Been there, done that


Been there, done that

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Laura Martino // phil Hoffmann travel barossa valley

The Barossa Valley has always been one of my favourite places to visit in South Australia.

I am now extremely excited to have joined the team at Phil Hoffmann Travel, Barossa Valley.

In my 10 years with Phil Hoffmann Travel I have worked in numerous roles, including Branch Manager, Team Leader and Training Manager. 

My favourite part of the job is the relationships I have formed with my lovely clients, many whom have followed me since I was a junior consultant and I am grateful for the rapport we have built over the years. 

I love seeing the smiles on their faces and, as corny as it sounds, making their dreams come true. 

Putting together holidays that they didn’t think they could do…then hearing the stories when they come back. Living it through them.

It reminds me that we are so lucky to do what we do.

Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to travel to some amazing far-flung destinations including Canada, Dubai, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand, parts of South East Asia, Spain and the USA.

Wales is my home country, that is my favourite destination. It’s definitely the most beautiful country in the world… but I’m a little bit biased!

Most recently, I travelled extensively with my husband and two young daughters through the UK and Italy. 

We braved planes, trains and automobiles (some on the wrong side of the road) to visit plenty of relatives and sights. 

If you would like to hear all about the trials and tribulations of travelling with young children, I am a specialist.

My favourite city is Barcelona. I love it. I’ve been there three times and seen different things every time. The culture, the colour, the excitement the sounds… it’s just amazing!

As the Branch Manager of Phil Hoffmann Travel, Barossa Valley, I am very excited about the wide range of travel experience I can share with all our loyal travellers. 

Cruising is definitely really, really popular…and cruising out of Adelaide is just going crazy. No flights, head down to Outer Harbour and off you go. 

And people still love going to Europe, whether it’s a European river cruise, a tour or a Mediterranean cruise – there is something to see all the time in Europe, things are always changing.

I’ve enjoyed meeting some of you already and the team has made me feel very welcome. Please pop in sometime – I’ll make you a coffee and we can talk everything that is travel.

Laura Martino

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