Meet the Team

JO 

Hi my name is Jo and I am the proud owner of Holidaze, we are based on the Wimborne Road in Kinson, Bournemouth.Prior to opening Holidaze in 2005, alongside my husband Chris, I managed several agencies in the Midlands.

I have now been in the travel industry for over 30years, I am very passionate about travelling and I love that I can combine this with sharing my experiences and personal knowledge with all of my customers.

I have extensive first hand travel experience to various destinations, including Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Canaries, USA, South Africa, Jamaica, Caribbean, Gambia, Far East, Middle East and cruising.

To date Thailand has to be one of my firm favourites, the beaches, the hospitality and the local cuisine is just amazing. Whilst the beautiful island of Antigua in the Caribbean is very close to my heart. Another favourite and at the top of my list, was a trip along the West Coast of America. Flying into Las Vegas, driving to Los Angeles and stopping en route in Santa Monica, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Santa Cruz and finally ending the trip in San Francisco and WOW!!! What an experience, visiting the sites of Hollywood, Beverley Hills, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz to name but a few. The list just goes on.Most recently added, to the list was Singapore, Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur.

I absolutely love putting together tailor made itineraries to suit each individual customer. I appreciate and understand that everybody has different needs and requirements.

I will make it my mission to ensure that not only do I get you the best deal but I will also endeavour to get   you your dream holiday and make the whole experience of booking your   holiday a pleasure from beginning to end.

At Holidaze I and my team pride ourselves in customer service and delivering the best personal experience possible. You can pop into our office in Kinson, sit back, relax and enjoy the comfortable surroundings with a cup of tea or coffee in hand and let us do all of the hard work for you, with many suppliers to choose from we will ensure that we match your requirements and needs to make your holiday a perfect one.

I can’t wait to start making recommendations and suggestions to you, so what are you waiting for? I look forward to seeing you very soon.

TRACY

Hi my name is Tracy; I have worked in the travel industry for over 37 years, where I have been part of the Holidaze team since 2012.

I have a real passion for travel and have travelled extensively to many countries, including; France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Madeira,  Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, Tunisia, Morocco, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Czechoslovakia, USA, Caribbean, Malaysia,  Thailand, Hong Kong, Borneo, India, Kenya, Mauritius, Costa Rica and South Africa.

My absolute favourite way to travel is by sea, I love to cruise. To date I have been on over 55 cruises, including cruise lines such as P&O, Celebrity, Cunard, MSC, Costa, Fred Olsen, Holland America Line, Thomson, Royal Caribbean, NCL and most recently, Cruise and Maritime.

My next adventure will be experiencing Alaska this June (naturally by sea), which I am very much looking forward to experiencing. 

I am the cruise specialist at Holidaze and having cruised many times, I am able to give you impartial and independent advice to suit your needs, whilst offering you personal and firsthand knowledge. So why not pop in and see me or call and make your very own personal appointment? I look forward to seeing you very soon.

ROZ

Hi, my name is Roz and my career in travel spans over 45 years.

If you asked me where my favourite place is I just wouldn’t know what to say. My work in the travel industry has given me the privilege to visit every continent in the world. The culture and beauty of different countries never ceases to fascinate and offer happy everlasting memories. I have experienced the excitement of seeing penguins in Antarctica, marvel at the sight of the Terracotta Army, climb to the top of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef.

I know that we are all individuals. At Holidaze we believe that customer service and attention to detail is paramount. My passion for touring and exploration has taken me to countries where I have learnt history, customs and rituals known only to those that have been amongst the local people with the chance to pick up those little tips along the way not found in guide books. So why not let me ‘tailor –make’ you a holiday of a lifetime taking you to those places you have only ever dreamed of and leaving you with everlasting memories.

SAM

Hi, my name is Sam. I am recently 2 years qualified here at Holidaze after completing a Diploma in Travel and Tourism.

I am very passionate about travel and I love travelling. I have visited many places over the years including Uganda, South Africa, Australia, various European countries and most recently a Caribbean cruise. This is a fantastic way to see different islands, on just one trip. We experienced swimming with turtles and stingrays, which was amazing!

I also love short City Breaks, having recently been to Prague. Well worth a visit from Bournemouth.

I am very excited to soon be visiting New Zealand and Singapore along with my partner. We will be seeing both North and South islands and we are very much looking forward to experiencing this beautiful country.

To date, I think my top three destinations have to be: Uganda, South Africa, St Kitts

MELVIN

Five years ago I joined the Holidaze Team as an independent freelance travel consultant, with more than 50 years experience of providing holiday reservations and travel advice to many satisfied clients. I strongly believe in personal service and, I would be delighted to visit you, by appointment, in the comfort of your own home to discuss your holiday arrangements if more convenient than coming to our office.

Way back in 1977 my wife and I journeyed overland from London to Kathmandu, Nepal. A 49 days’ journey by coach passing through Afghanistan, Iran, & India before flying on to Bangkok and Hong Kong. My passion for travel has continued, and it gives me a lot of pleasure inspiring others to visit virtually every destination I have visited over the years – too many to mention.

On a personal basis I have visited a vast variety of worldwide destinations including many European cities and resorts: Australia, Israel, North, South & Central America, the Far East, as well as taking a variety of cruises. I have enjoyed escorting groups to Israel – The Holy Land and travelled extensively through Poland.

Please contact me so I can share my travel experiences with you and possibly suggest a destination that you had not previously considered. Just to whet your appetite, my more unusual travels have taken me to the lovely Baltic beach resort of Sopot in Poland (which boasts having the longest wooden pier in Europe), Kangaroo Island just off the South Australian coast from Adelaide – ideal for nature lovers – a sleigh ride pulled by huskies across an Alaskan glacier, a safari through the Chobe National Park in Botswana – with an elephant population in excess of 120,000 and more recently visiting various ports of call in Vietnam while enjoying a cruise and similarly South America including The Falkland Islands. Nearer to home, London is a firm favourite of mine and an ideal destination for a short cultural, shopping or theatre break. Being a former Londoner myself I will be more than happy to make suggestions to meet your personal requirements.

OSCAR

I am the resident Shitzu of Holidaze and I love coming to work every day with my mommy Jo. I love to welcome all of our customers with a friendly greeting and I love being fussed. Now, I would just like to tell you a little bit about myself :

Hobbies: Being pampered, long walks to the pub and socializing
Bad habits: Going exploring without my mummy. And getting amorous with my basket at inappropriate times!
Travelled to: Birmingham, the New Forest and Hengistbury Head but the world is my oyster
Bucket list destination: I’d like to accompany Paul O’Grady on one of his Indian adventures, take a hot air balloon ride across the Masai Mara and watch the sun set in Santorini
Is there a Mrs. Oscar? No, I like being an only child!

Jo says: “Oscar brings a calm influence to the office and a friendly greeting and smile to all customers and the team. “He definitely attracts customers – they sometimes just come in to see Oscar and have a play, and they will come back on another day to book their holiday.”