Who am I?
It occurs to me that whilst you know what I do, you don’t actually know who I am, and since relationships are key in my business, I thought it time to rectify that, so here goes.
My father is Scottish, my mother is English, I was born in London, but lived just outside Edinburgh until I was 10. I guess that makes me half and half, which is really only ever an issue when Scotland play England at rugby :-)
My first trip abroad was to Italy when I was 9, I was so captivated by all things Italian, that I made a little scrap book with money, postcards and notes about places I had seen. I still have it somewhere.
When I grew up I wanted to be either a flight attendant, or an interpreter for the UN (yes, I had a very specific employer in mind).
We moved around a fair bit as kids and I was often “the new girl” at school, but I learnt to adapt and fit in pretty quickly, a useful skill when travelling too.
After college I got a job in banking, nope I did not go to University, so you can see the dream of being an interpreter had already gone out the window. Why banking? Well. My family were all in finance in some way and I did what was expected. If you do know me, you may marvel at the fact that I wanted to do what was expected of me.
Anyway, at the grand age of 23 I decided enough was enough, I ditched the job in the city and the boyfriend and ran off to join, no, not the circus, but Gulf Air.
Based in Bahrain, I flew with them for 12 years. I travelled the world and got paid to do it, it was a grand life at 23, and I even had a cleaner! Apart from the travelling and meeting new people all over the world, I made friends for life.
Joining Gulf Air was a pivotal moment in my life, I found out who I was and discovered a passion for travel and exploring that runs deep in my veins and is part of who I am.
From Bahrain I moved to Saudi Arabia and worked on a private jet for a Saudi family for 18 months or so (life is Saudi is a whole other story). From Saudi I moved back to London and over the next few years, worked in a couple of hotels looking after movie stars and such VIPs as the then President of Ireland. Not one to sit still for long, I also had a break in between when I worked in Dubai for a Jet Charter company and another when I lived in Argentina for six months.
I guess now you can see that the travel bug had bitten me pretty hard
Travel Magellan is now in its 7th year in business and many of my fabulous clients have been with me from the start. One client, and his friends and family, all call me Moneypenny, and when taking travel to other people, they will say, “oh, you need to speak to Moneypenny, she’s the best”. I really do have the best clients!
After a brief stint at a private travel company in London which went under, I decided, with the encouragement of a client, to set up on my own and so Travel Magellan was born.
The idea behind Travel Magellan, was to provide a highly personalised luxury travel service to those looking for just that. I take time to get to know my clients, their likes and dislikes, their travel dreams, and nightmares, and much more. My clients often send me photos when they travel, and in turn I send them photos and emails “I saw this and thought of you”.
Nowadays this Moneypenny works from home on the edge of a vast forest in Sussex where she lives with her husband, two Labradors, nine rescue chickens and two goldfish. I also have two stepdaughters who are here on weekends and holidays. I travel approx. 12 times a year, seeking the new, the exciting and the extraordinary for my clients, as well as the best places for vegetarian/vegan food.
My favourite countries (because everyone always asks), are Italy and New Zealand and my trip of a lifetime was to Tibet last year. Where have I been and what is still on my wish list? both lists are too long, but if you pop back to read my blog posts now and again, you will find out.
So now you know me a little better, do get in touch if you would like my help with your travels.
In the meantime, I wish you all safe travels and wonderful adventures.