With 25 years driving experience in this industry, Laurie has worked for a number of companies but finds Fun Over Fifty to be more customer and employee orientated than others. During his 25 years, Laurie has covered most of Australia extensively.
Best Travel Tip: Pack Lightly
Surprising Fact: I am the father of triplets
Bucket List: To go to the Monaco Grand Prix
Having toured through most of Australia, both privately and professionally, Russell has developed a keen appreciation for the essence of what makes Australia so special.
Bucket List: Cycling through New Zealand
Favourite Destination: Tasmania. Suck a diverse range of experiences in a small area.
Surprising Fact: There was a time when I had long blonde hair! And a beard!
Ian grew up with his family in Brisbane before moving to the Gold Coast in the early nineties. Ian changed careers from the automotive industry to become a Food Sales Representative for a period of 2 years. Ian then studied Business and Tourism, gaining qualifications that led to his wife and he purchasing their own travel agency, later selling this business and starting a business specialising in the group touring market. Once selling this company, they both now run a small B&B. Ian drives coaches for Fun Over Fifty when required and really enjoys going on tour with the groups.
Bucket List: Explore the Margaret River Region of W.A.
Surprising Fact: I am a natural at looking after dogs
Last Book Read: “The Story of Mick Gatto”
Andi has been with Fun Over Fifty since the very beginning! Andi enjoys travelling as she loves surprises and experiencing new things. Andi genuinely enjoys meeting Fun Over Fifty’s guests and learning about their interesting lives.
Best Travel Tip: Make sure you have your wallet and phone when you leave home, everything else can be bought.
Favourite Destination: Tasmania
Surprising Fact: I’m an open book, there are not surprises with me!
Anne has been a Hostess with Fun Over Fifty for 4 1/2 years, in this time adventuring on 72 wonderful tours, each one made different by the great people with whom Anne gets to escort all around Australia and overseas. Anne loves her hostessing role as it gives her the opportunity to meet and get to know so many lovely people and places.
Favorite Destination: Istanbul
Bucket List: See Switzerland in Summer or Winter
Surprising Fact: I skydive as a hobby
Sarah has been in the Tourism Industry for 20 years, the majority of that time working as an International Tour Director as well as living and working within many different countries. Sarah loves to travel, which was something that her parents encouraged as a family to do from an early age, experiencing different cultures and languages. Sarah enjoys meeting new people and travelling, making this role ideal.
Bucket List: To see the Northern Lights
Last Book Read: “Maharanis – The Lives and Times of 3 Generations of Indian Princesses”
Surprising Fact: I sponsor a little girl in Jaipur, India
As a child, Robyn’s family moved extensively all over Australia for her fathers business, before settling on the Gold Coast when she was 15. Robyn and her husband will be celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary in 2017, have 2 wonderful sons, plus 1 very feisty 11 year old Silky Terrier name Archibald B B (for bossy boots). Robyn loves interacting with people and travelling, so being a Tour Hostess is something that Robyn takes great pleasure in doing.
Best Travel Tip: Roll your clothes when packing, this will help to stop crushing and fit more in the suitcase.
Bucket List: Backpack through Europe
Last Book Read: James Patterson “Judge & Jury”
Best Travel Tip: If we want to have a good time, we will. Keep hydrated and most importantly, don’t get in the bad books with your host! (Just kidding…)
Last Book Read: “Fifty Sheds of Grey” a parody
Surprising Fact: I am alot taller than I look!
June has travelled on many Fun Over Fifty tours and delights in meeting new and past guests. June loves working alongside our knowledgeable and highly experienced coach captains, assisting them wherever the need arises. June is delighted to represent Fun Over Fifty on the road as it allows her to travel to some amazing destinations throughout Australia and abroad. Australia is and always will be, June’s most favourite place, especially the outback areas.
Best Travel Tip: Pack light, pack tight and practical for the climatic conditions that you are travelling into.
Surprising Fact: I am a fully qualified trainer, Shiatsu/Massage/Tuina practitioner and Low Level Laser Therapist who adores working with people. My training has included study and working at the Guan-An-Men Orthopedic Hospital in Beijing, China. I closed my practice due to a ligament injury some years ago.
Bucket List: Karumba/South Africa/would like to backpack to “The Cape” (Cape York)
Di has enjoyed and travelled to many parts of Australia and internationally including Ireland, Great Britain, Singapore, Phuket, Fiji, South Pacific and New Zealand. Di enjoys being a hostess, with her happy and caring personality, likes to ensure the group have fun and stay safe. Since leaving school at 15, Di worked as a nurse and in the last 10 years in the Community Care, caring for the elderly.
Surprising Fact: When I was 17, I won a skating queen competition.
Favourite Destination: “Miracle” by Danielle Steel
Best Travel Tip: Leave your worries and problems at home, you are on tour to have fun and enjoy it.
Helen is now in retirement from a job that she loved, however now with Fun Over Fifty, Helen is able to continue to travel and meet new people. When not travelling with Fun Over Fifty, Helen and her husband often travel in their caravan.
Favourite Destination: Coral Bay in Western Australia
Bucket List: To travel around the UK
Surprising Fact: I am a sewing and machine embroidery addict and have 6 fantastic children and 9 amazing grandchildren.
Best Travel Tip: Remember to pack spare camera batteries, hand sanitiser but most importantly, a smile.
Favourite Destination: Canadian Rockies
Last Book Read: “Time will Tell” by Fiona McCallum