PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND & MORE ABOUT ME
What Makes Me Qualified To Handle Your VIP Travel Arrangements?
Hi, my name is Gaynor Pickard and I am a Private Travel Manager & Luxury Travel Agent. I have worked in the luxury travel and tourism sector for over 30 years now, so, I think it’s safe to say I’ve gained a 360 degree knowledge of the industry as I’ve tried my hand at just about everything. I’ve been a Luxury Travel Agent, a Specialist Tour Operator, Operations Director for a Sports/Group Travel Company, Head Of Operations For An Event Management Company, Director Of Sales Within Luxury Hotels, Tea Maker, Brochure Stamper and everything in between.
I left home at a very young age and fell into travel after getting fed up with trying to make a living from competing with my horses, teaching riding and breeding cattle. So, I went to work in a retail travel agency and when I got fed up with peddling package holidays I left home for London aged 20 with only my suitcase and the promise of a friends sofa to sleep on. Needless to say I soon found a job working for a long-haul tour operator and as they say the rest is history.
I love cities and could, and have, spent days just wandering and watching, browsing and discovering. I need to live close to nature and travel to places that allow me to simply escape. I am rather logical but also creative and adore enabling people to experience mind blowing travel.
Because I have lived a very colourful life and worked & socialised with people from many different types backgrounds I understand their needs and challenges.
Today, I currently work for a small portfolio of executives, sporting professionals, media clients, couples & families locally and nationally, I manage every aspect of their personal travel needs, right down to the smallest detail.
My clients are time precious, savvy travellers who actively seek luxury travel brands, exceptional value & service as well as fresh, useful advice & tips to greatly enhance their travel arrangements. Many have been recommended to me by other clients or have found their way to me after challenges with internet based travel companies.
I work tenaciously to ensure that every holiday & travel itinerary is expertly sourced, tightly costed and meticulously coordinated. It's my business to know what's hot and what's not and go the extra mile to find out what makes a client tick and what turns them off.
With over three decades of travel experience and a huge book of contacts, when it comes to holidays and travel I can pretty much pull off the near impossible! Sure, I am well travelled myself but it's not about where I have stayed it's all about the experiences which I have created for the people that I have had the privilege of working for.
I am always only a phone call away to deal with any travel curve balls that get thrown my clients way (let's face it, these situations occur) and everyone gets VIP'D (because you can't really VIP yourself)
You will find my service to be extraordinary yet friendly and always discreet.
I look Forward To Working With You