About italktravel Bribie Island

 

Our Staff

We are very fortunate to have so many long term, knowledgeable and dedicated staff members. They “know their stuff”  and love to share their experience with their clients.

We know that, it is our personal experience that counts for so much and will provide that little bit extra to our clients.  We want you to have the best possible travel experience, be it pleasure or business.

Local Community

Our stores have sponsored many local clubs and are pleased that so many members value our experience and commitment to their travel needs.  The local community is the heart of our business, where will live and work.

Our Passion

Our passion is travel, we love to hear of your travel stories and see your photos. We work with you in the planning stage and whilst you travel we are with you in spirit, it is important to us that we meet your expectations and you have a fabulous trip.


Meet the Team

John

John started his career in Travel as the Mail Boy for Thomas Cook in Melbourne when he was fresh out of school. He quickly climbed the ranks from domestic to international Retail travel  and then into his first Management role at the age of 23 with Travel World Burleigh West on the Gold Coast. John opened his own agency along with his wife Roslyn on Bribie Island with Harvey World Travel in 1997. Now italktravel, the office has grown from strength to strength receiving many honourable awards over the years. It is because of John’s passion for the industry and tireless commitment to his clients that made the business on Bribie what it is today. 

Just ask me I am an expert: With over 40 years of working in the travel industry, John’s knowledge and experience has made him a very well rounded Consultant. He is highly experienced all kinds of travel and all kinds of Budgets. He is very diverse and prides himself in being an ‘expert’ is all fields. 

I have travelled and experienced the amazing places of: Middle East , Egypt , Africa, USA, South America , Europe, Russia , Asia , India, Australia, New Zealand and many many more. 

Ship Inspection/sailed on: John has personally sailed on 15+ ships and has inspected countless more. He is CLIA Cruise Accredited and his knowledge of Cruising is impeccable. 

My Dream Holiday is: To sit by a white sandy beach with a Tom Clancy novel in hand anywhere in the world!

I am passionate about: Sending his clients to unusual and unique / challenging destinations….something off the beaten track for them to experience something extraordinary.  

My most memorable travel experience: 1. Walking along-side the animals at the Galapagos 2. Being inside the vehicle when an elephant decided to put his tusks on the front bonet at  the Makutsi game reserve in south Africa

When I hear the word ‘Travel’ I think: Excitement. 


Joss

After Completing a Batchelor of Business and Diploma of Tourism & Management, I started working at Harvey World Travel (now italktravel) Bribie Island in 2008. It is extremely difficult to call being a Travel Consultant a ‘job’ as it has allowed me to travel the world, to eat some incredible cuisine, experience and witness breathtaking scenes and stay in some of the World’s most iconic Properties.  Working in Travel allows me to share my experiences while planning tailored itineraries for each of my clients. I love meeting people that I wouldn’t have otherwise meet outside of my working profession and learning about their travel experiences also. Travel enriches us all!!!! 

Just ask me I am an expert: I am CLIA Accredited (Cruise Line International Association) and have been fortunate enough to have cruised on many ships around the globe. I am passionate about cruising and feel that my knowledge and expertise in this diverse field allows me to find the best fit Cruise for anyone from small ship sailing, river cruises to superliners. 

I have travelled and experienced the amazing places of: Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Dubai, Italy, Switzerland, France, UK, Canada, Mainland USA, Mexico, Caribbean, Indonesia (Bali and Lombok) SA, NT, VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT, QLD and soon will be adding the Philippines to my ticked off list ϑ 

Ship Inspections/sailed on: P&O UK – Aurora; Royal Caribbean Line – Enchantment of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas; P&O Australia – Pacific Dawn, Pacific Sun; Princess Cruises – Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Sea Princess; Carnival Cruises – Carnival Spirit; Regent Seven Seas – Mariner; Expedition Cruises – Orion; Cunard – Queen Mary 2; Celebrity Cruises – Celebrity Solstice, 

My dream holiday is: Road tripping through the USA or Sailing Croatia/Greek Islands. 

I am passionate about: Giving my clients the confidence to push the boundaries and travel to places and experience things they would never had previously thought possible

My most memorable travel experience: Being selected to assist on stage at the Moulin Rouge and witnessing a Pride of Lions feeding in the Lower Zambezi 

When I hear the word ‘Travel’ I think: Finding your soul and being free to Explore, Experience, Taste, Learn and Love 


Kathy

I have had over 25 years in the travel industry and have had the opportunity to travel to some amazing destinations.  I started working in retail travel after leaving High School whilst studying for my Diploma in Tourism and Travel. I also had the opportunity to spend 12 months backpacking around the world. During this time I had experience working in Corporate travel in London. I got married at a beautiful resort in Fiji.  I now have a young family and have many tips on travelling with children. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you.

Just ask me I am an expert: Corporate and holiday travel, International Cruise expert, Family holidays, Weddings and Honeymoons

I have travelled and experienced the amazing places of: Tahiti, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Sabah, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland , Canada, USA, Hawaii. I have also travelled extensively around Australia and have visited many remote places like Cape York, Thursday Island, Kalumburu, Karijini National Park, Bungle Bungles, Pinnacles, Bruny Island ϑ 

Ship Inspections/sailed on:  Royal Caribbean Line – Rhapsody of the Seas; P&O Australia – Pacific Dawn, Pacific Sun;  Princess Cruises – Sun Princess, Sapphire Princess; Star Clipper Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Lines – Pride Of Aloha; Captain Cook Cruises Fiji

My dream holiday is: Travelling through South America and visiting amazing places like Machu Picchu and Iguassu Falls or relaxing in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives. 

I am passionate about: Talking travel and customising travel itineraries so our clients can experiences the holidays they dream of.   

My most memorable travel experience: Visiting the Sepilok Forest Reserve in Sabah and seeing the Orangutans up close. 

When I hear the word ‘Travel’ I think: Fun, Adventure, Culture, Customs, Cuisine!


Linda

I, also like John, started my career in travel for Thomas Cook in Adelaide as their receptionist over 38 years ago.

Over this time, I have worked in many aspects of travel with retail and corporate, sales, airlines and management.

Just ask me I am an expert: I am enthusiastic to make the best experience for our clients, whatever their travel dream may be, and whatever their budget may be

I have travelled and experienced the amazing places of: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, PNG, Micronesia, Europe, USA and Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, The Maldives and the wonderful Africa.

Ship Inspections/sailed on: I have sailed on Royal Caribbean, Princess, P & O, River Cruising, Greek Island cruising and many more. I am also frequently attending ship inspections.  I am CLIA Cruise Master accredited.

My dream holiday is: Sipping a margarita on a stunning beach in the Maldives

I am passionate about:  Our clients holidays

My most memorable travel experience:  Waking up in a hut in Botswana to the vibration of a Bull Elephant eating our shingle roof!

When I hear the word ‘Travel’ I think:  Live the Dream!


Diana

I have had the pleasure of working as a Travel Consultant for 19 years.

QUALIFICATIONS: Diploma of Business (Travel)/   IATA Diploma/ CLIA Cruise accredited

I have been met many interesting people and catered to many diverse travel arrangements. Whether flying to Cairns or travelling ‘Round the World’ I can assist you in your travel arrangements.

Cruising/ International/ Domestic Travel/ Special Interest/School Groups/Corporate Travel/ Honeymoons/ Personalised travel Itineraries.

Interesting moments:   
- Booking a Malaysian Airlines flight for two people and having to book their 40 suitcases as well. 

- Booking car hire for a titled gent from UK out here in Australia for a holiday. The young gent on reservations recognised his name, as he was from  England himself.  He  was ecstatic he was doing this booking. Kept repeating to me “you have made my day”.  A feel good moment. 

- From Commodores, prince and princesses, sirs and ladies, sporting legends to name a few I have been very privileged as a Travel Consultant to work in this industry.

Highlights: I have travelled to some exciting places. America I love, but South Africa is the most amazing, impressive place. A destination you don’t need a camera, images that will stay in your mind forever. Being so close to an elephant, you could reach out and touch.  A visual experience is the holiday that goes on after you come home.

My Holiday Wish List: Learning the Tango in South America and visiting Cuba before too many changes.  Somewhere warm in winter is also very high on the list. 

Passionate about: Cruising, cruising and more cruising. The most relaxing way to take a holiday.  There is a ‘smorgasbord’ of choice for clients.  Clients can indulge in a cruise  itineraries from a  3 – 6 star experience .  From October to March we see a greater array of cruise lines here in Australia for the summer season.