I am Karen Gowing, a mum of 4 and nanny of 8 (costs me a fortune). I haven’t always worked in travel but I’ve always enjoyed travelling.
One day I was booking our family holiday to Disney World Florida, and I thought to myself what a lovely job this would be, helping to make other peoples dreams a reality. So I decided that when my youngest daughter started middle school I would look into becoming a travel agent. In 2007, I enrolled in City College Norwich to study travel & tourism. It was the best decision I made. I achieved a Distinction Star. Student of the year, achieving the highest score in 7 years. It was not because I was older and wiser, I struggled like everyone with some of the tasks, it was because I was extremely passionate and wanted to achieve my goal so badly.
I went on to get my first job in travel in 2009 at Thomas Cook in Norwich, and from there I moved to Travel Norwich Airport where I worked until May this year.
I have travelled to many places over the years including Spain, Tenerife, Majorca, Halkadiki, Amsterdam, Jersey (War tunnels and war history is a must), Gibraltar (England in the sun. I adore Gibraltar), Iceland (didn’t see the Northern Lights), Lapland, Disneyland Paris, Bulgaria, Turkey, Belgium, Egypt, Florida, Memphis, Maderia, Jamaica (this was my last trip in February).
I love every trip I take all for different reasons. Florida, as it was a fun family holiday. Memphis was a dream of mine as I am a huge music fan, particularly Elvis. I stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel which is now known as The Guest House at Graceland. Just across the road from the mansion. The Sun Studios and Gibson Guitar Museum are definitely a must, all the Soul & Motown history is just amazing. You also do not want to miss the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. I found Jamaica magical as my first Caribbean Holiday, made extra special by my partner proposing to me whilst we were there. I said yes, obviously.
Next on my bucket list is Las Vegas. My fiancé and I were booked to stay at the Bellagio in June this year for my 50th birthday. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this was cancelled, so will have to go back on my list. I’d also like to do Route 66 and visit Malta.
More cruises are also on my list of must dos, I have been on a couple of cruise ships NCL & MSC and hope to see many more in the future.
The best thing about my job is meeting people, getting to know them & helping to make their dream holiday a reality.
I can’t wait to get started on this new venture with Fred. Olsen Travel and do the job I love again sending local people on holiday from our local airport.