Meet our Travel Specialists
Meet our Travel Specialists at Travel Specialists Mosman. Our travel consultants offer many years of knowledge and experience to assist you with all your travel needs from luxury holidays to corporate business trips. Contact our travel agents on 02 9932 4000, make an enquiry online or email us.
ph: 02 9932 4005
Sharyn Kitchener started working in the travel industry in 1983 and has never looked back. From a young age, her passion for travel was clear and it was one she just had to share. Starting as a Junior Consultant at one of Sydney’s leading travel agencies, Sharyn has gone above and beyond to be one of the most well known figures in travel while developing her deep knowledge of the industry and holiday destinations. During her 30-year career Sharyn has worked at some of Australia’s most prestigious travel organisations. Living for five years in Asia allowed Sharyn to manage and escort several tours to Hong Kong, Korea, Hawaii and Hamilton Island, taking groups of over 100 people on each occasion.
Sharyn is proud to have been an inaugural member of Young AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) and has been named Best Travel Consultant in New South Wales several times at the annual AFTA awards.
Sharyn’s favourite destinations include Italy, Vietnam and Turkey and she considers Rafting down the ‘Rio Grande’ in Jamaica with a group of Jamaican locals & expats – soaking up the experience and adventure with a little rum punch as one of her most memorable travel moments.
Since taking over Travel Specialists Mosman in 2015, Sharyn is looking forward to growing the business and providing TSM’s clients with an outstanding and personalised holiday that they will be recounting with friends for years to come.
ph: 02 9932 4000
Penny Spencer is Managing Director of Spencer Travel Group.
She started her career almost 30 years ago and has in this time worked mainly in Corporate travel building a very strong brand and an award winning company.
Penny is a Director of Travel Specialists Mosman. She loves to work closely with the team on marketing, staff training and retention and most importantly client service and retention.
Penny is very active in the Travel Industry and has a high profile by being a successful businesswoman, a member of many committees and boards and also the Founder of a Travel Industry specific Mentor programme.
She spends her time between business’s and has a passion for everything travel.
Corporate Travel Manager
ph: 02 9932 4010
Years in the industry: 43 years
With over 40 years of travel consulting in Mosman I have seen many changes in the products we sell and the way we sell them. The early seventies saw the introduction of cheap and fast airline services to Europe and international travel became accessible to all. Airlines schedules were to be found in phone book size directories which came out monthly and bookings were made by phone or telex. Today the changes in technology make it much easier to access information and services but the challenge is still there to create the right travel experience for each individual client.
Places I love to sell, talk about: Europe, Africa and Asia (particularly Myanmar and Vietnam) are high on the list but I also love selling places closer to home such as Tasmania and New Zealand where there are so many opportunities to experience the natural scenic beauty along with fine food and wine.
In recent years there has been a boom in Cruising holiday options and I enjoy assisting clients in choosing between the grand ocean liners such as Cunard or the smaller luxury lines such as Silverseas and Seabourn. The expansion of expeditionary cruises to remote destinations has also added to the variety of cruising options available.
I also enjoy arranging specialised group travel and get great satisfaction out from arranging regular trips to Asia and the Pacific for teams of medical volunteers who donate their time to provide urgent medical care and ongoing training in countries with limited medical facilities.
Luxury Travel Specialist
ph: 02 9932 4001
Over 25 years in the Travel industry managing holidays for families, couples, single travellers and groups.
My favourite destinations are endless. Every time I travel somewhere it is always a new and exciting experience. One of my favourite destinations as been Africa; discovering unbelievable wildlife in remote and unique Zambia including an amazing walking safari; speeding down the Zambezi river amongst all of the local hippos; sleeping in a luxury tent at night when the silence of the evening is broken by the Elephants walking past my tent.
I have travelled extensively throughout the United States, including New York, New Orleans, Memphis, San Francisco, Los Angeles along with South America including Macchu Pichu and travelling on Orient Express to Cusco, visiting Wineries in Chile.
Other favourites include Vietnam, Cambodia, Tahiti, Japan, Hawaii, and of course the lovely Italy and France, Mauritius, Fiji.
Along with many adventures to these destinations one of my more relaxing holidays is cruising. It is amazing how fantastic this can be for a family, a couple or a single traveller. So much variety and so much to do. I recently had the pleasure to travel on a Tauck river cruise from Lyon to Arle, discovering and learning all that is good with Wine, and Artists over the centuries. Such a fantastic and easy way of embracing the local culture.
As an accredited cruise consultant with the Cruise council of Australia, I continually keep up to date with the variety of cruising there is on offer. I've cruised on QE2, Regent Seven Seas Mariner, Paul Gauguin, Crystal Symphony, Captain Cook, and recently inspected Seabourn Odyssey, Silversea, and Serenity also True North, The Orion, Queen Mary 2, and many others... there is something on offer for everyone.
So although not having been everywhere, I love discovering new places and also visiting some regular favourites in between.
ph: 02 9932 4007
I’ve been in this industry for over 25 years now and still have same the travel bug I had from the start. It is so hard to name a favourite destination, but if I had to choose, my favourite city would have to be New York where there is always something going on 24/7 and my favourite resort without a doubt is The Nam Hai in Vietnam-the amazing tranquillity and service at this resort set them apart and they serve one the best breakfasts I have ever enjoyed.
Anyway there are still so many places out there I am itching to visit, so hopefully I can get through them in my next 25 years on the planet.
ph: 9932 4040
Years in the industry: 12 years
Favourite places I have visited: Mauritius, Bali, Fiji, Europe, America, Thailand.
Personal life or travel experiences: Since having my son Saxon, I appreciate how important the small details are when travelling with children. If you can find a holiday which has something for everyone - Mum, Dad and the kids, then everyone will enjoy themselves.
Places I love to sell, talk about: Love selling places I have been to as I am able to share personal experiences.
ph: 02 9932 4015
Areas of Expertise: Family Travel Worldwide, Ski & Fiji
Years in the industry: 17 years Favourite places I have visited: Fiji, Thailand, Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico, Maldives & all over Europe.
Personal life or travel experiences: Having travelled extensively to more than 50 countries throughout Europe, North America, the Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, I have an intense love of travel that just keeps growing! Whether it be canoeing the Okavango Delta, skiing down the slopes of Steamboat Springs, climbing to the top of Mt Sinai or relaxing in a hammock on a remote Mexican Beach, every holiday holds the experience of a lifetime that I love to share with anyone willing to listen! Now that I have young children, my interest is to also discover exceptional places that will suit the whole family in their quest for the perfect getaway!
Places I love to sell, talk about: I am passionate about selling destinations I have personally experienced. No amount of research can compare to the real life experience of having seen, heard, touched, smelt & tasted a place.
ph: 02 9932 4015
Areas of Expertise: I’ve been in the industry for 19 years and have seen many, many changes in that time. My love for travelling is still as strong as it was all that time ago although my travelling style has changed now incorporating child friendly destinations. ‘Travel With Kidz’ is my specialised area. As a mum of two girls I’ve travelled with my children to Fiji, the Whitsundays, Sunshine Coast, Perth and Margaret River, Cruising, the United Kingdom and Disneyland. Without children I have also travelled extensively to New Zealand, Singapore, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, West Coast and East Coast America, Hawaii, Britain, Ireland and Europe There is still so much more of the world to see!!
Favourite Places I have visited: Elephant trekking in Thailand, Swimming with Dolphins in Hawaii, snorkelling in Fiji, releasing turtles to the sea in Cherating Malaysia and watching my kids faces in Disneyland are favourites for me.
Memorable Meals: Eating amazingly fresh seafood feast on the beach at Jimbaran Bay as the sun sets over the water.
Recently Visited: the United Kingdom and Disneyland
Wouldn’t travel without... A camera and a credit card!
ph: 02 9932 4013
Areas of Expertise: I have been in the travel industry since I left high school, scarily 23 years ago. I have worked at Travel Specialists Mosman / Travel with Kidz for 13 years. In that time I have had 3 children now aged 10yrs, 9yrs and 4years. As a family we have travelled extensively over the past 10 years. U.K, Club Med Bali, Club Med Phuket, Hawaii, Jean Michel Cousteau’s, and our annual family holiday to Castaway Island.
Favourite Places I have visited:
New York City: is a must for all walks of life, so much to see and amazing shopping.
Cambodia: I was so amazed by the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat and the history that both Siem Reap and Phnom Phenh have to offer. |
Aspen – Snowmass: Caters for everybody…skiing is fantastic for both adults and children. There is always something to do in Aspen, shopping, great restaurants and of course the skiing. Castaway island-Fiji. Ticks all the boxes twice for everybody, Young, Old & Families. Amazing staff, surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, and an alternative, delicious menu.
New York: Tavern on the Green a New York City Icon, one of New York’s most famous dining spots.
Jean Michel Cousteau’s: every meal is so fresh and delicious, amazingly presented.
Recently Visited: Club Med Bali, Club Med Phuket.
Wouldn’t travel without… credit card, camera and passport, and of course TRY not to travel without my family….
ph: 02 9932 4003
Years in the industry: 37 years
Favourite places I have visited: Muscat and Abu Dhabi in the Gulf region, Hong Kong, Chicago, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and crossing the Atlantic aboard a Cunard ocean liner.
Personal life or travel experiences: Visiting the Shwedago Temple in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), experiencing the luxurious Blue Train from Capetown to Pretoria, South Africa. Travelling on safari in Zambia, Botswana and South Africa My personal holidays involve a lot of ocean travel as I have a passion for cruising. Seeing different ports every day, unpacking once and returning to the sanctuary of a beautiful ship at the end of day exploring to enjoy wonderful food and good company, it doesn’t get much better!
Places I love to sell: Cruising holidays to any destination, they offer great value for money, you can do as much or as little as you like and they take the stress out of travel.
Memorable Meals: Dinner at the wonderful Buddha Bar in Paris listening to my favourite music. Christmas day luncheon at The Chedi Hotel in Muscat, Oman and afternoon tea in the Palm Court of the Ritz Hotel in London.
Recently Visited: London, Paris and Abu Dhabi
ph: 02 9932 4018
Areas of Expertise: Europe in general but especially France, Italy, Spain and UK, Asia, South Pacific. I also love Australia and think it’s been undervalued as a holiday destination in the last few years. Since working here I have also embraced family travel, Africa and cruising.
Favourite Places I have visited: Namibia, Morocco, Turkey, Vietnam, France, Italy and Fiji
Memorable Meals: an Italian family restaurant in the Opera District of Paris. Fantastic food and high theatre while they sliced the meats for pizza on a vintage slicer. Rustic al fresco dinner in a vineyard outside of Florence. We sang all the way home! A banquet in a tent in the Moroccan desert. The food, music and dancing was sensational.
Recently Visited: I took my husband to Vietnam. Here’s hoping the cooking classes inspire him to get out the wok!
Wouldn’t travel without… a basic medical kit for sore throats, colds, stomach bugs, dry eyes. Nothing worse than being sick in a foreign country and nothing to treat it.