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Jill Faircloth – Manager 

Started working in travel in: 1989 with Macafferty's Coaches in Cairns.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: 1992.

Favourite destination: Turkey.

Places I have travelled to: Canada, USA, Mexico, England, Wales, Scotland, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany , Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, China, Ireland, Jordon, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia), South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, New Zealand, Hong Kong, PNG.

On my travel 'bucket list': Arctic and Antarctic.

Most memorable travel experience: Being an extra in a Hollywood movie while travelling in Israel.

Hobbies and interests: Reading, cryptic crosswords, walking and enjoying good food and fine wine with friends.

Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Meeting the locals and experiencing local culture.

jill@endeavourtravel.com.au 

Elena Gualtieri – Senior Travel Consultant 

Started working in travel in: 1983 for South Pacific Tours and Travel in Cairns. I also set up the tour desk at the Tradewinds Esplanade Hotel.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: 1988.

Favourite destinations: Canada and Melbourne – my baby girl lives there!

Places I have travelled to: Fiji, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Canada (including Vancouver / Whistler / Banff/ Edmonton / Calgary / Lake Louise), New York, Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Guam, Continental Europe.

On my travel 'bucket list': Alaska, Africa, South America, Antarctica and more of the USA.

Most memorable travel experience: Travelling by campervan through the Canadian Rockies, going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, taking in the sights and sounds of New York, going to a Soccer World Cup game in Rome in 1990, taking in the sunset whilst drinking a Mai Tai on the beach in Oahu / Honolulu, and taking in the view from Peak Tram Lookout that looks out over Hong Kong.

Hobbies and interests: Hockey, enjoying good food and drinks with friends, and action /thriller/rom com movies.

Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Relaxing, taking in the local sights and culture, and experiencing different food.

elena@endeavourtravel.com.au

Jenny Christensen – Senior Travel Consultant 

Started working in travel in: 1975 with Canberra Travel.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: 2005.

Favourite destinations: Turkey and Croatia.

Places I have travelled to: New Zealand, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Borneo, Philippines, Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Norway, USA, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Dubai, Mexico, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Micronesia, Morocco, Cape Verde, Gibraltar.

On my travel 'bucket list': A river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.

Most memorable travel experience: On safari in Botswana we were travelling in two open safari trucks and spotted a lion and lioness. Our guide stopped the truck and radioed to the other truck to come back to see the lions. They swung in front of us and the male lion turned around and started to charge one of the trucks, but slipped on the loose dirt and ended up right next to the other truck with its paws almost level with the passengers - one of whom was my daughter so it was a very scary moment! Someone else then tried to scare the lion away by hitting it with her handbag… fortunately the lion took off before her brand new designer handbag was ruined!

Hobbies and interests: Swimming, walking, wining and dining, travelling and relaxing.

Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Cruising.

jenny@endeavourtravel.com.au

Celia Mackenzie – Senior Travel Consultant 

Started working in travel in: 1982 with TAA in Canberra.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: From 1996 until 2004 and then again from October 2012.

Favourite destinations: Canada, Italy and Chile.

Places I have travelled to: Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Falkland Islands, Guam, Micronesia, England, Wales, Scotland, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Vatican City, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Turkey, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, India, Philippines, China, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Fiji, Cook Islands, Vanuatu.

On my travel 'bucket list': Scandinavia, Ireland, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan and Uganda or Rwanda to see the gorillas.

Most memorable travel experience: Hiking in the Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia Chile.

Hobbies and interests: Hiking, road bike riding, running, and watching basketball, triathlons, swimming and athletics.

Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Hiking and indulging in the cuisine of all countries.

celia@endeavourtravel.com.au

Melissa MacQuillan – Senior Travel Consultant 

Started working in travel in: 1996 with UTAG Travel in Muswellbrook NSW.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: 2013.

Favourite destinations: Cuba, Mexico and Guatemala.

Places I have travelled to: Canada, USA, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, North Ireland), Ireland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, France, Italy, Vatican City, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Rep, Slovakia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, China, Tibet, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Bolivia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Hong Kong and Antarctica. I've visited every continent and crossed every line of latitude!

On my travel 'bucket list': Kingdom of the Mustang.

Most memorable travel experience: Suffering from altitude, stumbling on a steep mountainside, then finally breaking through forest thick with ferns into a troop of gorillas napping peacefully on the forest floor and watching while the babies swinging above us in the trees!

Hobbies and interests: Hiking and river rafting.
Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Seeing wildlife in their natural environs.

melissa@endeavourtravel.com.au

Rachel Skipsey - Senior Travel Consultant

  Started working in travel in: 1999 with Tourism Whitsunday.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: 2018.

Favourite destination: Turkey.

Places I have travelled to: Australia, England, Wales, Scotland, Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic, Turkey, Israel, UAE, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam Indonesia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Morocco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, PNG, Canada, USA, Mexico, Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, India, and Nepal.

On my travel 'bucket list': Antarctica, Namibia, Ethiopia and Russia.

Most memorable travel experience: This is almost impossible to answer, every trip has a highlight, be it being chased by a rhino in Chitwan National Park in Nepal or riding on a donkey cart on the Silk Road in China. A hundred amazing sunsets and sunrises in The National Parks of America and Canada and a romantic dinner overlooking The Sea of Galilee just scratch the surface.

Hobbies and interests: Adventure motorbike riding - I am attempting to get all the way around the world by motorbike (albeit very slowly as the first leg was in 1987). Camping, home renovating and pet sitting, and of course spending time with friends.

Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Making new friendships and finding those special places that you want to keep as a secret and yet you just have to share!

rachels@endeavourtravel.com.au

Mike O’Leary – Director/Consultant 

Started working in travel in: 1980 with TAA in Adelaide.

Started working at Endeavour Travel & Cruise in: 1988.

Favourite destinations: Egypt and Peru.

Places I have travelled to: USA, Canada, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Bahamas, Guam, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, China, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Reunion, Egypt, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia.

On my travel 'bucket list': Turkey, Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands.

Most memorable travel experience: In Peru, climbing Huayna Picchu early in the morning and then standing on the granite boulders on top looking down onto brightly-coloured hang gliders soaring on the thermals above the Machu Picchu ruins.

Hobbies and interests: Bush walking, reading, golf, gardening, watching AFL and travelling.

Favourite thing to do while on holiday: Exploring and getting lost in back streets of foreign towns and cities and finding unique shops, bars and restaurants – and eating local cuisine with locals.

mike@endeavourtravel.com.au


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