Vancouver Team

Vancouver Team

At Downunder Travel

Lori
Destination Specialist, Vancouver
My love of travel started very young.  I travelled regularly with my family and this included visiting European relatives and being exposed to very rich cultures.  Eventually, my love of travel brought me to discover other cultures and beautiful landscapes that are found in regions like Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. I am proud to now say that I have worked over 30 years in the travel industry (certified and ‘fluent’ in the South Pacific regions)!  Hey, it was and is still my first and only ‘grown-up job’!

Where I’ve visited: New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji

Articles written by Lori

Top Five 2018 Travel Trends… in the South Pacific! Whether it is visiting some of the more off-beaten track destinations, the most remote, the most ...
5 of Romantic Resorts in Samoa Samoa is the perfect escape for your honeymoon, anniversary and for many occasions that celebrate your love with your ...
Jane
Destination Specialist, Vancouver
I first became acquainted with the South Pacific during a 4-month backpacking trip many years ago. I later spent six years living in New Zealand and have now made more than two dozen trips to Australia, New Zealand as well as French Polynesia, Fiji and the Cook Islands. This corner of the world holds special interest for me due to the fabulous variety of landscapes, the uncrowded and unspoiled rural areas, the vibrant cities, the amazing wildlife, and the coastal zones complete with reefs, islands, beaches and dramatic shorelines!

Where I’ve visited: New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, Cook Islands, Samoa, French Polynesia, Fiji

Articles written by Jane

Really, Super Cool Things to Check Out in Wellington! Having just returned from a lovely New Zealand trip, I revisited Wellington after several years and ...
5 Things to Do In Taipei, Taiwan! Taiwan’s history can be traced back to around 7,000 years ago with the country’s early inhabitants being of Austronesia ...
Nozomi
Ticketing and Administration Support, Vancouver
I was born and raised in Japan and I have lived in Hawaii and Gold Coast, Australia. Living near the ocean and in breathtaking natural surrounds has afforded me with a culturally-rich lifestyle. Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific are regions you could relax and escape to from the daily grind of life just by immersing yourself in unforgettable natural wonders all around! Asia offers more unique destinations to explore; you’ll experience something very unique in each Asian country, from the origins to the history, architecture, cuisine and so on.

Where I’ve Visited: Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China and Australia

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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