42. Ben Wilson – Medical Travel Companions

In this podcast episode, Allen speaks with Ben Wilson, co-founder of Medical Travel Companions (MTC).

What is Medical Travel Companions?

Medical Travel Companions is a unique service that assists people with their travel needs from a local domestic or complex international journey. There are a large number of individuals or families who choose not to travel due to a variety of reasons. MTC can remove many of the barriers that will allow many to realise their travel dreams.

MTC travel companions are experienced paramedics, nurses, or nannies, that have undergone a rigorous selection process. They have a range of knowledge including: families with elderly parents, young children, people with a mental health issue, disability, or simply people who just need reassurance or help on a holiday or in transit.

MTC companions are available on a global basis.

Key Benefits of Using Medical Travel Companions

Travellers can engage MTC services for travel on all forms of travel including, tours, cruises, flights, private vacations, or concierge transport services for local transportation requirements.

MTC companions are available to help you to your desired destination or even to stay with you for the duration of the entire trip. Medical Travel Companions is flexible and can tailor a solution to suit your specific needs.

MTC companions provide caring assistance to travellers such as:

  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Insurance recovery
  • Patient discharge
  • Sporting groups
  • School groups
  • People with a psychological condition
  • Children needing assistance
  • People recovering from surgery or illnes
  • Families
  • Or it could simply be a case of a person travelling on their own who requires a trusted companion to accompany them on their travel journey.


About Ben Wilson | Co Founder & CEO of Medical Travel Companions

medical travel companions - ben wilsonBen holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of South Australia. Ben brings to MTC experience in the Airline, Airport, Travel, Health and HR sectors. Ben is responsible for the day to day strategic direction of MTC on a global basis.

Before starting Medical Travel Companions in 2000, Ben held management roles for a major international airline, and also at a global management consulting firm. Ben has travelled extensively, including completing a transatlantic sailing voyage.

He has lived and worked in the UK and Africa. Ben is married and has three children and enjoys boating, Kangaroo Island, diving, tennis and, of course, travelling.

41. Sara Woodroffe – Simply Stronger

In this podcast episode, Allen Suss speaks with Sara Woodroffe of Simply Stronger about the importance of preparing ourselves physically for travel, and also about the impact of our changing eating habits when we travel.

About Sara Woodroffe

sara woodroffe simply strongerSara has worked in the health and fitness industry since 2001, starting out as a Personal Trainer at Fernwood while studying at the University of Ballarat. After graduating with a degree in Applied Science (Human Movement), Sara spent the next year travelling around Europe whilst living with family in the UK, returning in 2005 to complete her Graduate Diploma in Exercise and Rehabilitation.

As a fresh faced Exercise Physiologist (EP) Sara spent a year at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, assisting war veterans with PTSD and other conditions to be more active. She then moved back into the industry of health and fitness working for 2Good Personal Training as an EP. Here she continued to developed her skills in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and postural reconditioning.

Later moving to Perfectfit Gym and Personal Training Sara continued to refine her skills working with both the general population and rehabilitation clientele. It was during this time she developed an interest in exercise and prostate cancer. She conducted a pilot program in conjunction with Australian Prostate Cancer Centre looking to improve the physical function of men receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer.

This introduction into prostate cancer led Sara to complete a Masters degree looking at the engagement of men with prostate cancer receiving ADT in a group exercise program. She has continued to work in the area of exercise and cancer, presenting her research at the 2016 ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia) and Australasian Prostate Cancer Conferences.

40. Diane Lanz – Captain Cook Cruises

diane lanz captain cook cruisesDiane Lanz is the General Manager of Sales for the Captain Cook Cruises Company. She has over 20 years experience in the travel industry and fell in love with the idyllic Fijian Islands the very first time she went there.

In this Luxury Travel Podcast episode with Allen, Diane shares a wealth of knowledge with us and tells us about travelling to Fiji and escaping on board one of Captain Cook Cruises‘ five cruise ships.

They offer several different travel options, ranging from a day excursion to an overnight trip, to a three day, 7 day or even 11 day getaways through the northern islands.

About Diane Lanz

AGE – Old enough! But young enough to do it again 🙂

Married – Mother of 2 girls, 22 and 20.

Born in UK, married an Ozzie and moved across way back in 1991. Worked for Fiji Airways 1992 – 1995.

Worked for Castaway Island, Fiji and Reef Resort Fiji 1998 – 2015, so been involved with Fiji for quite a few years. Moved across to Captain Cook Cruises Fiji in 2015 as Castaway sold to Outrigger hotels.

Always worked in health and leisure and travel – speak English, French, German, and a small amount of Fijian – BULA.

Enjoy working for small family companies. Captain Cook Cruises Fiji is still run by the family who set it up originally – the Howarths. They’ve been operating for over 20 years in Fiji and offer fabulous small ship cruise experiences – 3,4, 7 or 11 nights through many of the Fiji Islands. It’s a great way to see a lot of Fiji in a short time – and to really immerse yourself in the culture.

I’m currently the GM Sales – for Australia, NZ, USA and Canada so have a reasonable size territory !! and am lucky enough to travel to these parts of the world at least twice a year.

The Captain Cook Cruises office is at Neutral Bay in Sydney – and I live in northern beaches of Sydney so it all works well – and I’m always close to the sea… as you can tell I love my vitamin C!!!

Enjoy participating in and watching sports – on and off the water, am member of Bilgola Surf club and other local sporting and community clubs.

Also enjoy good food and wine with friends and movies.

39. Stuart Catterson – The Golf Touring Company

In this podcast episode, Allen Suss speaks with Stuart Catterson of The Golf Touring Company about golf tours Australia has available to them.

About The Golf Touring Company

golf tours australiaHaving entered into a very saturated market, The Golf Touring Company knew that they must have a Unique Selling Proposition or it would be a very tough road ahead.

They do have a few ‘aces’ up their sleeve to make their tours a bit more appealing than their competitors…

  • Every tour they host comes with a teaching pro accompanying the trip
  • On groups of 20+, there is complimentary entertainment (comedian/magician) that is always very well received (esp in remote destinations)
  • They have access to a wide & varied group of sporting celebrities that help make the event that little bit special…and not paying silly money!
  • They have a great connection/offer for the British Open and US Masters that they can’t divulge in advertising…but well worth asking about!

The Golf Touring Company have covered pretty much everything to make any corporate client/golf club/general public tour that little bit different and definitely more memorable!

About Stuart Catterson

Stuart Catterson prides himself on being the creator of the WORLDS FIRST GOLF RIVER CRUISE which charters the whole boat – celebrity hosts – teaching professionals on board – special Q & A`s – themed entertainment … (see thegolftouringcompany.com.au for further details).

Stuart is an multi award winning, 30 year veteran of the travel industry with a reputation for thinking outside of the box for solutions and ideas.

38. Mark Luckey – roomsXML

In this episode, Allen Suss speaks with roomsXML Asia Pacific’s Director, Mark Luckey. They talk about what roomsXML does for travellers, and also places Mark loves to travel to personally.

About Mark Luckey, roomsXML Asia Pacific Director

Mark Luckey began his career as a biochemist, including a year at Surrey University in 1994 which led him to becoming the first undergraduate published author at Swinburne University in Melbourne. He became business manager of a Swinburne research centre at age 22 where he pioneered multimedia communication of commercially viable scientific concepts. .

mark luckey roomsxmlHe taught himself IT skills and created Storyboard at age 25 in 1999. He created online projects including the design and management of the largest digital R&D platform in the grains industry in 2003 in partnership with Deloittes.

Following incessant cold calling from Prakash Bang throughout 2002, he outsourced his first project to India. In 2004 he made his first of 19 (and counting) business visits to India. On this first visit was a family home lunch with the Bang family, a favourite travel memory. This personal engagement underpins a successful and valued international business relationship spanning 14 years.

Mark Luckey has delivered in excess of 5,000 offshore man days for Australia clients via 15 vendors across Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore and Mumbai encompassing SAP, Microsoft , Joomla and iPhone and iPad technologies.

His love with travel began in 1980 when his grandparents took him to Fiji as captured in this YouTube video. 30 years later he took his two-year-old daughter whilst inspecting hotels for roomsXML.

In 2014 Mark’s mother bought a decrepit hotel in Siem Reap and Mark established legal, system setup, supplier integration, web development and marketing. At the end of 2016 he negotiated the sale of “Santa Clara” to a Sth African buyer based in Queensland, running parallel agreements between Cambodian and Australian legal and accounting. He probably won’t work with his mum again. He did learn end to end technology from hotel to agent.

As well as owning sole rights for roomsXML in Australia and New Zealand, Mark designed and managed the development of the roomsXML systems for customer service, reminders, accounts processing and BI and consulted to the Ukraine arm of roomsXML. He also creates most of the roomsXML videos.

Since 2008 he has supported numerous education charities in India which included “slum school” visits with his wife, daughter and father. He is currently a director of Project Karma, an anti child exploitation charity which in 2017 was responsible for changing federal immigration laws to confiscate passports from registered paedophiles and sex offenders.

In June 2017 Mark was awarded his 3rd Dan Black belt and title of Sensei. He has three bronze medals from national Karate championships whilst representing Victoria.

Mark Luckey is married to Sasha (roomsXML National BDM) and father to Jessica, age 9, turning 17

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