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Q&A: Expert Excelle travel agent on her career insights

Alison Wood has been working at Excelle for six years
Alison Wood has been working at Excelle for six years

Alison Wood has been in the travel industry for 26 years and worked at Excelle in Leeds for six. TTG got all the answers about her career in this Q&A.

How did you get into travel?

A friend of mine wanted to be a travel rep but was too scared to go to the interview alone so I went with her – I ended up getting the job and she didn’t!

 

"I was 18 and had a boring job in an insurance office at the time."

 

I was 18 and had a boring job in an insurance office at the time.

 

Two weeks later I was in Majorca. I did two seasons with ILG and one with Cosmos and loved the job, but I noticed other reps were settling down and getting married to their Spanish boyfriends.

 

I didn’t want to marry mine, so I came home! Later, I booked a holiday at Pickfords Travel, got talking and landed a job there.

Proudest moment in your career to date?

Going it alone after taking redundancy from Thomas Cook. I joined Global Travel Group because I got a great deal, and after six months in business I won the group’s Best Newcomer award.

 

It was a sign I’d made the right decision to start Excelle Travel.

What is a typical day off for you?

I work weekends so always take a day off in the week to go out with girlfriends. It’s always to go shopping and have cocktails.

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