Calgary Team

Calgary Team

At Downunder Travel

Downunder Travel

The Calgary Team

Sawyer
Destination Specialist, Calgary
I hit the ground running when I graduated with a B.A. honours program in Travel & Tourism back in 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.  I especially enjoy self-drive vacations with touring options and excursions built-in along the way as this gives travellers a sense of freedom to explore on their own terms. Travellers appreciate the ability to see what they want on their journeys, alongside some “must see” experiences that I love to build in their travel proposals for that extra wow-factor!

Where I’ve been: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands

Articles written by Sawyer

5 Underrated Islands in the South Pacific The South Pacific is home to many pristine (and sometimes popular) islands, islets and beaches.  From Tahiti to ...
A Better Way to Fly to Australia Award-winning Air New Zealand offers travellers so much more than just a vessel to your destination. With direct service ...
Andree
Destination Specialists, Calgary
Growing up, I have always had a love of travel and I feel very fortunate to be working here at Downunder Travel, sharing my passion for travel with our clients!  There is something for everyone in Australia and New Zealand. Whether you’re a beachgoer, hiker, desert or rainforest explorer, or you love the city life – these destinations have it all!  In addition, they’ve got a beautiful laid back culture and some of the best food and wine on the planet!

Where I’ve been: Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Thailand

Articles written by Andree

5 Reasons You Need to Visit the Cook Islands The Cook Islands, located between New Zealand and Hawaii, offer a pristine beauty rivalling the more ...
Best Retreats for Every Camper in South Australia From cozy nature retreats to rugged lakes near million-year-old landscapes… there’s an outdoor retreat for campers of ...
Nikki
Destination Specialist, Calgary
After working in the hospitality industry for over six years, I’m now living the dream and pursuing my passion for travel.  My love of travel began in 2015 when I got the opportunity to complete a 14-month long world backpacking trip, where I was lucky enough to visit 23 countries on this life-changing experience! Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific always have something for every traveller, whether you’re a wine lover, foodie, adrenaline junkie or you’re simply looking for a getaway with magnificent landscapes and beaches!

Where I’ve been: Cook Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Maldives, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Articles written by Nikki

Ways to Discover Aboriginal Australia Connect with the country’s first inhabitants, the world’s oldest living culture.  In the midst of visiting incredible beaches, lush rainforests ...
Jason
Destination Specialist, Calgary
After moving to Canada from Perth, Australia, my first job in Calgary was at a Corporate Travel company. Corporate Travel was not fun for me, so I then founded Downunder Travel and haven’t looked back since! Being an Australian, the South Pacific regions, as well as Asia and Africa are all areas that I have traveled to and as a result feel most comfortable selling. Helping travellers plan out the ultimate vacation experience never gets old for me and an excellence in customer service is an expectation all travellers have, which is something I aim to achieve every single day.

Where I’ve been: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Kenya, Namibia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia

Angie
Office & Ticketing Manager, Calgary
I have worked in the travel industry for over four years, but being married to an Aussie affords me a fair amount of travelling to the beautiful country of Australia and surrounding regions!  I believe it is important for travellers to visit Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Pacific islands, because of the great people, the diverse landscapes and the incredibly laid back cultures... let's not forget about the flat white Australian coffee, the delicious wines as well as the stunning beaches! 

Where I’ve been: Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands

Minnie
Accountant, Calgary
I received my Bachelor of Arts as well as a Graduate Diploma, in Financial Management in Asia. I then immigrated to Moncton, where I returned to school and eventually earned a diploma of I.T. solutions from a community college and worked as a programmer for a year.  My career allowed me to dabble a bit in the tourism industry as I became a budget car rental reservation agent. Upon moving to Calgary in 2013 I worked as a Financial Service Representative at CIBC, which then led me to Downunder Travel!

Where I’ve been: Australia, Singapore, Beijing

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African Safari

“Our group of 4 travelled to Africa, 4 different countries, many flights, hotels and tours under the guidance of Jason at Down Under Travel. The trip was amazing especially the safaris. Jason’s attention to detail made this trip outstanding. Truly a trip of a lifetime that was arranged perfectly. Don’t hesitate to book with this company, you will not be disappointed.”

M. O'Bryan

Best Vacation Ever

Jason created the Best Vacation Ever for us – a month long trip to Australia travelling the east coast, the Red Center and south. All arrangements, locations, excursions, transfers were well executed which resulted in a stress free vacation for us! Thanks so much for your attention to all the details. Would definitely recommend that others trust Jason to make their entire trip as spectacular as ours was.
Gregory’s and Short’s

L. Gregory

Selection of excursions were suited to our interests

Kudos to Sawyer, our travel agent from Downunder Travel, who did a fantastic job of arranging our trip to Fiji. Her attention to detail was impeccable.

We were delayed for takeoff from Calgary to San Francisco due to weather and Sawyer helped us with our hotel bookings and transfers en-route to San Francisco. As well, she automatically readjusted our Fiji itinerary to coincide with our missed arrival dates in Fiji.

When we were planning our trip, we told Sawyer what our interests were, and her selection of excursions were exactly suited to our interests. Her choice of accommodations was excellent.

Jim & Mary

A Phenomenal South Pacific Adventure

A special thanks for putting my phenomenal South Pacific Adventure of a lifetime together.  Much appreciation for all the hard work that you have endured to make my trip a most memorable adventure.  I have totally enjoyed every aspect of the trip.  I will definitely recommend this itinerary to anyone looking for a trip of a lifetime.

A. Millette

Ghan Platinum Trip

Just to let you know we arrived safely back home late yesterday after a wonderful trip. Thank you for setting it all up. We saw almost no rain but the day that it did rain was when we arrived in Darwin. Having Platinum [The Ghan] meant our transfer bus was right beside the train whereas the Gold passengers had quite a walk to get to the station. The train is almost a kilometer long so it meant a walk in the rain for some.

G. Bernhardt

Southern Africa 25 Day Tour

“Heard about this place through a friend and decided to inquire about a trip to Southern Africa. Jason did a fantastic job with very little time and set up a 25 day trip, flights included. Was excellent at every stage and everything went off without a hitch. Would absolutely recommend, and will most definitely be a repeat customer.”

J. Szoo

Wonderful Thailand and Myanmar!

Thanks for organizing and planning our recent trip to Thailand and Myanmar. We had a wonderful, magical month on some Thai islands, and tremendously enjoyed Mandalay and particularly, Bagan. The hot air balloon ride, is not to be missed.  Our next trip to that part of the world , we will certainly use your expertise Andree.

T. Baker

Super Thank-You for completely arranging our 5 week trip!

We would like to say a super Thank You to Jason Webb at Downunder Travel. For completely arranging our 5 week trip to New Zealand, Australia, Bora Bora, Paul Gauguin Cruise in Tahiti & return to Canada. Jason booked all our airline travel, chauffeur pick ups, & travel dates. These were very convenient scheduled & were all on time. Twelve air planes in 34 days. Jason had the knowledge & experience to pre-book excellent hotels, exceptional tours & timely transfers. We had a memorable, enjoyable carefree trip due to Jason’s knowledgeable preparation.

Bonnie & Kent

NZ and Cook Islands

“Jason planned our 3 week honeymoon to New Zealand and Cook Islands in October 2016. Jason was very knowledgeable and saved us so much time not trying to plan the trip details ourselves! We had an amazing time, with everything going smoothly. Overall, happy to recommend his service to anyone else planning to go “down under” 🙂 .”

L. Filipic

Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney!

The tours in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney were exceptional.  The guides were all very informative and helpful when explaining the sites, sometimes throwing in their own personal stories too.  In Melbourne we enjoyed: the hop on/off bus tour, the Central Historical tram, the Treasury and ANZAC Memorial is is very worthwhile, The Great Ocean Road with our small group tour was fabulous and the Penguin Parade with underground viewing is definitely a must-see!  The Cairns tours are remarkable; I enjoyed our small personalized group travel to Frankland Island (including guided walk), the Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Hartley’s offered a great variety and St. Monica’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows are a hidden gem!  In Sydney, we enjoyed so much; the Ferry boat was easy to manage, The Sydney Opera House was definitely a highlight, our Harbour Cruise was fantastic and our Blue Mountains tour with hike was lovely, definitely another must-experience.

In addition to the terrific tours, our flights and connections were seamless and the personal touches and the variety of experienced offered on this trip was one of a kind!  I look forward to working with you again in the not too distant future!

W. MGee

We will be recommending you to anyone we know

We absolutely loved our vacation, Jason!  Kudos to you with your recommendations, bookings, etc.  Everything came off without a hitch –  excursion pickups, airport shuttles were always on time.  We made out great driving on the wrong side of the road, and steering wheel on wrong side of car lol.  Air New Zealand was a great choice for our main flights, flight attendants came to our seats and thanked us personally for flying with Air New Zealand.  Again, we have to thank you so much Jason for helping us plan such a fantastic vacation – such a great time.  Hopefully we will vacation in another area you sell and we’ll need your services again.  We will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know.

C. Hinks

New Zealand Self-Drive

“We spent 6.5 wonderful weeks exploring both Islands in New Zealand. Jason met with us to understand our interests and a sense of where we hoped to travel while there. Accommodations, day trips, half day tours etc all ran without a hitch. At one point we thought we might be seeking medical assistance at a drop in clinic. Not sure about the process with Medical Insurance, we sent him a note to which he quickly responded and we really appreciated. We are very thankful for the arrangements and bookings that helped make the time there truly great. Thanks Jason.”

D. Nixon

3 Week Australia Trip!

Our family would like to thank you for coordinating an amazing trip to Australia!  We only had 3 weeks but we were able to experience so much with an itinerary that was seamless and worry free!

Every spot was memorable, from the Grampians to Kangaroo Island, to a liveaboard on the GBR and the bright lights of Melbourne and Sydney  – a spectacular country and can’t wait to go back!

We definitely recommend Downunder Travel and are grateful to Andree for all her help and expertise in creating a wonderful adventure!

Maureen

Australia, Africa, and more!

“A group of 9 travelers wanted to do a tour of Australia. 4 of us have been using Jason at Downunder Travel since 2005. We are a group with agricultural interests so we were hoping to see the diversity of Australia with as many ag components as possible. We met with Jason and he compiled an itinerary for us which gave us another trip of a lifetime. Jason’s attention to detail is truly amazing. Everything happened without a glitch which makes for a worry-free holiday. He also allowed for some free days if anything needed rearranged. We are already planning our next holiday with his company. Kudos to Jason!”

T. Evans