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Meet the Team

Justine Waddington, founder & director

Justine Waddington, founder & director

'My passion for travel lead me to starting Encounter Travel. I believe that travel expands your minds, reduces your prejudice and positively develops your values. I am blessed to be doing work everyday that I love.'

Justine is a solo travel advocate and published the solo traveller's resource, The Solo Traveller's Compasshow to travel solo but no alone. Find out more by visiting her website www.justinewaddington.com

Cathy, travel consultant | airfares specialist

Cathy, travel consultant | airfares specialist

'I have been very fortunate to work in the travel industry since 1988. I've had amazing, priceless travel experiences which have changed my life and believe travel is a rite of passage. I enjoy sharing my experiences and help making other people's experiences as memorable as mine.'

Sachiko, Travel Consultant

Sachiko, Travel Consultant

'I have been working in the travel industry for nearly ten years and have been to the most extraordinary places on this earth. I love the thought of going to new places and mixing with the locals. I feel that travel opens your mind and soul. It embraces diversity and you see the world from another point of view. By being a part of this team enables me to share my experiences to our clients.'

Mel, Travel Consultant

Mel, Travel Consultant

"I was fortunate from a young age to travel quite extensively and am sure started my passion for travel which I now have passed on to my own family. I believe travelling broadens the mind and heightens the senses. The excitement it brings to clients is always rewarding and with over fifteen years in travel, including retail, corporate and groups consulting as well as managing and leading a small team, I am excited to be part of the team here at Encounter Travel."

Chantal, product manager - tours

Chantal, product manager - tours

'After travelling to Europe as a young girl, I came home with a passion for travelling which lead me to work in the travel industry.  With over 20 years experience, I have been lucky enough to visit many beautiful countries and met some wonderful new friends along the way. Having lived in Canada and travelling extensively, I love being able to help bring new adventures and experiences into the lives of others.'

Elaine, groups coordinator

Elaine, groups coordinator

'My first overseas trip was to Europe in 1998 which was a great adventure. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to travel to many countries and experience the different sights and cultures. I have also come away from my travels with new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. It is a great way to educate your mind and an opportunity to experience a fantastic journey to see the world and enjoy every priceless moment.'

Lauren, cruise groups coordinator

Lauren, cruise groups coordinator

'Over the past 15 years I have been fortunate enough to travel the world and meet people from all different walks of life as well as exploring some of the most beautiful places in the world. I find travelling broadens your mind and soothes your soul. After living in London and travelling around Europe for two years I decided that the travel industry was calling me. I am blessed to be able to share my experiences and knowledge with people and I get so much enjoyment out of planning peoples dream holidays.'

Pauline, travel support team

Pauline, travel support team

'It's really exciting and lots of fun to work in the world of travel.  It's also very rewarding to be able to help people find great holidays to suit their needs. And when our customers take the time to let us know later how much they liked their holidays - then that's the best feeling of all.'

Liza, Travel Support Team

Liza, Travel Support Team

'I have worked in the travel industry for many years and during this time I have been lucky enough to travel to all corners of the globe. Travel is a life changing experience where you're able to meet some incredible people and visit some of the most beautiful places on earth.  I enjoy using my own knowledge & experience to help others fulfil their own special travel memories.'

Maeleen, Travel Administrator

Maeleen, Travel Administrator

'I’ve always liked to travel. Travelling has opened my eyes for new learnings. I used to travel with friends or in groups, and our friendships have grown stronger, bonded by travel.  I hope soon, I'll be travelling with my own family,  and hope to share my passion for travel with them'. 

Roommates

Take advantage of great savings when you choose to share a room. Our roommate matching option means you can take advantage of the twin share room rate.

Age-matched holidays

All our trips are age-matched so it's more likely you will travel with other like-minded single travellers. Popular age groups include 40 to 59 years and 45 years & over.

Testimonials

Moscow to Prague

May 2017

'Not only was my holiday great value for money, it was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable.  A lovely group of fellow travellers made it an experience I will treasure forever.'

Michelle, 53
NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'I have just returned from my Italian Splendour trip. It was a fantastic holiday. Seeing historical sites, going on walking tours through cities. The highlight dinners were amazing. Everything was organised extremely well. Most importantly were the friends I made. We were like one big family!'

Kerry, 61 years
Sydney, NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'I would definitely recommend Encounter Travel - I went on the Italian Splendour May 2017 tour (22 days).  I loved every minute of this adventure.  Our italian guide and driver enabled us to easily immerse into the fabulous culture and lifestyle of Italy.  Having a small group of 15 allowed us easy access to everything (less waiting times) and we soon became friends while exploring the magical cities of Italy.  I felt safe and totally pampered the entire time!  The hotels we stayed in and the restaurants we dined at were first class.  I left my heart in Italy.'

Tracey, 53 years
Gold Coast, QLD
Moscow to Prague

May 2017

'Russia to Prague an interesting and very informative tour, we saw so much. Beautiful Baltic countries.'

Sandra, 66
NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'What an amazing trip to Italy. If you had told me that 15 complete strangers could be thrown together in a foreign country and all hit it off so easily I would never have believed it. It was nice to have 2 or 3 nights in each stop and not be moving on each day. From the history of Rome, to the stunning Amalfi coast, picturesque Venice, lunch under the Tuscan sun, vinegar tasting in Modena and relaxing at Lake Maggiore......every day was pure joy. I had looked at this trip for a couple of years before taking the plunge and booking it. A trip to remember for years to come and I have also made some fantastic new life long friends.'

Leanne ,56 years
Melbourne
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'What a wonderful way to see Italy. I had a magical holiday with the most amazing people. Thank you.'

Cay, 65 years
Sydney, NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'Wonderful tour,  we visited many wonderful places, tour guide was excellent, as were the group, we had lots of laughs, and good times together, Good Hotels and food was excellent, would recommend this tour, and will definitely travel with Encounter again.'

Chris, 68 years
Sydney, NSW
Italian Splendour

May 2017

'I loved travelling around Italy with like minded fun people. The country is a must see and the Encounter tour was well planned and organised in every respect. I can't wait to go on another similar tour!'

Terri, 53 years
Sydney, NSW
Southern Spain with Morocco

April 2017

'This trip wasn't just very big, it was huge. So very enjoyable, and I couldn't soak up enough of it!'

Gayle, 74 years
Brisbane, QLD
Southern Spain with Morocco

April 2017

'I had a great time. Not only did I meet some lovely people but we were always on the go, discovering exotic new cities, customs and cultures. Excellent holiday as everything was very well organised.'

Laura, 69 years
Sydney, NSW

First Timers

First time to join a solo travel group? For a lot of our travellers it's their first time. You'll find our groups friendly and sociable.

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Sydney MeetUp Group. Join Us.

We have a Meet Up group for Sydney Solo Travellers. Held in the evenings, usually drinks and dinner, Sydney city location.

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Encounter Travel
ATAS Accreditation No: A10439

Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


ABN: 23 119 642 992