Heading down under? Better try this Holliday | VailDaily.com

Heading down under? Better try this Holliday

Cliff Thompson
Preston Utley/Vail Daily Rosie Holliday of Holliday Adventures specializes in travels to Australia and New Zealand.

EAGLE-VAIL – It’s just getting to be autumn down under in Australia and New Zealand. That’s something to think about if you’re getting ready to travel there, said Rosie Holliday. She’s one of only three Coloradans who was selected as an Aussie Specialist Premier Agent by Tourism Australia.Born on a sheep station 500 miles southwest of Sydney, Holiday moved to Eagle County in 1976 to ski for a season. She decided to stay and has worked extensively as a travel agent with Overland and Express, which she remains affiliated with, and now with her own company, Holliday Adventures. She specializes in adventure travel – kayaking, trekking, biking – in Australia and New Zealand.”Being from that country give you a edge,” she said, adding that while the Internet can be helpful, it often has too much information.

“People can get bogged down,” she said. “Cheapest is not always best. It behooves people to use an expert because it saves time and money. I can give people the vacation they’re interested in.”Holliday said she’s finding people here like to take vacations that involved more than just roasting on some tropical beach.”People are more active these days,” she said.There is no expense to booking trips with her, she said. That’s taken care of by the hotels and other services she books.Australia is a big country. It’s the same size as the continental U.S. but has less than one-tenth the population.

The residents of Eagle County, Holliday has found, travel pretty extensively.”People are e on the move,” she said. “Travel certainly has come back since 911.”She should know. She travels down under twice a year to visit her parents and to research new destinations and to keep current on travel trends.She hasn’t decided which part of Australia she likes the best, but said she like the eastern coast or northern New South Wales between Sydney and Brisbane. But there are a lot of nice places in Australia.

“They’re all so different,” she said.Holliday works out of her Eagle-Vail home. She and her husband Dallas have a 17 year-old son.Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado

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