Here’s the place to put a face to the name. Meet our Encounter Travel team.  At the forefront, your Travel Consultants, Cathy and Liza with a combined experience of over 40 years in the travel industry. Supporting your consultants are our crew in the Travel Support team including Pauline, and Maeleen.  Behind the scenes our Groups and Office Administration team take care of all the in’s and out’s of our groups – no easy feat, but taken on with gusto and desire to deliver the best. And last but not least, led by Justine Waddington, passionately driven and dedicated to achieving the best ever travel experiences for solo travellers. Justine has solo traveller experiences over twenty five years and to date has visited 60 countries across the globe. 

Back in 2006, we stepped in to fill the void for solo travellers, and we've never looked back.  

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Justine, Arctic Circle, Finland

Justine Waddington
Founder and 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.'  

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Cathy, Rome, Italy

Cathy, Rome, Italy

Travel Consultant | Airfares Specialist

'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.'

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Alison, Great Wall of China

Travel Consultant, Travel Team

'Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer! Every time I broaden my horizons I'm exhilarated and humbled, challenged and strengthened. I've been very fortunate to travel to amazing places all over the world and I absolutely love sharing that with others.'

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Elaine @ Beijing Olympic Park, China

Groups Coordinator

'My first overseas trip was to Europe in 1998; 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 priceless moments.'

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Rowena @ Disneyland, Hong Kong

Groups Administrator

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Pauline, Encounter Travel

Pauline in Beijing, China

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.'

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Maeleen @ The Chinese Gardens, Singapore

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 sharing my passion for travel with them'.

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Travel Consultant and Support Team

Experts say that experiences make us happier than possessions and I whole heartedly agree with this. I love the fact that by working in the travel industry I am able to help people create their own amazing holiday memories. There are so many amazing places in all corners of the globe and our own backyard which are just waiting for us to explore them. 

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Find answers to the most commonly asked questions from solo travellers, including the difference between 'Solos Only' and 'Solos Mix', what to expect on tour, and help with pre departure questions.

Some handy guides about what to know before you book, and about joining one of our solo travel tours or cruise.