Introducing Stephanie Coleman - Destination Specialist

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Stephanie Coleman - Destination Specialist                       Stephanie Coleman - Destination Specialist

 

When on a long-haul flight to the South Pacific, it’s important to keep in mind that life’s adventures always include the journeys we’re on, the people we take with us as well as meet along the way and the service we experience. My travel tip - I’d suggest bringing a nice pair of ear buds with you to save on the cost of purchasing them onboard and keeping hydrated to fend off that dry air on airplanes.

 

I’ve worked in the travel industry for over 15 years specializing in the South Pacific regions, Asia and Africa.  One of the things I love most about the South Pacific is the ability to have an entire beach all to myself!  The islands of the South Pacific are so secluded that you’ll never have to rush to ‘reserve’ a beach chair.  In fact a ‘busy day' typically includes about five people on the beach... just to give you a sense of how secluded these beaches are. 

 

One of my favourite places in the South Pacific is the Cook Islands.  Aside from pretty beaches and reefs, I just love hopping on a scooter and doing some exploring.  Next time I return, I plan to visit Atiu – if you want something remote and nearly uninhabited, this is your island!  The island of Atiu offers stunning beaches, no real township, an unspoiled and lush rainforest, a dense tropical jungle and a genuinely authentic islander life with a population of fewer than 1,000 people! 

 

A travel tip for you: include a flight transfer when visiting small islands rather than a boat transfer. You’ll get the best bang for your buck!  You get a stunning scenic flight as well as a transfer in one.

 

When visiting Australia: you must make room on your itinerary to visit Kangaroo Island!  The tours are spectacular and you’ll love spotting wildlife roaming just about anywhere!  Secondly, tipping is not customary anywhere in Australia, or the rest of the South Pacific for that matter and our dollar is always good in comparison!  Lastly, the best way to explore a large country like Australia is via a scenic train.  You’ll love the views of Australia that unfold before your eyes, as well as the unique personalities of each city the train stops at. 

 

Why else visit the South Pacific?  Well, unless you have friends and family who live in Australia like I do, which is always an excellent reason to return, I also believe that it’s important travellers are taken out of their element every once in a while, step away from the ‘cookie cutter’ vacations out there and visit somewhere extraordinary!

 

Places I’ve been:

 

Australia (Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory)

New Zealand (North and South)

Fiji

Cook Islands

French Polynesian Islands (Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Tikehau, Raiatea, Taha’a)

Singapore

Hong Kong

Thailand

Malaysia 

Indonesia

Kenya