Hi, my name is Mel B, short for Melinda Buterin and welcome to my profile! I am a Personal Travel Manager based in Annandale, Sydney and would like to introduce myself and let you know a bit about me and also what I can offer you with over 20 years of knowledge and background, working in the Travel Industry.
Travel is such an important aspect in my life and always has been, right from an early age. My mother got that ball rolling with her crazy and passionate personality, full of love and excitement for travel, the outdoors & of course her Hungarian cooking! With this came a love for nature, wildlife & caring for the environment which is quite often the cornerstone when putting together my own personal holidays as well as the itineraries I put together for my clients.
There is a quote I read recently, I think kind of sums me up: “I am inspired by music, travel, great architecture and good healthy food. I look for opportunities to learn about history, art and cooking. When I learn, I grow”. I will always explore those hidden places, beautiful beaches, lakes and waterfalls and will hike to the top of a hill for the most spectacular view.
When I am not travelling, you will find me surrounded by my awesome kids & Charlie, our liver spotted Dalmatian who also calls me “Mom”. Theres a husband that fits in there somewhere too with whom I enjoy cycling, visiting art galleries and when I find any free time, I take Piano lessons & love experiencing & learning new skills, so you’ll quite often find me at a local cooking school or painting class.
As an accredited travel agent, I am licensed to assist in all areas of travel. I have travelled to over 25 countries and have countless more I’d love to explore!
Travelling and working in this industry from the age of 20 and first travelling on my own, as a Solo Traveller, then as a couple, on to raising three gorgeous children & now adapting again as they are all teenagers, has given me a chance to learn more myself and our family. I can offer first hand experience & advice on how to avoid the hiccups that surprise us when we travel. When you get a chance, read one of my blogs as I love sharing our travel stories & photos.
In addition to travel, life & work experience, I hold a Diploma in Travel & Tourism – Business Management and have completed multiple other certificates related to the industry. I have worked in numerous stores starting back to Traveland, Hello World, Corporate Travel & Encounter Travel – Solo Traveller Specialists.
AREAS THAT I HAVE RECENTLY VISITED: Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Hong Kong, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Domestic cruising and more
Ares of Speciality
I have travelled extensively and the knowledge I have gained is a priceless commodity that sets my service aside from others. Helping people experience all of the adventures that life has to offer is something that I am very grateful to call my career. It’s something that I am passionate about and enjoy wholeheartedly. I have found some of the key aspects when helping friends and clients with their travel needs is listening and asking the right questions. Doing my research and reading as much as I can about pretty much everything related to travel and our world. I have a wealth of experience in many areas in the travel industry, including Retail, Corporate, Wholesale and Managing. I am more than happy to look after your small getaway or that once in a lifetime holiday. Whether you are organising your Honeymoon or family vacation, I can offer some great advice, tips, or exclusive travel deals and if you are wanting to travel with your favourite furry friend, I am all yours.
Alternatively, if you are in need of any corporate travel arrangements, I can offer advice on airlines, airport lounges, and make sure your check in is as smooth as possible. As your Personal Travel Manager, you can pretty much contact me any time, day or night as I am happy to take the ease and stress out of your last-minute bookings or changes. Need advice on hotels, memberships, or require annual insurance? Just send me your profile and I will take the hassle out of organising your next business trip.
Phone: 0422 525 582
Melinda is passionate about everything to do with travel. She has been looking after all of my travel bookings for the last 20 years and am very proud of her and would recommend her to everyone.
Mel booked my honeymoon to the Maldives with a Singapore layover (a suggestion on her behalf as I’ve never visited there before). She looked after us the whole way through, making sure we had all our vouchers for flights and accommodation and even going the extra mile by surprising us with a honeymoon special at both hotels! I highly recommend booking through itravel with Mel and I cannot wait for her to help me plan my next trip to Egypt!! Thank you for a great experience!
“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Melinda as a travel specialist. I have known Melinda for more than ten years and she recently worked together with me to book our yearly family holiday. I was extremely impressed with Melinda’s professional, knowledgeable and friendly service. Melinda takes great pride in delivering a high quality service and works hard to provide travel advice to ensure that your experience is exciting and memorable. I have no hesitation in recommending Melinda to friends, colleagues or anyone looking to book their next travel adventure.”
Can’t thank Mel enough! She was amazing to deal with, super fast at getting back to me, and so accommodating with my endless questions. Easily the most helpful travel agent we have ever had the pleasure of doing business with, not to mention friendly. Thank you so much Mel, I look forward to planning our next trip with you.