Kate joined Angas Travel in 1991 after completing the AFTA Travel course and the TAFE Certificate in Travel and Tourism. While at Angas Travel, Kate has seen many changes in the travel industry and thoroughly enjoyed the journey. In 2009, Kate, along with Jackie Male, took over Angas Travel and has steadily gained confidence and expertise in the management side of the business. However, she has never lost sight of what she enjoys most and what’s vital for a travel agency — sharing the joy of travel. Kate has travelled extensively, by air, car, 4WD, bike, big boats and little boats, and never tires of travelling to new destinations and revisiting old favourites. New destinations in 2019 are New Caledonia, Romania to Hungary. In 2020 my dream is to take a small group to Bhutan, Nepal & Northern India – join me!
As the child of expatriate parents, travel has always been a part of Jackie’s life. After completing an Arts Degree and a short stint working in retail, Jackie came to Angas Travel in 1990 and has been with the company (off and on) ever since. Jackie’s specialty is School Group Travel, and she continually strives to provide exciting, innovative and personalised itineraries for her school clients. Jackie’s vast travels have taken her all over the world, with France, Italy, the UK and Hungary among her favourites destinations. Jackie’s vast travels have taken her all over the world, most recently to Japan, China, Africa, Jordan and Norway. A family holiday in Sri Lanka in 2019 is eagerly anticipated, as well as a return to Europe later in the year. South America also beckons, but that may need to wait till 2020!
Margaret Seears has been part of the Angas Travel team since 1988. Before her travel career, Margaret was a midwife at the Queen Victoria Hospital. So, when Angas Travel moved to new premises on Fullarton Road, it was very familiar territory. Margaret has a wealth of industry knowledge and has travelled extensively, listing New York, Paris, France, South America and Africa as some of her favourite places. A meticulous planner, Margaret ensures her clients have a hassle-free and memorable experience. These skills and her passion for travel keep her clients returning and referring their friends and family. More recently Margaret had the great enjoyment of Normandie Foodie – refer to the travel blog. Amazing!
Chelsey Secker joined the Angas Travel team in 2013 where she took on a receptionist role for seven months. In 2014, Chelsey’s passion for travel led to a memorable six months overseas travelling around the Americas and Europe. She has since taken on a retail consulting role while recently completed her dual certificate in Travel and Tourism. Chelsey utilises her enthusiasm, dedication, education, skills, and research to help customers plan their travel itineraries. Chelsey won the ‘Magellan Rising Star’ award for 2017 and as a reward travelled to Ireland for St Patrick’s Day in 2018. Recent travels have also taken Chelsey to Fiji, Galapagos Islands, and a white Christmas in Sweden with further travels around Europe.
Helen Beale joined Angas Travel in 2016 with 30 years’ experience in various facets of the travel industry. Helen has up-to-date experience and extensive destination knowledge of Europe, Canada, Alaska, USA and Asia. Helen believes in keeping travel interesting and on-budget, while also including indulgences like cycling the alps, listening to a local music concert, skiing in Chamonix, scuba diving the Red Sea, cruising the crisp fall colours of New England or visiting 100-year-old gardens in Japan. She also likes incorporating hobbies and personal interests to every journey. Helen’s flair for organising the unusual includes helping organise hot air balloon transfers from one chateau to another, a special degustation meal in the ocean in the Maldives and much more! The last twelve months have seen Helen travel to France, Poland, Germany and the Swiss Alps, go scuba diving in Hamilton Island & take a cruise in the Pacific – it’s been a very busy time! Plans for the future are Croatia, up-state New York and Canada, as well as utilising her bi-lingual skills escorting a small group to see her previous home in Japan – the country that embraces every season!
After travelling around Europe in her early twenties, Angela Santostefeno fell into her first travel job in London as a ski travel specialist and hasn’t looked back since. Angela’s travel industry experience spans more than 25 years working in many different areas including retail, wholesale, corporate and as a tourism trainer. She has travelled extensively and especially loves Europe and North America. Angela has been with Angas travel since 2011, and although School Group Travel is now her primary focus, she still enjoys some retail consulting as well. Angela’s travel plans include a family holiday in Bali and a road trip around New England with a detour via New York. An avid walker, on Angela’s wish list is a hike to the Qadisha Valley of Lebanon – Ancient Rock Monasteries and Caves.
Victoria Ashdown began work in the travel industry in 1999, booking customers on holidays to places like New Zealand, Bali and Fiji. Since then, Victoria has gained a wealth of experience in a diverse range of industry roles; most recently in a 10-year career at the South Australian Tourism Commission. She has studied Travel and Tourism and prides herself on her meticulous attention to detail. Victoria has travelled to Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Belgium, France, UK and Singapore, where her highlight was a visit to Janice Wong’s Dessert Bar. When she is not busy helping School Groups with their travel plans, Victoria’s thoughts turn to family, baking and her next holiday! A family holiday to Robe is planned for 2019.
Karen Laube has been looking after the accounts and administration for Angas Travel since 2008. Karen very much enjoys working with a professional team that care about their clients. Her passion for travel has meant she has been fortunate to travel to many parts of the world, and has recently returned from a month long sojourn exploring regional Italy and Germany.