Trav­els­mart and turn your travel dreams into re­al­ity

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END -

The re­turn of win­ter may send a few shiv­ers our way but you’ll find an easy so­lu­tion to the win­ter blues at Ter­race End’s Trav­els­mart. What­ever your de­sired des­ti­na­tion, the travel pro­fes­sion­als will soon have you pack­ing your sun­tan lo­tion and count­ing down the days un­til you get away on your trop­i­cal ad­ven­ture.

While plan­ning ahead can save money on travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion, Ter­race End’s Trav­els­mart and Cruise Cen­tre travel co-or­di­na­tor Shel­ley Hosking says at this time of year they still have plenty of well-priced travel op­tions to pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions such as Aus­tralia, the Cook Is­lands and Fiji, in time for a win­ter get­away.

‘‘If you are con­sid­er­ing Europe this year – you need to be flex­i­ble with your dates and cabin types – but there are river cruises still avail­able for this sea­son.’’ Shel­ley’s spe­cialty area is group book­ings.

‘‘For groups, it’s best to get in at least six months be­fore the travel dates. That way we can get ex­actly the type of ac­com­mo­da­tion the group wants and the best flight op­tions, and by book­ing early we can gen­er­ally get good dis­counts on flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion and any ex­cur­sions or other ac­tiv­i­ties they may want to add to their tour,’’ says Shel­ley.

To qual­ify for group dis­counts the group num­bers can vary; for ac­com­mo­da­tion the group needs to be larger than 10 rooms, for cruises larger than 16 lower berths, and for flights more than 20 pas­sen­gers.

‘‘Trav­el­ling as part of a group is ex­tremely pop­u­lar and we have seen an in­crease in group book­ings for wed­dings, where the bride and groom’s fam­ily and friends can stay to­gether as well as re­lax and en­joy a hol­i­day at the same time. We also or­gan­ise trips for schools, sports and so­cial clubs, as well as cor­po­rate groups, any­where through­out New Zealand and over­seas.’’

All the group leader has to do is let Shel­ley know when and where they want to go and any spe­cial re­quests for sight­see­ing or other ac­tiv­i­ties. Shel­ley will or­gan­ise all the flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers, tick­ets for theme parks or other sight­see­ing at­trac­tions, as well as any char­ter trans­port they may re­quire.

Whether you’re part of a group, a fam­ily or an in­di­vid­ual, the ease of travel has im­proved con­sid­er­ably over the past few years with in­creased op­tions to Aus­tralia and be­yond.

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines will be­gin di­rect flights from Welling­ton to Can­berra and onto Sin­ga­pore from Septem­ber 21 of this year.

Shel­ley says: ‘‘Th­ese will be the first in­ter­na­tional flights for Can­berra and they are cur­rently build­ing their new in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal in prepa­ra­tion for th­ese first flights. From Sin­ga­pore, you can choose from a mul­ti­tude of des­ti­na­tions across 35 coun­tries on three con­ti­nents.’’

Air New Zealand has re­cently added non-stop flights to Buenos Aires, Hous­ton, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila (from De­cem­ber 2016, sub­ject to gov­ern­ment ap­proval). Fly­ing di­rect to Hous­ton gives you many more op­tions for the south­ern and eastern United States as well as to Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica. Fly­ing di­rectly into Ho Chi Minh City gives easy ac­cess to Viet­nam and to other pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in South East Asia.

When book­ing with Trav­els­mart you can re­lax as they’ll take all the stress away. They will check your pass­ports are up-to-date and valid for times of en­try/exit into a coun­try, as well as ar­range any visa re­quire­ments. They can or­gan­ise for­eign cur­rency, typ­i­cally for de­liv­ery overnight, ar­range Cash Pass­port Cards and kit you out with Korjo travel ac­ces­sories. So call into Trav­els­mart in Broad­top Ter­race End, and they’ll turn your dream ad­ven­ture into re­al­ity.

The Trav­els­mart team, from left, Mar­garet Scott, Michele Gullery and Shel­ley Hosking.

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