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About Us 2020-11-18T16:53:57+00:00

MEET THE TEAM

Our specialists are at the heart of Oyster Travel. They have all travelled extensively and documented it perfectly so you can enjoy your adventures.

Sophie Baker

Director

I started working in travel by accident when I ‘helped out’ a family friend stacking brochures in their agency.  That was 17 years ago and to this day brochures and holidays still fascinate me!

It amazes me that the world has become such a small place and everywhere is so accessible. What will Tour Operators think of next…… holidays to space! Actually they already have.

I’ve been very lucky to have visited some fabulous places and experienced many things, climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge, visited the Orang-utan Orphanage in Borneo, Cycled through Central Park, bathed in hot springs in New Zealand to name a few.

As an Independent Travel Agent it’s a great feeling to be able to find Clients a trip which suits their requirements, whether it’s a dream holiday or a late escape.

Vicky Samwell

Manager

The Travel bug caught a firm grip on me at the age of seven, when I started to travel around Europe with my Granny on various escorted coach trips and I’ve not been able to get it out of my system since!

Exploring new destinations and experiencing different cultures captivated me so much that I enrolled on a Travel & Tourism course and I’ve worked in Travel ever since!

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to see so many beautiful destinations and have amazing experiences along the way.. from trekking through the African bush in The Gambia, Experiencing the thrilling rides in Orlando, exploring beautiful cities such as Rome and Amsterdam to paddle boarding in Jamaica and watching the beautiful sunset in Barbados. However, Italy has my heart, the food, wine and culture always draws me back!

Working at Oyster is more than just a job for me, we’re more like family and our customers are at the very heart of what we do.

Hollie Yaxley

Travel Consultant

When I first started working in the Travel Industry I knew I had found my Niche! I was very lucky as a child and was taken on many holidays and my passion for travelling hasn’t halted. Since being with Sophie at Oyster I have been fortunate enough to go on some fantastic trips to South Africa, Australia, The Maldives & Israel to name a few. I love Egypt, North Africa & Turkey and having been to these destinations quite a few times I know the hotels & resorts well!

Putting together a tailor made itinerary is one of my favourite tasks, with Bali and Vietnam being my most popular requests.

Top Travel Tip: Avoid Jetlag by putting brown paper inside your shoes when flying!

Putting together a tailor made itinerary is one of my favourite tasks, with Bali and Vietnam being my most popular requests.

Top Travel Tip: Avoid Jetlag by putting brown paper inside your shoes when flying!

Laura Sudder

Travel Consultant

I have always loved travelling abroad and had a passion for travel so it seemed like the logical thing to do as a career. I have experienced lots of sides of the travel industry from working at the airport to being a holiday rep abroad. However my favourite job is booking people their dream holidays.

I have been fortunate enough to visit Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, South Africa and have even experienced a trip on a 5* luxury river cruise since working at Oyster Travel.

As well as arranging holidays I love organising weddings abroad and have experienced this first hand by getting married in Greece.

Bernadette Tibble

Travel Consultant

My dream was always to travel to exotic places and see the world. I have worked in travel for over 30 years.

I began working for Air Uk in Norwich and left to work as a stewardess for Gulf Air in the Middle East. I then took a year out to travel round the world and then spent several years working in Business Travel.

After having my family I start working in the holiday sector and have been really lucky over the years to have had some amazing educationals such as swimming with pigs in the Bahamas. Working for Oyster Travel is like working for a family we care about each other and want the best for our customers

Amy Barnard

After Sales Consultant

Having been In travel all of my working life I can honestly say I would never want to be In any other industry.

I started in travel as work experience 20 years ago and moved through sales and then to management before leaving to start my family. After deciding to return to work I was lucky enough to join the team at Oyster Travel. My current role is mainly after sales which covers a wide variety of tasks. 

I am very proud to be part of such a successful and happy team.

Rachael Huggins

Travel Consultant / After Sales Consultant

25 years ago I was lucky enough to be given a trainee position in a travel agency and have never looked back. Over the years I have had some amazing holidays and educationals to places such as the Caribbean, Cuba, Maldives and Sri Lanka but my heart lies in Africa. I have been to Kenya three times, South Africa, Egypt and Tunisia and loved every single trip.

I love a challenge so feel free to contact me.

Top Travel Tip: Eat Marmite and the mosquitos will avoid you

Rebecca Howes

Travel Consultant

Francesca Yallop

Travel Consultant

Kimm Beardmore

Travel Consultant

Zoe Pope

Travel Consultant

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