Meet our team of Travel Professionals - The Destination Lounge

Our team of travel professionals have a combined knowledge of a wealth of destinations across the globe, so when you come to The Destination Lounge to book your next trip, you'll be drawing on the first hand experience and contacts to make your holiday just right.


Jake Goodenough

Director & Travel Professional

Jake has worked in travel agencies since before he left school - starting in the agency which is now our own Ilfracombe branch unpacking brochures on Saturdays in return for credits towards a holiday which he used to jet off to The Dominican Republic shortly after his 16th birthday which started a love affair with the Caribbean and travel in general. Jake has travelled extensively in not just the Caribbean, but across the world. Now a parent, he is having to discover the delights of family friendly resorts rather than adult only hideaways but is enjoying seeing the world through new eyes and from different perspectives.


Ian Goodenough


Ian’s background is design and marketing, after spending many years at local advertising agency Bray Leino. After forming The Destination Lounge with Husband Jake, he left to take up the mantle of director, responsible for marketing and finance. Quite a learning curve. Since those formative years, he is proud to see how the business has steadily grown into its current form – with excitement at where it might grow next!


Nicola Yeo

Branch Manager & Travel Professional

With 32 years industry experience Nicola has visited over 40 different countries and worked in many cities across the globe!  She loves all the flavours and cultures of the Far East and has walked the Great Wall of China, hiked Mount Fuji in Japan and travelled the length of the Indonesian Archipelago!  Her favourite Islands are the Fijian Islands in the South Pacific and the most fascinating countries that she has visited are Israel and Brazil.


Caitlin Richardson

Travel Professional

Caitlin has been in the travel industry since 2014. She says she loves her job and providing the perfect holidays for our customers worldwide. She has travelled to lots places already and looks forward to travelling to many more. Some of her favourite destinations are; Disneyland Paris, Amsterdam, Egypt, The Greek Islands and Costa Dorada.


Julia Coats

Branch Manager & Travel Professional

Julia started in travel straight from school at the age of 16 and has over 24 years experience in the Industry. She has travelled extensively in Europe on both family holidays and city breaks and her areas of expertise include Ski, Cruising and Canada; she also enjoys creating bespoke tailor made itineraries to far flung destinations such as Chile, Costa Rica,South Africa and Asia. Favourite destinations include The Greek islands, Italy, The Balearic Islands and New York. Julia has recently returned from a trip to Grenada and this has re-kindled her love of the Caribbean and she is already planning a return visit!!


Katie Cunningham

Travel Professional

Katie has been working in Travel for 15 years. After a year of backpacking around Australia she found a love for travel so came back to the UK and started work as travel consultant. Since that first big trip she has since taken another year out to travel and has been lucky enough to have visited over 40 destinations. She has had many different experiences from bungee jumping to sipping Champagne and sailing down the Amazon.


Hayley Corkell

Branch Manager & Travel Professional

Hayley says that she feels so lucky to have travelled so extensively - the world has always been her oyster! Canada is a second home to her and definitely one of her favourite countries in the world. She loves making our clients travel dreams come true, and hope she can share some of her experience & knowledge with you all in the future!


Kelly Burton

Travel Professional

Kelly says she has been lucky enough to travel across many European countries. When she was 19 years old she lived in Finland for a year and has extension knowledge of the country, the people and the customs. Her children have been to Lapland to visit Father Christmas and love the country as much as she does!


Who are we?

The Destination Lounge has been sending clients to holiday destinations across the globe since 2006.
We're an independant company offering our experience to couples, families and single travelers from Aberdeen to Penzance (and beyond) - but because we're a member of The Advantage Travel Partnership we have access to large and small suppliers which means we can hunt out the best deals on your holidays without being tied down to a limited Tour Operator list, like some major high street agents.

We can offer you holidays and experiences from all over the world, but we really enjoy putting together tailor-made itineraries and dream holidays to luxury Islands in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean. Our team have travelled extensively around the world so we can give you plenty of first hand knowledge from our personal experience - which is always reasuring.

Of course, we're always looking for the next hot spot to visit!

Over the years we've been successful in winning several awards for our work such as multiple awards from Sandals & Beaches resorts - including Top UK Agent. That's something we're very proud of!

Big Blue Marble Limited

Our growth in recent years led to us forming a new limited company to call our own. That company is called 'Big Blue Marble Limited' - we thought it was a good name as that's often how Planet Earth is referred to when seen from space!

Why Book with The Destination Lounge?

Our team of Travel Professionals are full of travel ideas and inspiration, but if you want to make a quick holiday booking our website is just the right place...

  • Loved Locally, respected nationally
  • ABTA Bonded for financial protection
  • Small team of Travel Professionals
  • Combined experience of hundreds of destinations
  • Price-match policy to help save you money
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