Meet the GoHop Team
For genuine, first-hand knowledge of countless holiday destinations spanning every continent,
talk to our GoHop.ie team today.
While kayaking in Maui, Jennifer had a close encounter with a whale, but she lived to tell the tale and now she works with us. Jen is a self-confessed travel addict and has been to a long list of destinations including most of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, Cuba, Kenya, Dubai, and even Antarctica.
Jennifer has skydived in Australia, paraglided in New Zealand, and she loves planning holidays and honeymoons to the Far East.
Japan & Antarctica
A Cork native, Deborah has been working in the travel industry for nearly 15 years. She has travelled extensively throughout the USA including New York, Orlando and Las Vegas, as well as visiting several European destinations such as Croatia, Montenegro, the Algarve, much of Spain and the Canaries
Italy is the destination closest to Deborah’s heart, particularly after having spent her honeymoon along the Sorrento Coast. She enjoys nothing more than sharing her passion for her experiences, particularly when it comes to cruise holidays and romantic getaways.
Italy, New York
Paul hails from Co. Kilkenny, having worked in the travel industry for over 10 years he has a passion for travelling that has so far taken him to 66 countries, making him a wealth of knowledge when it comes to our most exotic destinations, including India, Australia and much of South America to name a few!
One of the most unique travel experiences, he says, has to be his recent trip to Uganda, where he spent time deep in the jungle with a family of mountain gorillas – truly a once in a lifetime experience. Paul also lists trips to Thailand and much of South East Asia, Everest Base Camp in Nepal, Bolivia and Easter Island among his favourites, and he loves organising trips of a lifetime to these unique destinations for our customers.
Argentina, Thailand & Botswana
Orla has been working in the travel industry for over 10 years. She's lived in Australia and Canada, and travelled Europe, New Zealand, Peru, Morocco, Thailand, and all around the US. An avid cyclist who loves the outdoors, Orla has completed the Camino in Spain, followed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and spent two nights deep in the Amazon Rainforest.
Orla offers great advice on American holidays, and loves planning honeymoons to the Indian Ocean Islands.
Orlando & Peru
Joanne has been working in the travel industry for over 9 years, in which time she’s made it her mission to visit a range of exotic destinations.
Her favourite travel experience to date has been a visit to the breath-taking Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania.
An expert on all things long haul, Joanne loves helping our customers create their perfect tailor-made itineraries, and next on her own list is a trip to South Africa to take in the sights of Cape Town and the Garden Route.
Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Mongolia, Northern India, Sri Lanka, Maldives
Born in Namibia and having lived in South Africa, Andre is our expert on safari and all things African. Having begun his travels in 1989, Andre has since seen East and Southern Africa, India, the Middle East, the Indian Ocean Islands, the USA, Hong Kong and much of Europe.
Andre’s skydived in Cape Town, cage dived with sharks in Gansbaai, and climbed Kilimanjaro twice. Although he says his travel bucket list is getting longer rather than shorter.
Tanzania, Sri Lanka & Hong Kong
Michael is our "Mr South America," and manages GoHop.ie’s sister company Nuevo Mundo. Having lived in Spain for two years, he speaks fluent Spanish and has a love of Latin culture. He’s worked in travel for 11 years, and in that time he’s zip-lined in the Chilean Andes, hang-glided over Rio De Janeiro and stayed with indigenous peoples of both the Amazon Rainforest and Panama.
Michael is very well-travelled in South and Central America, so your holidays are always in safe hands.
Colombia & Chile
Cancun & Sorrento in Italy
Sue is our Caribbean expert, and has been working in the travel industry for over 18 years. She first fell in love with the Caribbean in 2004 when she visited St Lucia and Antigua, and she loves planning trips to Jamaica and Aruba (her favourite island).
A total water baby, Sue loves anything sail or scuba orientated, and has climbed Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica. Sue says that her favourite thing about the Caribbean is waking up to the beautiful white sands and turquoise sea – there’s nothing like it! Next on her list is zip-lining in Antigua or climbing the Pitons in St Lucia!
As half of our Cuba Travel team, Dave has worked in the travel industry for over 30 years and has been to Cuba numerous times. He is our go-to guy on anything to do with Cuba, and sometimes we like to quiz him on the Dominican Republic too.
Dave is a big fan of the Caribbean – who isn’t? – and holidays involving lots of cycling.
Italy & Caribbean
Ben is our reservations manager, and team leader and has been working in travel for over 15 years. In that time, he's travelled all over the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Thailand, Singapore, Dubai, Australia, and to countless European cities. He’s camped in the Australian outback and Californian desert, and tasted some seriously strange eats while travelling, including crocodile meat.
Ben loves seeing new places, but would never live abroad as he believes the best thing about travelling is coming home.
California & Cuba