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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

Kangaroo Island Walk April 2017

April 2017

'Kangaroo Island was THE GREAT ESCAPE from the rat race. Staying up at the lighthouse in heritage listed houses was a step back in time. No internet, phones, tv, wifi ... just  sitting and conversing with like minded people was quite refreshing;  connecting with each other one on one with no interruptions of any kind.  The island is absolutely beautiful with the most gorgeous sunsets that photos do not do justice too...you have to be there to experience them in all their glory.  It was great to connect with nature on such an intimate level. '

Sally, 53
Wollongong, NSW
Great Ocean Road Walk

April 2017

'Great ocean road walk beautiful views seen only by walking the track well maintained had the best time.'

Wilma, 55 years
VIC
Fraser Island Walk

April 2017

'I am not a regular walker but maintain my fitness. Fraser Island walk is very achievable for novices like myself, with options to go further if your the hard core walker.  A beautiful island with scenery that is breathtaking.  At the end destination of some of our walks an amazing freshwater lake surrounded by white sand to cool off. I would highly recommend this tour. '

Marisa, 56 years
Brisbane, QLD
Fraser Island Walk

April 2017

'The 3 main reasons I book my holidays with Encounter: 
- everything is organised for me 
- safety & company of a group 
- age appropriate'

Rose, 50 years
Melbourne, VIC
Fraser Island Walk

April 2017

'Serenity in the sandy bush of Fraser Island with cool fresh swimming lakes to cool off in after long walks. Awesome 4WD travel too!'

Sarah 46 years
Melbourne, VIC
Great Ocean Road Walk

April 2017

'The Great Ocean Walk holiday was a great introduction to singles tours and walking holidays. Being in a small group with people of a similar age enabled everyone to get to know each other. Would most definitely look at another walking holiday in the future.'

Janene, 44 years
Newcastle, NSW
Tasmanian Highlights

March 2017

'A great holiday, great company and good value for money.'

Peter Van Ross, 60+
Sydney
Tasmanian Highlights

March 2017

'Thank you Encounter.  This was my first holiday, my first time out of Queensland, and what a joy it was.  Best decision I ever made.'

Trudi V., 45
QLD
Tasmanian Highlights

March 2017

'Highlights of Tasmania was excellent. Excellent food, touring, sightseeing and company. Loved it!'

Linda, 56
Adelaide, SA
Discover North India February 2017

February 2017

'The India trip was fantastic. We saw the best of Northern India in good company and with a very knowledgeable guide and a driver that made us all laugh. India can be confronting for some but we always felt safe and well looked after. One of the best trips I have ever taken!'

Marilyn, 62 years
Melbourne, VIC

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