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Lorna Neale

When did you start working in the travel industry?

I completed my two weeks work experience at Thorpe Travel while studying at High School. I then started as the Saturday girl while studying Travel and Tourism at Norwich City College. After I finished my two year course in 2006 I was offered a Trainee Travel Consultant job. A year later I was asked to become the cruise specialist which was extremely nervous about; at the time I didn't know much about cruising. The role gave me so many fantastic opportunities as I got to sample a few cruises and I visited lots of cruise ships whilst docked in UK ports. In 2017 I was promoted to Branch Manager and I have enjoyed every moment of managing an independent travel agency.

What is your favourite Holiday Destination?

It has to be Spain - I've been to Mainland Spain, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. I tend to travel to Tossa de Mar which is a small resort in Costa Brava. The area is quiet, very Spanish and it's a lovely coastal resort.

Where would you like to visit next?

This would have to be China; the country has so much to offer. I would love to visit the Pandas, see the Terracotta Warriors, visit Beijing and visit The Great Wall of China.

What were your favourite childhood holidays?

As I child I didn't travel too far, many of my summer holidays were spent at a local caravan park in Norfolk. My first holiday by plane was to Ibiza, we stayed in Playa d'en Bossa. The resort was lovely - we visited the waterpark, spent lots of time on the beach, visited the Hippy Market and walked up Ibiza Castle where the views of the bay were stunning.

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