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Glyn Stead

Glyn Stead

Sales Director
Getaway Travel Whitby

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My introduction to travel started 45 years ago when I was offered a position with Thomson Holidays in the sales department working my way up to the grand title which I still remember today as ‘Cruising Commercial Executive’.

I left Thomson Holidays in 1978 and opened a very successful Travel agency in Tyneside but my roots were in Yorkshire. When the opportunity arose to buy an existing travel agency in Whitby I jump at the chance of being able to move back home.

So in 1980 my wife Anne (we met when we both worked at Thomson Holidays) set up in partnership and took over Getaway Travel…. a week later we were married at St Marys Church on the East Cliff.

My passion for travelling is limitless, I love visiting different parts of the World and have built up a vast knowledge of countries, hotels, sights and cultures which I love to discuss with clients. Nothing beats first-hand experience when it comes to recommendations.

I am often asked where is the best place you’ve ever been to……I could answer Whitby but I enjoy many different places for many different reasons. Mauritius for total relaxation in beautiful hotels. Vietnam for amazing sights and to see how the country has pulled itself together after the terrible war. Outer Mongolia for a completely different culture change (I went on the first ever package holiday to Ulan Bator). Alaska for majestic and magnificent scenery. Italy for the historic sights lovely people the wine and not least the food. New Zealand as it reminded me of England in the 60’s and 70’s a great place with such diverse attractions. The Greek Islands for their sheer beauty and laid back attitude of the local people.

I also love cruising and Anne and I just enjoy being able to relax on deck reading a book and going to different places without packing and unpacking our bags. Probably the most memorable cruise was crossing the Pacific Ocean calling at Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati and Hawaii. The most unique experience was flying on Concorde to Barbados and cruising back to the UK on-board QE2.