Lara’s first time leaving her hometown Christchurch was when she was 21 years old to visit Sao Paulo, and from then she had the wanderlust. Having travelled to latin America and Africa many times, Lara’s experience and specialist knowledge will assist you in planning the trip of your lifetime!
Spanish speaking Lara says she tries to get away to some new exotic destination at least twice a year. Countries that she has travelled extensively through include, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia just to name a few. Next destination on her list is Patagonia.
Blake’s love of the natural world has taken him to all over the globe. The first time he left Australia to travel, he didn’t come home for almost 2 years!
Blake has worked in the travel industry since 2010, taking time off only to work as a scuba diving instructor and of course to travel more. He has lived on the coasts of Mexico and Egypt’s red sea (among others places) and has had the chance to explore many regions in depth – both on land and underwater. As an animal lover, Blake is lucky enough to have swam with whales and sharks, but recalls having somersault competitions with sea lions in the Galapagos as his most fun underwater experience.
Having travelled all the way from Chile to Colombia, Blake rates the deserts of Chile and Bolivia, the jungles and mountains of Peru and the coast line of Colombia as some of the most stunning places on Earth. While Mexico may always be at the top of Blake’s list, he has some high expectations for Brazil which is next in sight.
Blake’s first hand knowledge and passion for travel will have you visiting all the places on your bucket list as well as exploring some hidden places you’ve never heard of!
Helen joined the travel profession in 2010 after deciding she wanted a change following a successful career in the insurance industry. She quickly progressed up through the ranks at several leading agencies until we luckily secured her services late 2016. Helen’s product knowledge and sourcing and relationship management skills as well as her pricing, sales, & reservations background make her the a perfect fit in her role as Product Executive.
Having travelled to North America, Australia and the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates, Helen is planning on ticking off Machu Picchu and Galapagos in 2017 and hopes to cross Antarctic off the list next year along with the Amazon.
After an initial three month internship with us, Michelle has returned to become an official member of the team. Nearing the end of her double degree in Tourism and International Studies, we have managed to sway Michelle towards a career in the travel industry.
Michelle says her love for travel developed when she packed her bags, boarded a 24 hour flight to Montreal and lived among the Quebecois culture for a year. From her travels through East Coast of North America, and covering most of Western Europe, her definition of la Vie on Belle consists of sipping on sangrias in Barcelona to hiking Calanques in Southern France.
Now a Product Coordinator at Eclipse, Michelle is working with new destinations that she can hardly pronounce, and working closely with the team to ensure our customers experience the bang for their adventure.