Donna & Trixie

Donna took over the business four years ago, but has worked at Avista Travel for a total of twelve years.  Prior to working at Avista Travel, Donna worked at TV Travel Shop & Lunn Poly – making a total of 19 years in the travel industry.

Over the past few years Donna and her family have discovered cruising and have been on six cruises, to date, with Royal Caribbean, Disney, P&O.  Her most recent trip was to visit the Norwegian Fjords on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.

Despite Donna not being particularly keen on flying, in the past few years she has also visited Mauritius & Florida!   Cala d’Or & Puerto Pollensa in Majorca are Donna’s all-time favourite beach destinations and Barcelona & Rome top the list of the family’s favourite cities.  Closer to home the family have enjoyed a number of Hoseasons luxury lodges in the UK.

Donna and her husband, Adrian, got married in Barbados so she’s well placed to help the couples who book their weddings and honeymoons through the company’s Brides and Beaches website.

Trixie is our newest team member and is already proving very popular with customers visiting Avista Travel.  Sonateeka’s High Chance, as she’s also known, was very excited to meet Prince Charles on his recent visit to Clitheroe.  Unfortunately, he didn’t book a holiday but she did lick the royal visitors’ hands!  Trixie comes to work most days with her mummy, Donna, who owns the business.

Donna’s always connected to her email, even when she’s not in the office, and may be contacted on



Sam started her career as a travel agent straight after leaving school.  Many Clitheroe locals recognise her, as has been sat in the window of our Castle Street premises since the start of the millennium!  She has many loyal customers who have, over the years, become friends and come to her for advice on all matters related to travel.  Her “regulars” often pop in just to say hello or join her for cuppa and a natter.

2016 was a special year for Sam, as she celebrated her 8th birthday….  Not only was she born on a very special day (the 29th February – in case you thought the above was a misprint) she also has a twin brother, Simon.

This year Sam has been lucky enough to have visited Orlando, Miami & Ft. Lauderdale on a familiarisation trip.  Her annual jaunt with her friends took her on a narrowboat on the Cheshire Ring – they enjoyed barging so much they have booked again for next year.  She has also been to Barbados, which has been added to her list of favourite places, along with Mauritius & Egypt.

Given her choice of career, it’s no surprise Sam loves travel….  Dubai & the Maldives are high on her “must see” list.

Wherever in the world you would like to visit, call in for some friendly advice from Sam, email or call 01200 422975.



Trish has worked for Avista Travel since 2002, when the business first opened its doors in Barrowford.  She’s become a firm favourite with Clitheroe locals since the business transferred here five years ago.

In total, Trish has worked as a travel agent for 30 years and has first-hand experience of many of the destinations we sell.  Anyone who knows “our Trisha” will know Mauritius is her favourite place in the world (which is handy as we also operate having been there eleven times.  Such is her passion for the island she once – quite easily – convinced a couple to get married in Mauritius who were originally considering Europe!

When not in Mauritius, Trish spends her time trying to get her hands on Anthony Hopkins film premier tickets….   She’s a huge fan and has met him a number of times and has followed him to the Venice Film Festival & the BAFTA’s.

Trish’s latest trip, this September, was to the Maldives and Dubai and she’s off to Mexico very soon.  In previous years she’s also squeezed in trips to America, Thailand, St. Vincent, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia & South Africa.  Wherever she goes, Trish likes to live the high life – last year she went star spotting at the Ivy in Santa Monica & saw Serena Williams at the US Open.

If you fancy being a jet setter like Trisha, she knows all “the” places to go!  Give her a call on 01200 422975 or email

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Introducing our latest member of staff, Trish. Joining us from Althams, Trisha has a wealth of experience in the travel industry and has fitted into the expanding team perfectly.

Having nearly 20 years experience working in travel across East Lancashire, means you may well recognise her face when you pass by the shop. Trish’s favourite holiday destinations are Greece and the Far East so it just adds to the hundreds of destinations that between us we have visited.

Trish has been renamed Mary in the office to help avoid any confusion with our other Trish as Trish2 just didn’t sound right! We do still giggle when she answers the phone though…

You may well hear from Trisha/Mary to let you know your tickets have arrived or that your balance is due as she handles most of the offices administration. In the busy day to day running of the shop she helps keep the team organised and checks over all the important paperwork, chasing up suppliers on your behalf, taking the stress and worry out of planning a holiday. We love how on the ball she is and that her sense of humour has fit in perfectly with the rest of the crazy gang!


Nicola started her career as a travel agent at Airtours, over 20 years ago, and has since worked in various areas of the industry including airlines, hotels & cottages.

She is responsible for the websites and marketing, but she enjoys going back to her roots and helping out when the shop is busy.  She is like a dog with a bone when it comes to challenging enquiries – if it’s out there Nicola will find it!  She particularly enjoys discovering a luxury bargain.

Nic loves to travel and likes somewhere a bit “different” – China, India & Guatemala are amongst her favourite destinations and Russia is top of her bucket list.  She’s also visited Borneo, Mexico, Kenya & Egypt.  More recently, as her husband no longer likes flying, she’s visited Croatia, Portugal, France and Spain with her 8 year old daughter, Lucy, and her parents!

Alongside her part time role at Avista Travel Nic is the UK representative for two, award-winning, 5* luxury hotels in Cyprus – Columbia Beach Resort & Londa Boutique Hotel.