Hi! We’re Tara & Lucinda and ten years ago our paths crossed in a travel office in Sydney creating a beautiful friendship and uncovering a shared love of quoting cult film lines …“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller circa 1986!
We’ve been selling (and travelling) the world for what seems like forever, having both worked for over 20 years for large retail travel agencies and smaller niche wholesalers alike, both in Australia and abroad. You could say we were poster children for working holiday visas! Our years of working in the travel industry led us to the realisation that if you didn’t fit the norm of the mass traveller then the doors of some destinations felt closed to you. So we got thinking, how could we offer trips to those who didn’t quite match the brochure photo? We needed to break through the marketing stereotypes surrounding certain destinations, bump aside their ‘typical’ traveller and entice new types of travellers to these destinations. We wanted to enable people to share their interests & passions with others, whilst enjoying a new holiday destination, by offering themed, small group trips.
So we pooled our talents, our resources, our connections, our experience and most importantly, our passion for travel, and created Travel & Tonic. Travelling has always been our tonic, our remedy for the stresses that can creep in to our ‘everyday’ … if your mind jumped straight to thinking the name was related to a Gin & Tonic well that’s fine by us too as many a brilliant plan has been conceived over a shared G&T somewhere in the world!
Our passions are often our tonic so combining them with a holiday is a perfect fit!
Our destinations are close to our heart – we know them intimately and have tried and tested them all for you! They are places that are often marketed to a certain norm and we love opening them up to a new type of visitor.
We are independent & not affiliated with any particular hotel chain, ensuring our holiday itineraries are created to offer the best possible experience, not for kickbacks! We align ourselves with local partners who share the same vision as us, working closely together to give you an authentic and extraordinary holiday. Our experience & connections in the industry allow us access to the best possible deals in the market.
We are an Australian owned and operated travel company and all prices on our website are in Australian dollars. Whilst we’re not a multi-national, we remain cosmopolitan with Tara currently based in our Sydney office and Lucinda in France.
We’re constantly rethinking and reshaping the way we like to travel and we’d love to hear from you to help you change your travel horizons.