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.

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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.

5-Star, No Tux, No Ball-Gown – You’re SeaDreaming!

YOU know there’s something special about the mega motor-cruisers of SeaDream Yacht Club when you’re chest-deep in the pool and a waiter sidles up to you – fully dressed, absolutely drenched, and with a dripping arm holding aloft Champagne and canapés .

seadream yacht clubOr when the captain who is hosting dinner on deck one balmy night suddenly stares at your wife, leaps from his chair and disappears… to return with the pronouncement: “I noticed the wind was blowing your wife’s hair; I’ve had us change course to avoid it happening again – but I must remember to put us back on course after dinner, or there’ll be no Capri tomorrow!”

And special when Chef invites you shopping with him one morning for local fruits, vegetables, cheeses and cold meats for cocktails that night.

For such is life aboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II, the “luxury twins” that each carry just 112 guests, who are indulged (without being fawned-over) by 95 crew in the Mediterranean during the northern summer, and the Caribbean from November to March.

And equally it’s waiters who polish your sunglasses as they deliver you drinks poolside, that have seen SeaDream I and II voted World’s Best Small Ships For Food, Service and Value.

Yet they’ve a dress policy that’s simply smart-casual with ‘no tux, no ball-gowns,’ dining is indoors some nights, outdoors under the stars on others, wines come with lunch and dinner, and there are complimentary drinks at the bars.

Plus there is a complimentary fitness centre, and optional-cost Thai Spa.

They also have in-stateroom videos, DVDs and CDs, extensive libraries, power and sail water-sports, shore use mountain bikes, and 30-course golf simulators. And on select nights after-dinner movies on deck.

Itineraries are mainly 7-nights, with many guests doing “back to back” sailings – particularly Australians, who comprise around ten per cent of SeaDream Yacht Club’s passengers.

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