MEET THE TEAM
Ellie Kelly, Betty Foss, Kirsty Williams, Aleisha Koopman, Lauren Kelly & Kailee Feldman
Lauren Kelly – Manager
Hi, I’m Lauren and I’ve been in the travel industry since 2004. My background is in VIP corporate travel and since making the change to leisure travel with Trans Otway in 2013, I haven’t looked back. Two of my passions are travel and history and whilst living in London for 2.5 years I travelled through out Europe – extensively in the UK, France, Spain & Italy. I have also travelled around America, Japan, China, Bali, Thailand and New Zealand as well as well as cruising the Mediterranean, Greek Islands and the South Pacific. I escorted a tour from Geelong to South Africa and Zimbabwe in June 2017 and in November 2017 I participated in a 7 Day Globus Tour of Budapest, Vienna & Prague visiting the Christmas Markets of the past Imperial Capitals. In September 2018 I spent some time in Southern California visiting San Diego, West Hollywood and Anaheim and most recently, I cruised aboard the Genting Dream from Singapore to Malaysia and Thailand. I love creating fabulous itineraries and making my client’s travel experience the best it can be.
Hi I’m Aleisha, I’ve been in the travel industry since 2009 and have been a part of the Trans Otway Travel family since 2013. I take great pride in delivering a high level of customer service and I’m passionate about creating interesting travel itineraries. I have seized every opportunity to expand my travel experience and over the last 7 years I’ve been lucky enough to explore over 20 countries; covering most of Europe, England, Scotland, Ireland, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Hawaii, NZ, USA, Canada and the Rockies. I also enjoyed my first cruise, aboard Holland America’s MS Oosterdam. My most relaxing holiday was travelling extensively through the Greek Isles spending 4 weeks in the Mediterranean paradise. In 2016, I found myself on an enlightening holiday – a luxury Ganges River Cruise in India and the iconic Golden Triangle. Sparked by my love for culture, I also took off to Sri Lanka for a Christmas to remember later that year. Most recently, I was lucky enough to experience small ship luxury cruising aboard the Azamara Quest in March 2019 where every moment onboard felt like paradise at sea. Just home from Bali and Fiji I am already planning my next adventure!
Hi I’m Betty. During the past 20 years with Trans Otway Travel, I’ve had the opportunity of working in a variety of areas which include domestic and international group travel, corporate and leisure travel and cruise holidays. I have travelled to the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and Hawaii and also to Europe, Japan, South Korea, Beijing, Norfolk Island, West Coast of USA and Vancouver. I have been fortunate to travel on the fabulous Eastern Oriental Express from Bangkok to Singapore, and thoroughly loved a European Christmas Markets River cruise. I love the experience of cruising and have cruised the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Trans Atlantic including the Panama Canal. In recent years, I have cruised from Hong Kong to Singapore along the Vietnam coast, including the fabulous Halong Bay, and have just returned from 4 weeks exploring the East Coast of USA and Canada, including a week in New York and a 7 night cruise of New England from Boston to Montreal. My most recent trip was to Canada where I experienced the Rocky Mountaineer – it was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed ticking it off my ‘bucket list”.
Hi I’m Kirsty. I have worked in the travel industry for over 20 years and have lived & travelled extensively through Europe and the UK. I have also visited Kenya, America, parts of Asia and cruised with Royal Caribbean. In recent years I have visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Fiji – which inspired my passion to continue travelling. I have been with Trans Otway Travel since 2007, originally working full time and now part time after having my two children. My passion for organising travel is reflected in my repeat clientele who I have been looking after and planning holidays for throughout this time. I’ve enjoyed two wonderful family holidays visiting Fiji and China as well as an educational trip to Bali sampling the luxury side of this popular island destination. Most recently, I have explored the Maldives, Singapore and Vietnam.
Hi I’m Ellie. I began my journey in the Travel Industry back in 2003 where I started my career in wholesale. I worked for Ski Express & Air New Zealand Holidays helping travel agents book holidays for their clients. After Living in London and travelling extensively through the UK & Europe I came back to Australia where I worked in Corporate Travel before changing to Leisure travel earlier this year. I have travelled to Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Ireland & the UK, just to name a few of the many European destinations I’ve been. I have also travelled through the USA, China, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand and South Pacific. I love travelling and being able to pass on my knowledge and passion to help other have amazing holidays.
Hi I’m Kailee. I’m new to the travel industry and I’m about to finish my Certificate 4 in Travel and Tourism in early December. I am super excited to get involved and further my knowledge through working at Trans Otway Travel. I’ve travelled to many parts of Asia including Bali, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia and I’ve also cruised to Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia and Hawaii. My love for travel sees me adding many destinations to my bucket list – I’d love to visit Rome to see the Trevi fountain and go on safari in Africa. Santorini and New York City are also at the top of my list.