My name is John Paul, and I run a local business in Victoria helping Australians make sustainable and ethical choices for their local and overseas travels. Over the last 19 years I have lived, worked and travelled to 32 countries, and I am passionate about helping people enjoy amazing journeys for work and leisure. With over six years of industry experience and backed by an amazing company that's been around for 25 years, I have created amazing holiday plans and bookings for over 800 Australians, helping them create unforgettable experiences within budget, and come home safely :-)
Let me help you!
I’m here to guide you to make the right decisions when it comes to your travels - I can give you advice, help you save money, and make sure that your journeys have positive contributions to the places and people you visit. It’s this kind of helping hand that will mean that you worry less, enjoy more and help people and environments thrive. When we are fully in the moment enjoying everything around us, we can bring home true inspiration and learning.
Don't worry, there are no service or booking fees! Every appointment with me is a no-obligation conversation to find out:
* Your bucket list
* What you love to do
* How much you can afford to spend
* How much time you have to spare
From this I create personalised travel plans and book your journey.
It could be a short escape to a beautiful island destination, or an adventure tour of a new country. I can book anything from campsites to luxury boutique hotels. I cater for independent travellers, as well as families wanting everything planned in advance. Every booking is based on your personal desires, plus a heavy dose of real travel experience!
I look forward to hearing from you :-)
Yours in travel
Please send me your holiday or travel requirements and I will do my best to help you.
Sent in by Casey O'Connor
Sydney, 03 December 2019
Having worked with JP from 2017 to 2019, I know he works really hard for his customers – often overtime! He has a wealth of travel knowledge to share, and he’s a great listener when it comes to designing travel itineraries that are suited to the customer. He even goes the extra mile to organise visas for countries that give people plenty of headaches! Best of luck!
Sent in by Celine Quentrec
Sydney, 03 December 2019
Any time I need flights or transit accommodation booked I go to JP. He always comes up with the most convenient, time and money saving solution. As a traveler himself he really understands your needs and objectives, I have never been disappointed :-)
Sent in by Matthew Hedges
Sydney, 16 September 2019
I had a great experience with John Paul getting my next trip to the UK organised. He gave me plenty of good options for different flights that suited my budget and schedule, and booked me with an airline I know I can trust. I will be using John Paul again for my future holidays and would recommend him to anyone.
Sent in by Sonja Karovski
Sydney, 10 September 2019
John is highly knowledgeable and detailed. His great to talk to and I always feel confident with his suggestions, guide and planning my trips. To top it off, his calming personality always ensured me I’m in safe hands. Thank you John.
Sent in by Sagar Kadir
Sydney, 10 September 2019
John Paul is one of the most hardworking and professional travel agents I’ve worked with! He provides a premium service with cost effective methods to maximise your trip. Infact, I'm using his expertise for my upcoming Argentinian adventure.
Sent in by Rob Cot
Melbourne , 10 September 2019
JP is definitely the most informative and helpful travel agent I’ve ever come across. Why he doesn’t charge a booking fee I have no idea! I’m really looking forward to my upcoming trips to the snow, and a can’t thank him enough for providing all the information needed to make it possible.
Sent in by Ashley Contador
Sydney, 10 September 2019
John Paul is honestly a fantastic travel agent. He gave us some great advice planning our first big trip to South America and was able to provide us with information on places, time frames, and activities that we hadn't even considered! He was quick to respond compared to other travel agents we’ve used, and he was focused on US actually having a great time, while always being safe. He had heaps of personal experience to share for our travels through Peru which was super helpful. We ended up having an amazing time. I couldn't recommend John Paul highly enough! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
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Contact me on 03 9028 6899
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
11 December 2019
Make your Christmas holiday a sustainable journey with these empowering and practical talks on travel and the environment! Wednesday 11th December 2019, Bellarine Room, The NAB Village Geelong, 43-45 Brougham St, Geelong VIC 3220 Thursday 12th December 2019, Meeting Room 8, The NAB Village Docklands, 700 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Do you care about the environment but can't imagine a world without international travel? Without a doubt, air travel is one of the biggest contributors to global carbon emissions, yet one of the best ways that we can explore the world and take a break from work. In this lunchtime...
21 November 2019
I'm excited to be on the Agent Advisory Panel for the small-group adventure tour company G Adventures! It's my opportunity to have direct input into the sustainability and ethics of the company (amongst other things) so I can be more confident booking them for my customers. The great thing is that G Adventures do some amazing work already helping local social enterprises and environmental initiatives take off. In particular, they work with the Planeterra Foundation helping local communities benefit from tourism. https://planeterra.org/ Random photo.... Meet John Paul, the guy giving the peace sign to my right. I stopped by the side of a...
07 November 2019
Over the last few weeks I have been asked by many people, how can travel be sustainable if the carbon emissions of one international flight is equivalent to driving a car every day for one year? I think that to answer questions like this, we first need to appreciate that every human-made product or service that we consume has some kind of impact on the environment, which can be measured in terms of carbon emissions. I’m talking about everything from the device that you are using to read this post, to the clothes we are wearing, to the...
05 November 2019
As a ‘minimalist’, I try to live with less to experience more. For me this means spending less time shopping for consumer goods so I can have more time and money to spend on my travels. However, in the last few years I have had some fantastic shopping experiences that has made me realise that shopping should be a fun experience, rather than a boring, stressful or even guilty one. The photos above are of me in Kenya a few years ago paying quite a lot more money than I ‘should have’ for some local handicrafts....
02 November 2019
When we are on holiday our main intention is to enjoy our time, but I think it is worth sparing a moment to think about the impact we have on the local communities that we visit… When we choose the airlines we fly with, are we mindful of how well the staff are treated, and whether they are getting a fair wage? With our accommodation choices, are we supporting multinational companies or local family-owned establishments? When we eat out, are we encouraging local food production or the import-based food industry? In my previous career, I worked...
16 October 2019
When I first saw this, I thought it was really strange! For me, cruises have been more about entertainment and exploring islands, rather than growing veggies and flowers... However, when I think more about my personal ethics around travel - i.e. travelling with purpose and meaning - this makes total sense. Why can't cruises be an opportunity to be active outdoors and learn new skills that you can take home to your own garden? Here's some information from Cunard, and feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about the cruise: "Setting sail on 1 March 2021, Cunard’s inaugural...
15 October 2019
I have a strong passion for community development, environment and customer service - things that don’t necessarily go together well... However, they have become the most important aspects of my business. Travel is normally a selfish thing. When people go on holiday they are generally there for self-indulgence - whether it be relaxing and recharging, exploring new environments and cultures, getting fit and active or celebrating a big achievement. All of these reasons for travel are fantastic, but when it comes down to it, we do it for ourselves and not really for others. Of course, I’m not a...
01 October 2019
I love to travel around Australia, and it is amazing be in such a safe and beautiful country to explore. I personally enjoy the remoteness of the natural environment, so I tend to travel a lot using my Citroen Berlingo converted campervan. It functions very much the same as a large overland wagon or ute, except that it's not designed for 4WD touring. The 'living space' is primarily outdoors exposing me to the weather, but giving me a very direct experience of the natural world. What I lose in 4WD capability I gain in range - my van can travel up to...
24 August 2019
One of my biggest travel tips is to aim to be in cities over weekends, rather than on weekdays. Here are a few photos of Seattle on a lovely Sunday morning :-) Seattle is not exactly the first place Australians think of visiting in the USA, but it's an incredibly lively city to explore! This travel tip might seem obvious - weekends are when most events and cultural activities are on for the locals. It's also when lots of locals are out and about enjoying their time, rather than being busy at work. However, it's suprising to see so many people...
23 August 2019
I am a huge fan of locally-owned boutique hotels, lodges and AirBnBs. There’s a place for big brand hotel chains, but the alternatives nowadays are incredibly compelling, and your experience of a new country largely hinges on where you choose to stay. The trick is to find somewhere you can trust. We know that a good chain hotel is likely to give us the basics that we need - a clean bed and bathroom, and a guaranteed reservation. However, going boutique often means there’s a chance of some things going wrong. This is where good...
23 August 2019
Back in 2018 I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of some of the remote parts of the Great Wall of China. I have no idea why I didn’t realise it was going to be a tough walk until I got there, but that’s what happened! The group that I was with were generally younger and fitter than I was, so it was really tough keeping up with them ?? There are some fantastic destinations around the world to have a fitness-focussed holiday, and surprisingly China is one of them. When you first arrive in Beijing (the gateway...
23 August 2019
I’ve had the privilege to learn about some amazing places to stay over the last few years - some through my own travel experience, and others from the feedback of my best customers. I’m going to post a lot more information about places to stay over the coming months - including reviews and recommendations about boutique hotels, resorts, home stays and AirBnB properties. Keep in touch - I’m here to help :-) The first thing I think people need to think about when travelling is the 'type' of accommodation they want, rather than the price. In my opinion, the accommodation type...
23 August 2019
I was in Beijing a few months ago on a cold winter’s day. The sky was bland making the Forbidden City look dull and lifeless. I'd travelled a long way to get there, so a pang of negativity hit me when we arrived at the front gates. The saving grace for the day was Luna, our tour guide, who helped us have a great time! She was cheerful, highly knowledgeable, and answer all of our questions - even the controversial ones ;-) I do a lot of independent travel, but it is great having a local person that’s passionate about...
23 August 2019
It’s always difficult eating healthy food when on holiday - you don’t have your own kitchen and a familiar supermarket. Eating out is exciting, but sometimes the mix of ingredients is so different that you have no idea what's really in there! We’re lucky to have a great garden where we’re at - to pick fresh vegetables and make some great meals every day. The secret is to travel slowly - to spend at least three nights in each place you visit. That way you can get familiar with the places to source good ingredients to cook or eat out. Talking...
17 September 2018
I really love taking photos of people while travelling, so I’d like to share a few tips on how to get the best of your travel portraiture photos. Before I start, I usually shoot with either a Sony RX100 M3 compact camera when overseas, or a Panasonic GX8 mirrorless camera with a 12-35mm 2.8 zoom lens when in Australia. They are two rather dated cameras, but I prefer to travel with less valuable equipment, instead of the latest and greatest. Most modern cameras nowadays are pretty amazing, so you can great results from almost anything you use. My first tip is to...
01 March 2018
Take photos ‘about’ the person. Following on from the last tip about taking you time to get to know your subject, I think it’s important to try to notice something interesting or unique about the person you are taking a photograph of. Naturally when you have your camera in hand looking for someone to take a photo of, your eyes and mind draw you towards seeing people and things of interest. When someone catches your eye, take a few moments to be still and observe them. Try to recognise why you noticed them in the first place. It’s usually only...