A friend & I laughed over a bottle of wine that we would like to start a travel business.

Meet Anelle, who has just started her own travel franchise with Travel Counsellors. Not leaving anything to chance she has followed her desire to start her own travel franchise. Anelle has just completed her 2-week induction.

We caught up with Anelle to find out more about herself and her journey to becoming a Travel Counsellor and this is what she had to say.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I'm a tomboy, fun-loving and people-oriented person. I love my family; I adore my husband and 2 busy boys. We laugh, we run, we jump on the trampoline and smell flowers along the way. Along with our Labrador, Max, his siter Lulu (mixed breed - saying it nicely), our Princess cat Zoe and her rough-nut brother Toffie. Last but not least "Captain Tiny Tail" our hamster. We started the parkrun in Villiersdorp 2 years back and now that we live in Tzaneen. We have started doing the park run in Tzaneen too. We love community, the outdoors, driving for hours, listening to the golden oldies, braai and enjoying one another’s company.

I've worked in the Netherlands; I have seen most of South Holland and Belgium. Madagascar (Antananariva & Nosy Be), Mozambique (Xai Xai), Zambia (Love Zambia), Botswana, United Kingdom, Wales, Edinburgh (Scotland), travelled through Ireland by car, visited Prague for a weekend and wish to do much so more travel, to discover new places and to meet new people.

What is your background and where did you work before becoming a Travel Counsellor?

I studied National Travel and Tourism at the Technicon of Pretoria in 2000. I took a GAP year and worked in the Netherlands. Right out of Technicon I started to work at a retail travel agency in Knysna, where I was thrown into the deep end. I took over an entire office with my senior resigning and my manager went on a round-the-world cruise... maybe not in reality, but it felt like that!

I returned home after a year and applied for a Junior Consultant position at another retail agency in Tzaneen, where I worked for 6 years. It was then time to move onto the Big City Life and I applied for an Inhouse position as an Intermediate consultant at a corporate company. I met my husband in the 2 years that I worked there and followed him to London during the 2008 recession. After a few months without work I managed to get a managerial position at a small travel agency in Oxford Street. I lived the life of a High-End Travel Professional. We returned to the Western Cape after my 2-year holiday visa expired and since there was still a shortage of work.

What does becoming a Travel Counsellor mean for you?

I am looking forward to the tech that will enable me to work smarter and to be more efficient. This in turn will free up my time so that I can focus on my customers and in turn it will afford me more time with my family. I also love the reports that I will be able to offer my corporates. I am also looking forward to all the support…

What motivated you to start your own travel business?

The ripple effect of the recession was a big push in 2010 and not being able to find a decent travel position. When me and my friend laughed over a bottle of wine that we could start our own business it planted a seed. It was the best decision we made and when our paths separated, we kept it professional and are still supporting one another in the Travel Industry.

What do you love most about working in the travel industry?

I love it when my clients return from a trip with their heart full of gratitude of a wonderful trip.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

The Camino! I would love to walk the Camino de Santiago and to travel through Spain. Following in the footsteps of a saint and to find oneself while enduring hardship, would be a mind-blowing experience.

Can you relate to Anelle's Journey? Would you also like access to tech and support that will transform that way you work. Say goodbye to commuting to an office and say hello to freedom, flexibility and a great work life balance. If this sounds great, then get in touch. Or sign up to attend one of our online demos to see how it all works.

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