Rediscover the World offers tailor-made holidays and small group tours for the discerning independent traveller. We offer a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience travelling in our featured destinations which is pretty hard to beat. Combined with our excellent prices for accommodation, car hire, local guides, activities and excursions mean we are the first port of call for our loyal customers. We would like to be your first choice of travel provider, too, for bespoke holidays to Morocco, Greece, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Serbia, Norway, Romania, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. We also offer fabulous day breaks and short breaks to Lapland.
Prior to founding Rediscover the World we gained invaluable experience working in all aspects of the travel industry, including at tour operators' head offices in the UK (reservations, customer service, personnel training, IT) and various positions overseas, such as island / resort managers. We became disillusioned with customers being treated as just 'one of a number' which spurred us on to launch Rediscover the World, with its strong ethos of treating customers as individuals, each with a different set of requirements.
We pride ourselves on being a completely independent family-run business - you will always speak with someone who knows you and your individual requirements. Overseas, we co-operate with local agents whom we have known for many years and trust implicitly. These wonderful teams of people have always proved themselves reliable in organising our customers' bookings and for providing exceptional levels of service.We look forward to being of service.
Dawn is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and graduated from Queens University, Belfast with a degree in French and German. After securing a position as Overseas Representative for Lancaster Holidays (part of the International Leisure Group) she was sent to Tangier, Morocco for 7 months and by all accounts it was a summer to remember! "I will never forget my first visit to Morocco" she says, "the sheer hard work of learning a new job, living in a vibrant city such as Tangier, and the incredible friendliness of the Moroccan people" It was 1986, the year that the Bond film 'The Living Daylights' was filmed in Tangier; a few days after filming was complete she found out that 'James Bond' (Timothy Dalton) had been living in the hotel next door!
Dawn worked for ILG until 1989 working in Lido di Jesolo in 1987 and Aegina Island in 1988 and 1989. Winters were spent in Belfast working in reservations and as their sales representative for Northern Ireland. In 1992 Dawn joined Cosmos Holidays, once again to work on Aegina, and this was followed by summer seasons on Crete, Lefkas, Skiathos & Skopelos and three winter seasons in Goa. In early 1995, whilst in London interviewing overseas staff for Cosmos, Dawn was suddenly asked if she had brought her passport with her from Belfast, as a temporary manager was needed on Madeira for four months! Not one to turn down the chance of going overseas, two days later she had landed on this exceptionally beautiful island and instantly fell in love with its variety of scenery and quite unique character.
Dawn returned to Morocco in 1996 this time to Agadir where she met Andy who was working for Inspirations (romance blossomed in Agadir Airport arrivals hall and they got engaged in Morocco). That Spring she was asked to go off to Egypt to work for 9 months in the capacity of manager, based in Luxor but also being responsible for Aswan and Cairo as well as all the Nile Cruises. She also visited Sharm El Sheik several times to research the resort prior to Cosmos starting a programme there in 1997.
Dawn and Andy settled in the UK after their marriage and Dawn worked for a Greek specialist in London in their overseas department. In 1998 Dawn and Andy decided to start Rediscover the World, as they had a wealth of experience abroad and in other capacities in the travel industry. Their aim was to provide a personal tailor-made holiday service - while Andy was busy developing the company Dawn became a Tour Director working with Insight Travel guiding tours around the UK and Ireland as well as working part time helping Andy develop the business. Over the next few years Dawn did some freelance work guiding day breaks to Lapland for specialist operators as well as day breaks by air from the UK to Marrakech, Iceland, Athens, Venice, Vienna, Salzburg, Nuremberg, Latvia and Bergen.
Dawn takes charge of the Lapland enquiries as she has been there many times and loves it. She also supervises our Greek holidays as she has been to many Greek islands over the years and speaks, reads and writes Greek. In the summer Dawn also works as a Tour Director for Globus, taking overseas visitors around Britain and Ireland. In her spare time Dawn enjoys reading & playing the saxophone.
Andy (far right in photo above) is originally from Pontypridd in South Wales and qualified with a degree in Geography and Geology at St Paul's and St Mary's College in Cheltenham before going on to do various qualifications in tourism and leisure management. In the late 1980s and particularly in 1990 he travelled extensively in Morocco, across Europe and into China via the Trans Siberian Railway (and back). He returned to Morocco and managed Marrakech as a resort for an independent tour operator in 1996 (which is where he met Dawn).
From 1994 to 1996 Andy worked mainly in the Ionian Islands of Greece, looking after Ithaca and Lefkas, the mainland resorts of Parga and Sivota and has a huge knowledge of Corfu's quieter resorts.
Back in 1990, as the football World Cup gripped everyone, Andy and his friend from college were undertaking the latest section of their cycling tour of Europe by travelling the whole coast of Croatia (Yugoslavia, as it was then, of course). Much has changed since this time but the intense charm and history of the coastal towns and islands has never diminished. We introduced Croatia to Rediscover in 2005 and have never looked back. Andy has made many visits to Croatia since his college-cycling days and over the years we have added guided coach tours and hiking in this fascinating country.