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Lifetime career in Travel

History

Andy's travel career - began at Thomas Cooks' HQ in London, then via airline work (BEA) and continental coach driving to a more humble role as self-employed landscape gardener which, thankfully, provided the van transport for his first trip from England to Australia (picture previous page).


In 1968 at age 26 Andy bought retiring Sydney Albion bus No 2004, named it ALBERT and added "London" to the destination blind. Thus began the first of fifteen fantastic trans-global adventures including four across Australia.

ALBERT pioneered an all-season service between London and Calcutta until 1976 when political unrest in Iran closed the road. Parting from his faithful bus Andy returned to Australia to find new work in tourism and hospitality.

The travel agency he and his wife established in South Australia flourished and soon group tours were again being organised to all corners of the world.

Before returning from one UK tour in 2002 Andy found a very sad ALBERT in the care of others who dreamed of returning the bus to its' former glory.

It took another seven years before the old bus was offered back to Andy to restore. A huge challenge - but also a chance to complete a dream.

So the final trip . . . Adventure 16 . . . returned ALBERT . . . to Australia!


clips . . . from some of Andy's escorted groups and tour flyers . . .

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Updated from Adelaide Sep 26 2017 | andy@andystewart.com.au

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