Craig has been in the travel industry for almost 15 years, and definitely knows how to create a holiday worth bragging about. Perhaps that’s down to his own FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) so he thoroughly understands clients who suffer from the same thing – as well as FOGTE (Fear of Generic Touristy Experiences). In fact, Luxury, Unique and Bespoke experiences are a particular specialty for him (among a long list of specialist areas), and Italy is one of the countries where he really loves to put his knowledge into action.
Recently one of his clients – a mother and daughter – wanted to do a unique trip through Italy, so Craig organised private touring with access to the Vatican, St Peters Basilica and the Colosseum. His clients were treated to the underground chambers of the Colosseum at night, followed by an amazing rooftop dinner, and said it was the best way to see these sights. No queuing, no waiting, just direct questions and answers from their guide, and exclusive behind the scenes access.
Craig says, “We can even shut down a museum for a private dinner. Just let me know what you want to do and I can usually make it happen. You’ll be amazed at what you can do – and trust me, I’ll have suggestions for most destinations that might never have crossed your mind.”
Another of his favourite destinations is the USA, having travelled to several iconic cities there himself. Naturally, his top picks are New York (five days minimum, he insists – or you’ll regret it!) and New Orleans (amazing southern food, culture and music). Chicago is on his must-do-soon list, given its world-leading reputation for architecture and art. And even though the US itself has a huge array of experiences, if you have time, Craig recommends adding on Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada or a cruise – after all, if you’re already in the neighbourhood…
From luxury river cruising down the Mekong, enjoying delicious local food served family style, to a VIP experience laying a wreath at the Menin Gate in Ypres for the Last Post, Craig loves nothing more than finding his clients truly amazing experiences that you’ll be bragging about for years to come. (And he has his own store of amazing experiences too. Just ask him about that time in Aswan.)
For the holiday of a lifetime, every time, get in touch with Craig.
We have had the pleasure of dealing with Craig for all our travel arrangements since 2014, initially through the Flight Centre and latterly at Travel Associates. During that time, he has organised many trips and adventures for us.
Craig’s experience and knowledge has proved invaluable to us and his assistance in helping us find the perfect places to visit is much appreciated. He is truly passionate and excited about travelling and this enthusiasm is contagious. Craig has spent considerable time with us, providing copious amounts of material and inside information in order for us to plan the perfect trips. Nothing is too much trouble for Craig; he is always accessible, upbeat and a pleasure to deal with.
Craig confronts issues head-on and has gone into battle on our behalf more than once to secure refunds from airlines due to cancellations and to address poor service from one of his suppliers. We are looking forward to working on our travel arrangements for 2019, and the years to come, with Craig.
It is timely for us to speak in the strongest of terms, regarding a member of your team, Craig Martin.
He is the consummate professional, needless to say our travel consultant of choice, something we value and certainly don’t take for granted. The level of professionalism and enthusiasm he brings to the task is exceptional.
We are mindful the travel industry has been hit particularly hard this year. We all have in various measures.
In spite of this, Craig, using considerate acumen intuition and patience, managed to negotiate what could have been a five figure loss of travel expenses to within a very acceptable sum.
He has restored our confidence to travel widely and to continue to use The Flight Centre/Travel Associates for our travel plans.
We cannot thank him enough.
I have travelled a lot over the past 10 years and Craig has always been my go-to for much of my travel – he has handled much of my international travel (holidays and work trips) and has been particularly outstanding for complex travel and travel that needs a real knowledge of the travel industry. He takes a lot of the stress and organising out of the travel.
He has consistently been stunning. He is passionate and knowledgeable about travel, has integrity in how he operates and goes out of his way to help me on my trips and especially when issues arise. I rely on him when I am overseas and need a travel change/advice. His support for continuing to update, adjust and rework my travel itineraries during covid has been invaluable. Nothing is too much for him.
I would highly recommend Craig for travel advice, bookings and support.