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.
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.
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.
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.