Work hard, play hard. That’s the universal travel agent’s motto, right? RIGHT! Yes, you love to make other people’s dreams come true, but sometimes it’s nice to pack your bags and set off on your own adventure too.

Famils are going strong (shout out to all the wonderful companies that you sell) and we love to see your happy little faces while overseas.

That’s why we’re bringing you a weekly famil wrap, so we can all have a nose as to what you’ve been up to and to give you some extra bragging rights, because, let’s face it… the travel industry is the best industry in the world? #travelforlife

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Travellers Choice agents explore the North Island

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New Zealand’s Northland region offers visitors an unrivalled experience when it comes to the country’s history and culture, and as select group of Travellers Choice agents recently discovered its natural beauty is also pretty special.

The exclusive six-day educational – hosted by ANZCRO and Air New Zealand – began with a drive from Auckland to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, from where they explored the region.

Highlights included a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island and a trip to Waitangi, signing place in 1840 of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi between the Māori tribes and the British Crown.

The group also took a full-day tour to Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua) at the very top of the North Island – a wild and relatively untouched region, rich in Maori culture. As Marita Behrendorff from Aspire Travel & Cruise in Maryborough, Queensland, discovered, it’s home to some spectacular and fun scenery.

The educational finished with a tour of Waiheke Island, the most populated island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and home to some of the country’s most picturesque wineries.

 

Agents from WA fly ANA

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ANA wanted to provide the Western Australian travel industry partners with a hands-on experience flying ANA’s new daily direct Perth services to Tokyo.

Flying on one of ANA’s 787 Dreamliners, nine lucky travel agents travelled to Japan to discover what products and services this airline provides, along with a deeper knowledge of what Japan has to offer.

After a day and night to discover some of the attractions of Tokyo, the group travelled to Mt.Fuji, Hakone, Kyoto and Nara where they had the opportunity to explore shrines, temples, markets and great Japanese cuisine.

 

Feeling Chile with Bunnik Tours

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A group of nine travel agents has just returned from a fascinating ten-day famil to Chile guided by four Bunnik staff.

Beginning in Chile’s capital, cosmopolitan Santiago – the group got a true bird’s eye vista of the city and surrounds from the Sky Costanera observatory, South America’s tallest building.

From there it was off to a traditional Atacameno farm to gain an insight into daily life in this vast desert setting before enjoying sunset drinks at Moon Valley.

The tour provided the agents ongoing opportunities to experience the country’s diverse culture, food and landscapes from the El Tatio Geysers, the stunning Lake district at Temuco, the extensive lava tunnels created by the still active Villarica Volcano (also known as the “Devil’s House”) through to the contrasting lush surrounds of the Huilo Huilo Nature Reserve where the group stayed in the renowned Nothofagus Hotel and Spa – a “luxury treehouse” in the middle of the biosphere.

 

New York, New York

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I Love New York Australia has given six lucky Australian travel agents a taster of the best of upstate New York with its incentive famil last month.

Hosted over the course of a week and to the striking backdrop of New York State’s famous fall foliage, the agents explored six regions beyond Manhattan’s bright lights.

Starting just an hour out of New York City, in Long Island, the agents enjoyed the full bounty of fall’s harvest with pumpkin picking, before exploring a selection of the Hamptons’ most iconic mansions; a peek at the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.

In Hudson Valley, the agents delved into the arts and history of the region and experienced the fall colours and Hudson River via a unique view – a flight in a historic aircraft.

The Catskills region was the next stop, where the agents savoured a true American outdoors experience, staying overnight in cabins and making their own s’mores.

In the Finger Lakes, the agents explored world-class wineries while taking in sweeping views of the fall colours over the region’s lakes.

Buffalo, the group’s second to last stop, served up incredible architecture and art, while at Niagara Falls, the last stop on the famil, the agents experienced the roar of the world’s second-largest waterfall and the famed Maid of the Mist.

 

Travel Associates go Stateside

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A few weeks back six lucky agents were hosted by San Francisco Travel and Sonoma County Tourism in partnership with United Airlines for an adventure-filled famil. Agents flew from Sydney direct and from Melbourne on the inaugural United MEL-SFO flight. All agents were treated to United’s Polaris Business Class on the way to SFO and Economy Plus on the way back.

The agents spent the first three nights in San Francisco at Taj Campton Place and experienced all the city has to offer with major highlights including a drag show on Halloween, a sunset cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and a helicopter ride over the San Francisco Bay.

The remaining two nights were spent at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma County. Here agents enjoyed the vast regions of the county with activities such as kayaking on the Russian River, Sip and Cycle tours to various wineries and exploring the California redwood forests at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.

 

If you’ve been on an epic famil recently, be sure to send us the information and some photos for a feature in our weekly famil wrap.

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