TRAVEL has been Lin’s passion for as long as she can remember ……... After living in numerous places around the UK during her childhood, an Educational Cruise on the SS Nevasa in 1967 with the Fareham Girls Grammar School visiting Spain, Greece and Italy were just the start of her extensive travels, not imagining this school adventure would turn into a ‘lifestyle’ 35 years later with a travel bug which still endures today.
After attending Hotel College in Portsmouth, working her way through various areas of the Leisure Industry in London, Ibiza and locally, the creation of Solent Events & Leisure and Solent Events on Tour, travel was destined to be her lifetime career. Lin now has passion for sharing her amazing experiences with other like-minded adults.
Having experienced some rather horrendous day-trips and holidays in the past, Lin’s vision was to create a top quality, professional service to ensure customers had a totally stress-free and relaxing time from start to finish. She intended to go that extra mile to ensure her customers enjoyed their hard-earned leisure time with a company that was totally reliable and always consistent with an attention to detail.
Her personally organised and escorted Away-Days & Tours took off. Providing couples, friends and especially solo travellers a safe, enjoyable experience with friendly local companions, Lin guarantees that everyone is well looked after and ensures that clients will never be alone – unless they want to be of course!
Solent Events is all about affordable Luxury! Whether it’s a London Theatre Trip, an exciting Away-Day or a memorable Short Break or Holiday her aim is for everyone to have a great time.
Most importantly, for peace of mind and financial protection, all Short Breaks and Holidays are fully bonded with personally selected Tour Operators.
Comfort and convenience are paramount to Lin, so coach pick-ups are from just FOUR easy locations in the Southampton, Gosport & Fareham area, but to save disappointment, non-local clients are always welcome to meet at the airport – normally London Heathrow or Gatwick.
Lin finds that discovering new and varied places to visit an increasing challenge, but loves roaming the Travel Exhibitions, swapping ideas with like-minded travel colleagues and being invited to sample hotels, cruises, locations and attractions with Familiarisation & Educational Trips (FAMs) whenever possible.
Once experienced, most clients return time and time again, so she is delighted when new customers are recommended by existing clients, probably the reason why everyone is so lovely and why she has so many followers to this day. Whether your passion is the theatre, the countryside, historic houses & castles or worldwide travelling, Lin is bound to have something for you.
Lin has also won a well-deserved accolade for her work in travel organising. Winning GROUP TRAVEL ORGANISER OF THE YEAR in 2013 at the NEC, Birmingham was a very proud moment for her. Martin Bayfield, the 6’10” tall ex-England Rugby player and Colin Wilson from top Travel company, Travelsphere, presented Lin with a glass trophy and framed certificate at the annual Awards Evening. Her prize? A fantastic cruise around the Dalmatian Islands of Croatia with her husband, Chris! It was such a wonderful experience that the following year, Lin filled half the ship with her clients and the year after that, she chartered the WHOLE ship!
Lin has now realised that all the hard work put into building Solent Events is truly worthwhile, as when asked about retirement, she replies “there’s a big world to see out there, so I’m assuming that won’t be until I’m unable to get up and down the steps of a coach or take flight on an airplane”! Hopefully that will be years ahead.
With wonderful memories of visits to South Africa, Italy, Cuba, the Galapagos Islands & India in 2019, the tours planned for 2020 – to Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland, Vietnam & Cambodia have all been postponed to 2021 because of the worldwide Coronovirus pandemic. Added to the tours already booked – a New Forest Spa Break, a Scenic Scotland Cruise, China and Cappodocia (Turkey), it’s going to be another very busy year!
Lin is hoping to test her travelling stamina to the bitter end – whilst she is still is fit & healthy and has loads of energy to do so. Obviously YOU are invited to join her and her small groups of intrepid travellers!