The rooms were large and additional touches such as complimentary water, adult and children's slippers and keepsake washbags for the children made it even more special. The kids loved the swimming pool and the hotel setting was breathtaking, I especially loved watching the sunset behind the mountains. A bit different to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. We chose to have breakfast at the hotel which set us up nicely for the day ahead with the added bonus of meeting Micky and Minnie Mouse! Staying at a Disney Hotel allowed us fast track entry to the park & also 3 Fast track passes for rides which came in very handy at busier times with our adrenaline junkie children who were drawn to the faster more popular ones! Having said this, we found the queues were never 'bad' and with the queuing time displayed before you enter the ride you fully know what you are letting yourself in for. The highlight for us all were the parades that were held along Main Street. One takes place at lunchtime and the Paint the Night Parade in the evening after sundown. Excited onlookers fill the street as electronic floats glide along with your favourite Disney characters waving at you! Truly magical, especially when you see your children's faces full of joy and find yourself grinning from ear to ear. 2 days was a perfect amount of time to see the park and enjoy the hotel and we found ourselves carrying on our trip with a spring in our step and a smile on our faces!
16 April 2019
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia was not somewhere I had previously thought to visit….joining my husband on a business trip and leaving the kids at home seemed like a fantastic combination! And how it didn’t disappoint! Boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals and a myriad of natural attractions there was plenty to keep us busy over our 3 day stay. So much so we didn’t even get to sample the pool at our hotel! Our home was The Westin located in Bukit Bintang, part of the main hub called the Golden Triangle. A walk away from the Pavilion shopping Mall which housed a healthy variety of shops and restaurants. Shopping aside Kuala Lumpur has an array of sights that are not to be missed! The Petronas Twin Towers and the Menara KL Tower are 2 of the most popular attractions, we opted for a trip up the 421m KL Tower…. having the Burj Khalifa on our doorstep I was sceptical about it offering a comparable experience and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Having a tropical climate, the views were much more lush than those in Dubai with expanses of green vegetation amongst skyscrapers and everyday life! We risked vertigo to have our photo taken in one of the sky boxes – with nothing but glass between ourselves and the ground below! I wonder how many people would brave that if the Burj Khalifa housed one! One morning saw us jumping in a taxi to the BATU Caves, a mere 20-30 minute ride away in Gombak. 272 steps take you up into the caves and temples that are housed in the limestone hill…..pack your walking shoes! The site is also home to long tailed macaques monkeys who run amongst those visiting looking for food – apparently nuts are more interesting than bananas….talking from experience!! Enjoy fresh coconut water when you reach the bottom, a much needed refreshment after all those steps! We downloaded the GRAB app which we could pre load money and order taxis through, this was a massive help when returning from the caves as it was very busy with local taxis and coach loads of tourists. You could also use in local restaurants to pay for food…a good thing to know! Centrally located we could walk most places from our hotel. The Alor Street food night market was one of our favourite! Take a walk through and absorb the smells and atmosphere or take a seat at one of the many restaurants that spill onto the street, have a drink and be sure to sample the famous chicken wings! Opting for a premium dining experience one evening proved quite tricky with so many highly rated restaurants to choose from. Having done some research we found a perfect fit at the Thirty8 restaurant offering 360 degree views of the KL skyline and prime position next to the Petronas Towers which I have to say were breath taking lit up at night! A bonus was being able to view the fountains located on a man made lake in front of KLCC. My time came to an end sooner than I wanted and before I knew it I was leaving my husband and returning to Dubai and the children. A truly lovely break away and also one I would love to take the children back to experience. A perfect twin centre option for a city break and beach holiday. Malaysia I will be back!