With her first overseas trip at one month old, Hilary was raised to have a passion for travel. She developed a particular interest in Africa which led her to complete a Foreign Affairs/African Studies Degree at university and live in Gaborone, Botswana as part of a study abroad program. Her travel career started in 2010 when she left her hometown of Washington, DC and moved to London to work for an Africa travel specialist. In 2013 she relocated (yet again!) to Sydney, continuing her career in Africa travel and completing a Master of International Business in 2017.
So far, Hilary has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Kenya, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Egypt and Morocco. It is impossible for her to pick a favourite destination as they are all so different and wonderful, although Botswana does hold a special place in her heart after living there! Her 5 favourite African experiences to date have been visiting the mountain gorillas in Rwanda, bungee jumping at Victoria Falls, hiking up Dune 45 at sunrise in Namibia, running the Safaricom Half Marathon in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and witnessing a group of lionesses strategically take down a buffalo in the Okavango Delta.
Hilary loves sharing her passion and knowledge of Africa with anyone who will listen. Her extensive product knowledge, organisation skills and attention to detail allow her to design seamless tailor-made itineraries that blow her clients away!
Luke has lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout the world and these experiences give him the perfect opportunity to use his expert knowledge for the benefit of his clients.
Luke began his career in the travel industry back in 2004 with a ski company in London. After several years of travelling in Europe and North Africa, he spent some time backpacking through South East Asia before moving to Canada. From there a one way ticket to Mexico gave him his first taste of Latin America which left a lasting impression. This trip also took him through Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Bolivia and Chile, before ending in Argentina some 7 months later. He has since returned to spend more time in Peru and Argentina as well as Ecuador and Colombia.
When asked Luke says it’s hard to pick a favourite place, but says Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, the Amazon in Ecuador and the Caribbean coast of Colombia are right up there! Next up Luke says he would love to get back over to explore Patagonia, Antarctica and do some more snowboarding in the mighty Andes.
A self described travel enthusiast, Alisha’s travel ‘to do’ list is forever growing – the more she travels, the more she wants to see! She has a soft spot for Africa after a recent trip experiencing a mix of overlanding and camping, luxury lodges and self drive. Her highlight would have to be a tie between viewing elephants from her private plunge pool at the exclusive Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, star gazing in a basic camp in the middle of the Okavango Delta and taking in the alien landscapes of Sossusvlei in Namibia.
Another favourite destination is Mexico with its colour and vibrancy. Alisha has just returned from her second visit here and says she could still go back. With a great mix of beautiful beaches, colonial towns reminiscent of Europe and mouth watering cuisine what is not to love?
Alisha loves helping people realise their own travel dreams and living vicariously through others’ experiences. Getting to know her clients and what’s important to them is something she really enjoys, and she loves adding tailored suggestions and hidden gems to her clients’ itineraries for something different and special.
One of her favourite parts of working in travel is hearing peoples stories and experiences, as every experience is so different – there is no universal truth or one size fits all option when it comes to travel! She says that there is nothing more satisfying than a client popping in after their journey with tales to tell of the adventures they have had.
Blake’s love of the natural world has taken him to all 7 continents. He has worked in the travel industry since 2010, taking time off only to work as a scuba diving instructor and of course to travel more. He has lived on the coast of Mexico and the Red Sea in Egypt (among other places) and has had the chance to explore many regions in depth – both on land and underwater.
Among Blake’s favourite destinations are Atacama and Torres del Paine in Chile, the Galapagos Islands, Iguazu Falls and pretty much anything in Brazil! Some adventures worth a mention have been travelling overland from Santiago to Cartagena, the Route of Emotions in North East Brazil, a fly-cruise to Antarctica and the month-long Camino de Santiago which started Blake’s passion for travel back in 2009.
Where to next? The list continues to grow. He is always happy to have a chat about travel and help you plan your next adventure!
Lara’s first time leaving her hometown Christchurch was when she was 21 years old to visit Sao Paulo Brazil, and from then she had the wanderlust. Having travelled to all 7 continents, Latin America and Africa many times, Lara’s 10 years experience working in the travel industry and specialist knowledge is at your disposal when planning the adventure of your lifetime!
Lara says she tries to get away to a new exotic destination at least twice a year. Countries that she has travelled extensively through include, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Antarctica! Her biggest highlight out of everywhere she has travelled is Antarctica. While she has a preference for hot and tropical destinations, if you ask her she will tell you that no travel experience can match visiting such an awe inspiring place as Antarctica! Some of her other highlights are gorilla trekking in Uganda and camping in the Okavango Delta. The next places on her ever growing list are Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania.
The atlas has always been the most prized book on the shelf for Tig, an avid travel addict since a young age. She took her solo trip to the UK at 14 and since then she’s visited 60 countries in 15 years. After university she booked a one-way ticket overseas, backpacking the length of South America before living in the USA and the UK for three years.
In 2014 Tig fulfilled a lifelong dream to be an overland leader like her Dad was in the 1970s. For four years she led groups around South America, from Colombia down to Ushuaia and up past Rio to the less travelled Guianas – clocking up over 160,000km on the road. The best bits according to Tig? The majesty of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the fascinating daily life of an 8-day Amazon river boat trip and the indescribable chaos of Rio Carnival!
Now the proud owner of an awesome niece and nephew, she’s decided it’s time to unpack her backpack, buy furniture and settle down in Sydney. Despite this the travel to-do list remains full – next up is Iran, Uzbekistan and Botswana and hopefully one day Antarctica.
Originally from Slovakia, Lenka lived in London for 4 years before moving to Australia. She always dreamt of being a travel agent – imagining the excitement of planning holidays and learning about different destinations around the world.
Since starting in the travel industry 10 years ago, she hasn’t looked back. It was after her first trip to Africa that she decided to specialise in this incredibly diverse continent and she joins the Eclipse team with 5 years of African travel experience.
Her first trip to Africa took her to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda- where she got to meet the amazing mountain gorillas. On subsequent trips to Africa she has explored South Africa and Zimbabwe. When asked, the thing Lenka loves most about Africa is that the experiences you have there are like nowhere else in the world. “You get to see amazing wildlife up close (sometimes closer than you would like!), experience some interesting cultures, meet lovely locals and see some wonderful and unique landscapes.” Next countries on Lenka’s Africa list would be Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar!
Whether it’s your first trip to Africa or you are already hooked and looking to discover another part, Lenka looks forward to sharing her passion with you and helping you plan your next unforgettable adventure.
Vivien was only 18 years old when she left her home country Germany to go backpacking around Australia, New Zealand and Thailand on her own. From this moment travel was no longer a side factor in her life, it became a passion. She decided to stay in Australia to complete a diploma in tourism and when she got her first job offer from a travel wholesale company based in Sydney she realised very quickly that she can now call Australia her new home.
She started as a Documentation Consultant, proceeded to be a Reservations Sales Agent and finally got promoted to Product Specialist. In 2016 Vivien realised it was time to tick off a lot of destinations on her bucket list before her daughter would start school, so she took her back then 4-year-old daughter and they travelled 6 months around the globe. Her highlights included the Capilano Suspension Bridge National Park in Vancouver, the biggest Rodeo on earth – the Calgary Stampede, the beautiful scenery of Banff and Jasper, the Niagara Falls in Toronto, a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean (Bahamas, Jamaica & Mexico), enjoying the beach life in Miami, cruising around the Greek Islands, driving around Italy with a campervan, a desert safari in Dubai and of course her absolute favourite destination South America where she travelled on her own. Vivien spent 6 weeks in South America and absolutely fell in love with it and realised she will need to come back as 6 weeks are way to short! Highlights included a Galapagos cruise, the salt flats in Bolivia, mountain biking the death road – the world’s most dangerous road, hiking the 5-day Inca Trail and climbing up the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Vivien has travelled to many countries and she joined us because she has an absolute passion for the destinations we specialise in and can mirror herself in Eclipse Travel!
Aya’s first solo trip was the big move from Japan to Australia at the age of 16, carefully planned over a year with a lot of help from her supportive family. Over two decades later, Aya considers Australia her home.
Aya’s curiosity has driven her to see the world as long as she can remember. Once something spikes her curiosity, she finds a way to see and experience it for herself. This has led to many adventures in Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America, the Middle East, and the South Pacific Islands.
Her travels were inspired by a love of the ocean and nature, which grew even more while travelling on a 100-day round the world cruise as an interpreter for local guides. Aya then spent some time in South East Asia exploring beneath the sea as an underwater filmmaker, dive guide, and scuba diving instructor, before moving to South Africa for the life changing experience of encountering true wildlife.
Aya takes great pride in her work ensuring Eclipse Travel clients experience a seamless journey from start to finish, so that they can focus on the important things, and make the most of their adventures.”