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Melissa Channe

Chichester Office

After working in Cyprus as a Scuba Diver, I had to try the diving in the Caribbean. Barbados is an amazing and beautiful island and I immediately fell in love with it. The diving is second to none, the residents are friendly and helpful. There is plenty to explore and loads of activites to try. It's everything that I would want from a Caribbean island.

My passion for travel started when I visited India with my grandparents. I love the culture and learned so much about myself and my family.

My proudest achievement is learning how to scuba dive. When I actually worked as a diver, this was an amazing opportunity for me to experience living abroad and something I will never forget.

I have been in the travel industry since 2014 and love that no matter how many years you are in the job, you will always learn new things everyday and get the chance to explore new and exciting destinations.

Travel nuggets

  • If you don't want to pay tourist prices to see the Statue of Liberty, just take the free Staten Island ferry which travels past the statue. Once on Staten Island, go back through departures and make your way back to the mainland.

  • If you take the 9am boat to go whale watching in Boston, this departure is good if you do not like crowds however you spend a lot of the time searching for the whales. The 10am trip usually heads straight for the whales but is a little more crowded.

  • When traveling to Rome, book visits to the Colosseum and The Vatican online. This allows you to skip the 2hr + long queues.

  • If you fancy it, you can climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower instead of queuing for the lifts. This can save alot of time and you get amazing views that you wouldn't get traveling in the lifts.

  • If you're a thrill seeker and not afraid of heights, try zip lining through Fairmont Street in Las Vegas.

  • Take an audio tour of Alcatraz. You will get an idea of what is was like to be an inmate at the prison.

My hot picks

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Mauritius

This is a great resort offering beautiful villas with pools, a selection of watersports, spa treatments, bars and restaurants.

St Regis Mauritius, Le Morne, West Coast, Mauritius

Great location, beautiful views, great facilities.

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