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Meet the Team

We’re a team of travel lovers and enthusiasts, and we think that passion shines through in everything we do. We’ve been all over the world in search of the best destinations and experiences and we’ll be with you for every step of your journey from pre-trip planning, and booking, to 24-hour support while you’re away.

We have a wealth of travel experience between us and have been to every destination we offer, so you can count on us to help you plan the best trip of your life.

Real Travelling Staff


The Travel Advisors

(they help you plan and book your trip)

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Becca Moulton
Senior Travel Advisor

Becca is a serial traveller. Fresh out of school she went to South East Asia and then on to Australia selling electricity door-to-door. Back in the UK she worked for STA Travel creating round the world itineraries. Then she was off again, this time to work in New Zealand then onto Thailand. Next she worked as a tour guide in The Philippines and Japan, but then Covid hit so she moved to Bali. Now back home trying to be an adult she is loving sending her customers off on their travels.

Favourite Destinations

Nepal: mountains, the culture, the FOOD!!!
Philippines: beautiful beaches & loveliest locals
New Zealand: I could have lived there forever!
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Casey Ayling
Travel Advisor

Casey recently spent five months travelling Central America with her sister and absolutely loved it! She started in Mexico City and travelled through Guatemala and Belize, on to Nicaragua, Costa Rica and ended up in Panama. Her amazing time travelling brought her to Gap 360, where she is passionate about helping customers plan their dream trip. Casey loves organizing exciting adventures, and looks forward to planning you an epic trip!

Favourite Destinations

Guatemala: variety and lovely people
Belize: diving ...cute sharks!
Costa Rica: awesome rainforests
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Luke Marsden
Travel Advisor

Luke has embarked on a variety of trips over the last 3 years, travelling both within a group and as a solo traveller. His first set of travels were to Southeast Asia where he joined on to a Gap 360 tour, it was here where he discovered his love of travelling as well as Gap 360! After getting the travel buzz he set off again, exploring Australia and New Zealand, as well as heading up to Japan and South Korea with a few other stops along the way. He is eager to share his experience and would love to help as many people as possible uncover the many joys of travelling.

Favourite Destinations

Thailand: Crazy culture shock and the best beach parties by far
Japan: The most helpful people and beautiful cities at night
Mexico: Stunning natural beauty, and some very cool wildlife!
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Tess Smith
Travel Advisor

Tess has recently returned from a backpacking trip in Costa Rica. Prior to that she spent several months working in tourism in the Cape Verde Islands. She now wants to share her love of travel with others and help them plan their trips. Her next adventure will be to Thailand and Bali this summer. After that... who knows... there is a whole world out there waiting for her.

Favourite Destinations

Costa Rica: incredible wildlife and beautiful sunsets!
Cape Verde: island hopping the unexplored archipelagos
Italy: the best food and amazing history
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Emma Warwicker
Travel Advisor

Emma has been to 20 incredible countries across the world. Her greatest travel moments to date are in Kruger National Park in South Africa, witnessing a herd of elephants in their natural habitat and exploring the Lost City of Petra in Jordan. Next on her list is a road trip across the USA or hiring a campervan and travelling around New Zealand. She loves planning travel adventures, so give her a call and she can help you organise your trip.

Favourite Destinations

Thailand: The beautiful beaches, parties and excellent food
Jordan: The lost city of Petra and sailing through the red sea
South Africa: seeing the big 5 on a wildlife safari

The Operations Team

(they make sure your trip is properly sorted and support you after booking)

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Katie Green
Operations Manager

Katie has been to 40+ countries across 6 out of 7 continents (she's not made it to Antarctica…yet…!). Her favourite travel experience? Hard to choose between the Lares Trek in Peru, seeing the Salt Flats in Bolivia, going on safari in the Serengeti, and sky diving in New Zealand. One thing's for sure she's excellent at ensuring all your trips run to absolute perfection!

Favourite Destinations

Jordan: Love Petra
New Zealand: Great adventure activities like skydiving
Cambodia: The friendly people and amazing Angor Wat
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Ria Wilkin
Assistant Manager

After working a season in Magaluf, Spain, Ria went to volunteer in Thailand, helping to build a jungle house and looking after elephants. Then she was off to Melbourne to work in various jobs, including selling tickets at a drive-in movie theatre and food truck catering at rodeo shows. When her visa ran out, Ria flew to Bali, and spent several weeks relaxing on the beach until, guess what... you got it... covid sent her home.

Favourite Destinations

Melbourne: street art and dumplings
Koh Phangan: beach parties
Las Vegas: for its craziness
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Elisha Hadridge
Travel Coordinator

Elisha spent six months on the Monterey Coast studying marine life at Cal State University. After a road trip on the west coast she headed off to volunteer with great white sharks. Surviving this she carried on travelling along the Garden Route and after a safari, ended up in Cape Town. Other trips include scuba diving in the Maldives and several trips to the Caribbean, including Tobago where she witnessed a turtle giving birth on the beach.

Favourite Destinations

South Africa: its amazing wildlife
Jamaica: its lovely beaches
Maldives: for its underwater world
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Sidney Wright
Travel Coordinator

Sidney has spent a lot of time travelling.. He's seen most of Asia enjoying the best food in town, embarked on a road trip across the Australian outback, volunteered in multiple hostels, and most recently over-landed from Norway all the way to Georgia. He's seen and done a lot, and now focuses this knowledge into making sure your trips run like clockwork!

Favourite Destinations

South Korea: Delicious cuisine & cool culture
Turkey: Impromptu invite to a local wedding
Albania: Lots of hidden gems & friendly locals
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Dani Hadaway
Travel Coordinator

Dani lived on the Gold Coast in Australia for over seven years, so has some great insights into the best places to go, see, and do! With world renowned surfing spot (Snapper Rocks) at the end of her street she’d spend chillout time honing her surfing skills, or living the dream jumping on a jet ski to head out to Cook Island for some snorkelling with the turtles and wobbegong, all whilst watching whales jump and dolphins play = what a life eh, and now she helps you plan your equally amazing adventures!

Favourite Destinations

Australia: Beautiful surfing beaches & amazing lifestyle
New Zealand: Awesome culture, people, natural beauty, WINE!
The Gambia: The most beautiful place and the happiest people!

The Flights Team

(they help you get the best flight deals)

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Maddison Cook
Flight Team Leader

As former Virgin cabin crew Maddison has flown a lot! She's been to Antigua, Miami, Orlando, LA, San Francisco, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, New York, Mumbai and Dubai. Now that she is ground-based she loves talking to customers and helping them to plan their dream trips and book their flights.

Favourite Destinations

Antigua: lovely people and beaches
South Africa: wildlife and the wine!
Las Vegas: it's Disney for grownups
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Sophie Downing
Flight Coordinator

Sophie has worked in travel for the past 4 years and is a specialist in flight sales and ticketing. She loves talking to customers about their upcoming trips and helping with their flights. Next on her personal travel list is Croatia, Thailand and Australia!

Favourite Destinations

Greece: beautiful beaches, lovely food
Prague: lovely architecture, cheap!
Norway: stunning scenery, spectacular waterfalls, chilled

The Product Team

(they source our brilliant trips)

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Katie Penberthy
Product Manager

Katie is an International Development graduate who has spent her gap year living in Vietnam and teaching English. She loved Vietnam so much she can't stop going back! She has travelled through most of Asia as well as visiting Africa, the Americas and Australasia. Her best bits were driving a campervan up the East Coast of Australia and swimming in the Ganges in India. Katie looks after Gap 360 Product and Operations.

Favourite Destinations

Israel: The Old City of Jerusalem
Vietnam: The food
Myanmar: Beautiful scenery
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Mariela McBride
Product Assistant

After doing some work on yachts in Mallorca and Ibiza, Mariela worked in international events which included visiting the United States and Europe. The taste for travel pulled her into the travel industry and she now works as our product assistant.

Favourite Destinations

New York: The buzzing city life
Mallorca: Beautiful beaches
Thailand: Culture and wildlife

The Marketing Team

(they spread the good word about Real Travelling so more of you can find us!)

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Chris
Marketing Manager

Chris has travelled to 6 continents and has a huge passion for travel. Looking after the marketing, he works with our partners and suppliers to promote Gap 360 trips in the best way possible. Named after the patron saint of travellers, you know you are in good hands with him!

Favourite Destinations

Argentina: Iguazu Falls and incredible food!
Australia: Kayaking up the coast, and hiking in the outback.
USA: Road tripping through the mountains and lakes.
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Emily Wickens
Digital Marketing Supervisor

Emily oversees the day-to-day activity of the marketing team, whether it's fun campaigns promoting our trips, working with content creators, or designing eye-catching video, Emily is passionate about travel and making content to inspire our travellers! Emily has travelled on a number of Real Travelling trips so knows what it's like to be a Real Travelling traveller!

Favourite Destinations

Bali: Mount Batur & Gili T Island
Jordan: The Lost City of Petra
Greece: Little Venice, Mykonos
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Sarah Hemsley
Media Marketing Assistant

Sarah has a 1st Class degree in Media Production, a dab hand at showcasing all the exciting adventures that await on a Gap 360 trip. Prior to working for us she went on our Ultimate Croatia Trip and then spent 3 months interrailing around Europe so she knows first-hand how awesome overseas adventures can be. She’s great at spreading the word!

Favourite Destinations

Interlaken: Kayaking and paragliding
Prague: The medieval old town
Croatia: Sailing the Adriatic Sea
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Aimee Frost
Customer Experience Coordinator

Aimee embarked on a massive trip around the world for five years. Starting in Lisbon with a job in a hostel, she went on to work on sustainable farms throughout Portugal. and then travelled through Europe to Croatia. Having met so many Australians in Europe she decided to head downunder to Melbourne where she worked in hospitality. A trip to India and Bali followed but then covid forced her back to the UK, where she found her home at Gap 360!

Favourite Destinations

Lisbon: art and culture
Morocco: stunning landscape
India: incredible architecture and food
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Amelia Bristow
Social Media & Content Assistant

Amelia graduated from university with a degree in English Literature, then impulsively applied to be an Au Pair in Italy. She spent her time in Milan teaching children English and exploring Italy during the weekends in 2023. The experience made her form friendships with people from everywhere in the world! With a true passion for social media and travel, Amelia knew she wanted to start a job doing what she loved.

Favourite Destinations

Hungary: Budapest is a beautiful city and great nightlife
Italy: Stunning coastlines, the people and the food
Crete: Gyros, great beaches and a fantastic destination

The IT Team

(they make sure the website runs like a dream)

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Alex Dovey Roche
Senior Web Developer

After graduating University, Alex spent his gap year touring every inch of New Zealand and the east coast of Australia in a tiny campervan with his girlfriend (now wife). Alex has been to 18 different countries with the highlights being Canada, Denmark, Netherlands and Iceland. He's also a huge motorsports fan, combining racing with trips to Belgium and Austria to watch the races.

Favourite Destinations

Iceland: Chasing the northern lights
New Zealand: Tubing in the underwater caves
Norway: Just anywhere near the Fjords
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Felix Penrose
Senior Web Developer

Felix is a tech genius, he’s always coming up with new ideas and developments to keep the sites in tip top condition. He's a full stack developer with many years experience. A keen skier who enjoys adventurous holidays, recently coming back from a tour of New Zealand.

Favourite Destinations

New Zealand: Every road is the "Scenic Route"
British Columbia: Fresh powder and maple syrup.
Southeast Asia: Hot food, beaches and culture
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Nick Corden
Web Developer

This is the second time Nick has worked for Gap 360. In 2016 Nick was employed as an IT assistant, quickly moving up the ranks to a well respected web developer. His endless hours staring at pictures of amazing places got his own travel goals racing and in 2019 he packed a suitcase and moved to Australia! Possibly one of the only good things to come from covid = Nick came back, and we love having him back.

Favourite Destinations

Whitsunday Islands: Sun, Sea and Snorkelling!
Lake Garda: Quaint Italian towns and strange new cocktails.
Queenstown: Lakes, Mountains and Bungee Jumping!
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Fabian Suffield
Tech Support & SEO

Fabian heralds from one of our most popular and loved destinations, Australia! When not ‘putting a (vegan) shrimp on the barbie’ or ‘settling down with a case of Castlemaine XXXX’ he’s dashing around the office fixing technical issues and supporting staff IT requests. He also dabbles in web development and has a keen focus on optimizing the Gap 360 websites getting us listed in all the right places, enabling you to easily find your next dream trip with us.

Favourite Destinations

Rome: Incredible architecture, vibrant culture, amazing food
Prague: Beautiful gothic architecture
Saxon Switzerland: Hiking the breathtaking Bastei Bridge

The Finance Team

(they collect your dosh and make payments for your trip)

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Lucy Bepey
Finance Manager

Lucy has worked with the directors since year 2000. She is a brainbox with numbers and runs all the company accounts and does the complicated maths bits that no one else can really understand! An avid paddle boarder she's even been spotted out on the icy rivers dressed as Santa for Christmas charity runs - go Luce!

Favourite Destinations

Sardinia: wine, beaches, paddleboarding
Ardeche Valley in France: white water canoeing
Scotland: driving across Cairngorns
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Catherine Thorp
Financial Assistant

Catherine has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years. Her employment has taken her to Jordan, Moscow and South Africa, but Southeast Asia remains her favourite part of the world. She loves the hustle and bustle, the people, the noise, the food and the smells. She is looking forward to introducing her kids to the excellent world of travel in the coming years!

Favourite Destinations

New York: an iconic city that you can visit again and again
Cambodia: temples, beautiful beaches, & crazy bamboo trains!
Macchu Pichu: trekking the Inca Trail arriving for sunrise

The Big Bosses

(they focus on looking important and overseeing Real Travelling)

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David Stitt
Managing Director

David founded a company which grew to become the UK's largest gap year provider. He sold the company in 2008 and started a new career in playing golf, doing the school runs and food shopping. Now David does the sort of things MD's do. (we don't really know what it is, but he is good at it).

Favourite Destinations

USA: Living the dream in USA
South Africa: Amazing roads and great wine
Caribbean: Great to go there in UK winter
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James Jeremy
Technical Director

James runs the office systems, websites, marketing team, and does everything technical. He is a whiz at getting things to work and even cabled the entire Gap 360 office. He has travelled to many places including Asia, Africa, America, Australia, etc, and has 20+ years experience in gap travel!

Favourite Destinations

Cambodia: Dirt bike riding amidst temples
Thailand: Riding around the islands
Wales: Best dirt biking anywhere 🙂
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Jane Mclellan
Operations and Sales Director

Jane has taken multiple gap trips and written about her experiences. She has worked in the gap travel industry since 2003. She has visited just about all the destinations where we offer trips and knows the people that run the projects, tours and accommodations personally. Jane is responsible for making sure that all the little details of your trip are taken care of and that the information you are provided with is correct.

Favourite Destinations

Bolivia: 4WD 3 day adventure around the Salt Flats
Australia: Camping Adventure in the outback
South Africa: Safari's in Kruger National Park

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