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Jo Beddard

Lovely to meet you

I've been involved in travel for over 30 years.  It's more than a job it's a way of life for me!  I've visited close to 90 countries and I love using my experiences to help others plan an amazing trip away.


My favourite holiday memories

  • San Fransisco
    San Fransisco Jo Beddard

    You can't visit San Francisco and not take a tram ride, a great way to see the city.

  • China
    Chengdu China

    Wanted to bring a panda home from China, but doubt the Government over there would be very happy with that!

  • USA
    USA Jo Beddard

    Bryce Canyon is easily one of the most amazing places I've ever visited. The colours are simply amazing.

  • Vietnam
    Vietnam Jo Beddard

    A cyclo is the very best way to experience a city, you really get the smells and sounds you don't get on a bus!

  • Italy
    Italy Jo Beddard

    The small villages along the stunning Cinque Terre are picture postcard perfect. 

  • Coach Travel
    Coach Travel Jo Beddard

    I worked for 3 years as a tour guide in Europe so there's not too many main spots in Europe I've not been to. I know the best places to get gelato in Italy, macarons in Paris and custard tarts in Lisbon!

  • Cruises
    Cruises Jo Beddard

    I worked on a cruise ship and travelled through the Mediterranean, Norway, the Baltics and the Caribbean. I have also done a number of cruises as a passenger so am very familiar with the ins and outs of cruising. 

  • Canada & Alaska
    Canada & Alaska

    Cruising the Inside Passage in Alaska is a great way to get up close and personal with the glaciers as well seeing the lovely old gold mining towns along the way.

  • Africa
    Africa Jo Beddard

    I have escorted groups to Canada & Alaska 4 times now and know the very best places to visit and what are must see things in Western Canada and on an Alaskan cruise. Cruising by a pod of orca is a highlight I will never forget. 

  • Iguassu Falls
    Iguassu Falls

    The Iguassu Falls have to be seen to be believed, amazing from every angle!

Creating better holidays 

Whatever your travel dreams, I will work with you to create the best holiday possible. The holidays I specialise in include:

  • Skiing
  • Adventure
  • Coach Touring
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Couples Travel
  • Family Travel
  • Group Travel
  • Luxury Travel
  • Road Trips
  • Safaris
  • Solo Travel

My travel passions

Africa -Having visited Africa 3 separate times, I have a real passion for all sorts of types of travel in Africa.  I've experienced lots of different way of travelling right from Overland trucks to 5* lodges.

Europe - I spent 3 years working as a tour guide in Europe so have been to the likes of Paris, Rome, Venice, Amsterdam etc around 40 times!  I can tell you the best place to get gelato in Rome, the best stained glass windows to see in Paris, why you should visit the interior of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and some great shopping places in most cities.

South America- Having travelled to South America a few times I've experienced lots this fascinating continent has to offer.

San Francisco- I love San Francisco and can tell you about getting around on public transport and the best places to stay and why a visit to Alcatraz is a must!

Where I have travelled to

AFRICA: Botswana/Namibia | South Africa | Zimbabwe/Zambia/Mozambique
ASIA: China | Hong Kong | Singapore | Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos
AUSTRALIA: Brisbane | Gold Coast | Hobart, Tasmania |  Melbourne, Victoria | Sydney, New South Wales
MIDDLE EAST: Dubai, UAE | Egypt/Jordan | Turkey
NORTH AMERICA: Alaska | Canada | Caribbean | Mexico | USA
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Peru 
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | Rarotonga, Cook 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

  • Jo was a great fun loving tour leader, making sure we were in the right place at the right time. If anything was amiss she was quickly on the job, putting it right.
  • Jo is an excellent tour escort, very thoughtful and caring.
  • Jo was a great escort - would do more tours if she was the Tour Escort.
  • Jo was an excellent escort. Always well organised and great company to travel with.

My travel stories

Postcard from Africa

Was fascinating watching a leopard come out of nowhere and take down an impala meters away from our vehicle!  Out guide who had worked in Africa for 4 years had never seen a leopard kill, so we were definitely in the right place at the right time. 

Awards & qualifications

  • New Zealand Certificate in Tourism Level 3
  • New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4