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Melissa Hookway

Platinum Travel Specialist

About Melissa

My far-flung travels began in 1972 living in the mid-west USA for a year, where I was drawn to the wide open spaces and National Parks. Since then, my wanderlust has taken me to many parts of the world – each trip leaving me with memorable experiences that fuelled my desire to travel. Seeking to find the most unspoilt of places, two weeks in Bhutan proved to be a life-changing experience for me. As a previous wildlife illustrator and arboriculturalist, I found the vista of the huge Himalayan valley covered by wild Magnolia trees in flower just breathtaking.

Talking points

What's your favourite destination?


Which destination is top of your bucket list, and why?

In the Pantanal region of Brazil, I had the best wildlife experience of my life. In one morning, I saw a jaguar, giant river otter, and a puma stalking a capybara

How many languages do you speak?

I am not a linguist unfortunately – just one

Which five items do you always pack when travelling?

Origami Paper – wherever I go, despite any language barriers, I can make a bird that flaps its wings for the children and make them laugh

What's your top travel tip?

Be patient, be tolerant, be considerate, and interact with the locals, it will ensure you make the most of your travels