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Whitehead - Tour Guide, - London, UK

Louise Whitehead

London, UK


Tour Guide,

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Work History

Freelance writer

Inspired Writing Solutions

From January 2010

freelance travel writer

Care Free

I chose to leave my role at Uncover the World in early 2010 to establish myself as a freelance travel writer. I write for different clients across various industries but specialise in travel, tourism and real estate, including writing engaging copy and website content, newsletters, blogs and destination guides. Clients include Curve Learning, Encounters Travel, Jetsetters, Uncover the World, Care Free, Athersley Rec Football Club and Travel Index.

Senior Travel Consultant

Uncover the World

January 2008 - January 2010

Responsible for creating and selling tours and managing bookings to completion, I was promoted from Travel Consultant to Senior Travel Consultant within my first 12 months. I liaised with customers and third party suppliers, creating tailor made trips and solving any problems on a daily basis as well as designing and developing tour itineraries for existing destinations, as well as creating itineraries for new ventures such as India.

Press Officer, BBC Leeds


September 2007 - November 2007

Responsibilities included writing press releases and promoting TV shows, Charity events and award shows. Proactively liaising with the BBC Press Officer dealing with the whole of the North of England, my work mostly related to BBC Look North (Yorkshire) and also Look North Humberside although I also worked with Newsnight, Inside Out and Blue Peter, local radio stations and independent local, regional and national media.

Online Travel Coordinator

Online Travel Corporation

April 2005 - June 2005

I wrote and developed holiday packages using an in house computer system that was unique to OTC and its owner, using my Creative Writing skills to make the tours appeal to prospective customers.

Northern Territory

April 2005 - September 2005

including Darwin, Western Australia including Perth
Jun 03 - Oct 03 Extended independent travel throughout India.
Apr 02 - Jun 02 Extended independent travel throughout India.

Data Entry Operative

Inventures Plc

August 2004 - October 2004

Bed Bureau Officer

Pinderfields & Pontefract Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

September 2002 - March 2004

Responsible for the administration and allocation of medical and surgical beds in a large public hospital, I assisted the medical teams when admitting patients both through Accident and Emergency/ GP admissions and also planned elective admissions. I liaised with medical staff, including doctors (both A&E and GP's) and nurses, the Police and hospital management, as well as keeping to strict government deadlines concerning waiting times for patients.

Other work experience

Travel through North America

July 2001 - September 2001

drove from East Coast to West Coast.
Mar 01 - Jun 01 Extended independent travel throughout Asia.
Jun 00 - Oct 00: Working holiday in Canada and Hawaii.
Aug 98 - Dec 98: Working holiday through North America: New York to LA via New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.

Customer Service / B2B telesales

Connect Telecom

January 2000 - August 2000

Sales Executive

Hubert Guy Properties

March 1999 - August 1999

Travel Experience
Oct 06 - Jun 07 Extended travel trip through India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Travel in North America

October 1996 - January 1997

Montreal, Toronto

Qualifications & Certifications

Creative Writing

University of Leeds

English Literature

Wakefield College

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

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