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Debra Carnahan

Lovely to meet you

With 30 years in the travel industry I would love to have the opportunity to share my experience with you and help you create your holiday dreams, then I also have a corporate side that enjoys the challenges of constructing business itineraries.


My favourite holiday memories

  • Escorting Groups Around the World
    Debra Carnahan Escorting Groups

    Over the last 20 years I have been escorting groups to discover the world.  I have found this very rewarding as we enjoy exploring new destinations together and revisiting favourites. My up-and-coming groups include Australian Open Tennis, A Golden Dynasties Cruise from Hong Kong to Seoul, and also a Mississippi River Cruise in July 2024 and looking at a European adventure in late September/October 2024. 

  • Switzerland
    Debra Carnahan Switzerland

    Anyone for skiing? A great way to explore countries - combining winter and summer in one holiday. I have been lucky enough to ski in Europe, Canada, USA and Japan. A great family holiday and a life time of memories. 

Some of the destinations I have explored

ASIA: Bali, Indonesia | China | Hong Kong | India/Nepal/Bhutan | Japan | Malaysia/Borneo | Singapore | Thailand | Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos
AUSTRALIA: Adelaide, South Australia | Brisbane, Queensland | Darwin/Red Centre | Gold Coast, Queensland | Melbourne, Victoria | Perth/Kimberly, Western Australia | Sunshine Coast, Queensland | Sydney, New South Wales
MIDDLE EAST: Dubai, UAE | Egypt/Jordan | Turkey
NORTH AMERICA: Alaska | Canada | Caribbean | Hawai'i | Mexico | USA
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina | Brazil | Chile
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | New Caledonia | Rarotonga Cook Islands | Samoa | Tahiti | Vanuatu. 
OCEANIA: Chatham Islands
UK/EUROPE: Austria | Belgium | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Germany | Hungary | Ireland | England | France | Italy | Greece | Netherlands | Norway/Finland | Scotland | Spain/Portugal | Switzerland | Turkey | Wales

What my customers have to say

  • Debra hit it out of the ball park again when our student daughter had panic day before visa and flight issues created by embassy officials last week. In one phone call and within one hour, Debra had sourced and ticketed new flights on a new airline, re routed her via the embassy, organised a refund on her orginal flights and still texted our daughter on the day to ensure she had made all the connections and was on her way. Our daughter is so grateful she did not use the internet for her original booking, as the benefits of being able to call Debra and get help were priceless. We highly recommend Upper Riccarton House of Travel and Debra Carnahan.
  • Debra has been very helpful sorting four trips for different reasons . Four long haul travels in 12months. NOT ALL PLANNED, and changes to airlines and flight bookings. She has given time to sort our problems. It's much appreciated
  • I went in and spoke with Debra. She asked me what I wanted and when I wanted to travel. she got onto it straight away and came back within 24 hours with a travel plan and bookings ready for me to confirm. Fantastic service. She asked what we wanted. Looked at options and provided me with a great travel plan. She offered travel insurance but I elected to go with Police Travel Insurance as I am a retired police employee.
  • She works to achieve all our requests for our travels.

Awards & qualifications

  • New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4
  • Blue Lagoon Cruises Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Fiji Specialist
  • New York Destination Expert Training
  • USA Discovery Programme
  • Switzerland Travel Academy