44. Ines Fabris – Tours of Tuscany

In this Luxury Travel Podcast episode, Allen Suss talks about travelling to Tuscany with Ines Fabris, the founder of Tours of Tuscany.

ines fabris tours of tuscany podcast interviewAbout Ines Fabris & Tours of Tuscany

Ines was born and raised in Melbourne of Italian parents; my father was born on Isola d’Elba an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Ines had the opportunity to travel to Italy with her husband and children several times and always had a passion for Tuscany.

It was in 2007 that Ines decided to take a study tour of Tuscany and in 2008 Tours of Tuscany was born. In 2012, Ines’ daughter, Monique, joined as Marketing Manager and together they share the beauty of the region with travellers from many corners of the globe, comprising, New Zealand, USA, Canada and UK.

They spend the European Spring and Summer in Tuscany, nearby the historical centre of Cortona which is their home during their stay in Italy.

From small beginnings in 2008 Tours of Tuscany has become a well-known brand for unique boutique tours of the region.

43. Greg Wilson – Travelling Indochina

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Greg Wilson – Wide Eyed Tours

In this podcast episode, your travel captain, Allen Suss, speaks with Greg Wilson of Wide Eyed Tours about travelling Indochina (Vietnam and Cambodia).

Ben’s favourite places to visit are:
– The whole place!
Vietnam, and in particular, Hoi An.
Siem Reap (food there is amazing)

Some tips for travelling Indochina:

  • You can get around Cambodia and Vietnam only speaking English
  • Cigarettes and alcohol are very cheap
  • Excellent accommodation with funky architecture. Very good value for money.
  • Quality clothing for one-tenth of what you would pay in Australia.

Another advantage of Indochina travel is that it is not far to travel to from Australia.

Most people go to Hanoi, Vietnam and that’s all, but there are a lot of amazing places to visit in the far north. It has the best scenery in Asia, after Nepal.

When is the best time to travel Indochina?

  • In Vietnam’s north, January (winter) is quite cold, so if you don’t like cold weather don’t go that time of year.
  • Vietnam’s south is 35 degrees all year round.
  • March into April is the best time to go, as well as August, for the milder weather.

About Greg Wilson

Started his career in retail travel in 1989 after travelling for 4 years and being well bitten by the “travel bug”.

Almost 30 years latter with a career having seen him in a variety of positions with such leading travel organisations like Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Cruise Abroad, Eastern Eurotours to name a few.

Greg assisted in the introduction of Wide Eyed Tours onto the Australian Travel market in 2007.
Wide Eyed Tours is a “boutique” independent travel operator looking after traveller to destination Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos.

Some 11 years latter he finds himself in the unplanned situation of being perhaps the most travelled person, in the industry, to Vietnam and the region. There will be few who have a better knowledge of Vietnam.

Great Wilson is the National Sales Manager of Wide Eyed Tours.

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.

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