Grand Canyon USA

Meet the Team

Jane Johnston - Managing Director

Short Bio: Jane has since been in travel her entire career. Starting with Ansett Holidays in 1981, Jane continued working for Qantas and Thomas Cook before becoming a locum for agencies around Hobart in Tasmania. In 1995 she decided to embark on her own agency and because of her knowledge called it “Know How”. During this stage she was the President of the Chamber of Commerce in Sorell and organised the Bushranger Festival and was in charge of setting up the Sorell Online Access Centre and Visitor Information Centre. As a singer/songwriter she also won the Song of Sorell competition. Her website Australian Discount Travel & Tours was the first online booking travel site in Australia and she was the biggest seller of Virgin and Qantas online at one stage. In 2006 Travel with a Cause was set up to pour profits into third world countries

Places I've visited: Fiji 17 times...yep it is my second home and I was married on the beach in the Yasawas , and then many different times over the years including Bali, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, China, Macau, India, Nepal, South Africa, Croatia, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, UK, USA, Canada, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu, Noumea, New Zealand! Still want to visit the rest of the world but mainly South America , Russia and Central America.

Favourite travel destination: Canada.

Why? I lived there for a year in 1980 as a Rotary Exchange student and love the people and the magnificent surrounds. I have been back twice since, and just recently took my daughter to Whistler and caught up with friends and host parents.

Most memorable travel experience: Crash landing in Katmandhu Nepal with Air India in 1991.

Travel Tips: Roll you clothes to fit more in and always take Tampertell's so you can see if anyone has been in your bags.

When I go on a holiday, the first thing I pack is: Bathers, I figure there is always somewhere to swim.

My dream holiday: Anywhere tropical with great snorkelling or where there is excellent skiing!

Allan Branch - Director

Short Bio: Since 1997 Allan has been travelling the world building or rebuilding international companies. This is most often as an executive director, and at times it has been companies in severe financial, technological or commercial stress, an area in which he has developed specialized methodologies and which are the subject of an upcoming management book (“Save the Day: How to Save Any Failed or Failing Company Without Downsizing”). “Any hatchet man can fix a company short term by sacking people. Nothing clever in that!” Companies have been of all sizes and industries, with differing problems and at various stages in their life cycles. They have included resources like Krucible Metals (Qld), accounting and financial services like True North Group (Australia) or ReadyTestGo (LA), FMCG like International Organics and Hartz Mineral Waters, biotechs in Zurich and Pittsburgh, dotcoms in Chennai and San Jose, multimedia in Sydney and Los Angeles, retailing, construction, medical technology in New Jersey and the UK, management services, manufacturing of products like paint, cosmetics, construction materials, and non-profit organizations like Arts Horizons in New Jersey, aged health care in NY and public radio in Tasmania.

Current Position: Allan is currently heading up the Steer family group of companies including pioneering international telco billing technology company Oasis Systems and the innovative sports race car manufacturer West Motorsport with its facilities in Adelaide and Bangkok.

Richard Parker - Director

Richard Parker has worked with the company since its inception. He has a background of over 30 years at management level in the service and business arenas and operated a travel agency for a number of years. Whilst committed to customer service, Richard’s true passion lies with the humanitarian side of the company, with a special interest in African poverty.  On behalf of Travel with a Cause, he has worked on projects in Zamia and Kenya and is currently seeking to improve education and self-help projects to needy women and children of Kibera Slum, Nairobi.

Richard has Two degrees in International Relations and Journalism.

 

Peter Bahr - Director

Places I've visited: USA, New Zealand, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Venice, Croatia, Greek Islands, Ephesus (Turkey),Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga & New Caledonia.

Favourite travel destination: 
Tasmania

Why? 
Amazing variety in a small geographical area

Most memorable travel experience: 
My wife & I flying into Sydney in the cockpit of a Boeing 767 aircraft  & coming out of the clouds to land on the North/South runway, which meant flying over the city. The first sight coming out of the clouds was the Sydney Harbour Bridge& the Opera House, which we felt we could reach out & touch – was like a dream.


Calypso Ayres- Travel Consultant

Places I've visited: Fiji, Vietnam, Singapore, Hawaii, New Zealand, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Norfolk Island.

Favourite travel destination:
Fiji

Why? I just love the laid back and friendly culture and the warm weather!

Most memorable travel experience: Going to Agroventures adventure park in Rotorura, New Zealand, and doing the giant Swoop!

Travel Tips: Relax and just enjoy it!  

When I go on a holiday, the first thing I pack is: My passport.

The best thing about my job is: I love that for some clients, I am assisting them make their dreams a reality. I also love how travelling the world is a necessity for my job.

My dream holiday: Is to one day (hopefully soon) travel around Australia in a campervan with a group of mates.

 

Loey McFarlane - Travel Consultant


Places I’ve visited: :  I am an adventurer and a world-wide globetrotter.  I have travelled to the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, Chile Argentina, and Brazil.  I have backpacked throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East:- including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Monaco, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.  I have travelled to every State and Territory throughout Australia. And I have sailed aboard Princess, P&O, and Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

Favourite travel destination: I am always asking this question, but the truth is – I have many.

Why? Unforgettable experiences such as:- trekking to Machu Picchu, boogie boarding down the Zambezi River, kayaking through Patagonia and the magnificent Glaciers, hearing the roar of the falls and feeling the spray of the cool water from incredible falls such as Niagara, Victoria and Iguazu Falls, quad biking the Namib Desert, camel riding in Giza, a Felucca on the Nile, river rafting the Nile, Gallipoli on Anzac Day, up close and personal with mountain Gorillas, floating in a hot air balloon over Central Australia, and the list goes on.

Most memorable travel experience: 3 months in Central and South America:- simply mind blowing.

Travel Tips: Immerse yourself! Learn the basics of the local language, eat where the locals eat, shop where the locals shop, and smile!

When I go on a holiday, the first thing I pack is: My spirit of adventure!

My dream holiday: Adventures on my wish list include Morocco, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Iceland, and more of South and Central America!

Amy - Travel Consultant


Places I’ve visited:
Fiji, New Zealand, Canada, Los Angeles, Queensland, Sydney, and Melbourne.

Favourite travel destination: Fiji.

Why? I fell in love with the laid back lifestyle and the beautiful islands and coral reefs.

Most memorable travel experience:  Skiing down Whistler in Canada.

Travel Tips:
Be prepared, don’t forget your passport.

When I go on a holiday, the first thing I pack is:
Comfy pyjamas.

My dream holiday: Exploring the Mediterranean, the Greek islands and snorkeling.
 

 Jazz Adaszynski - Travel Consultant

Places I've visited: Thailand (twice), Hawaii and Bali .

Favourite travel destination:
Hawaii.

Why? It was absolutely incredible, everything about it was beautiful down to the environment and the people.

Most memorable travel experience: Riding elephants in Thailand and snorkeling in the stunning waters of Hanauma bay in Honolulu.

Travel Tips: Always purchase travel insurance! Make photocopies of important documents. Take lots of photos!

When I go on a holiday, the first thing I pack is: My passport (not in my suitcase).

My dream holiday: Because I love history I would travel all around Europe to learn about events that happened in the past and visit monuments. Or go on an archaeology volunteering trip!


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