Our Amazing Team

Team Utopia - With over 100 years of combined expertise, we can help you find your Utopia!


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Greg Mangos

Director

Years in the travel industry? 20 years

Years with Travel Utopia?  13 years

Background in the travel industry? 7 years at Flight Centre as consultant & manager + 13 years at Travel Utopia as owner

Favorite destination?  Lord Howe Island & Sun Peaks Canada

Countries visited:  Not enough! All states of Australia, NZ, Fiji, Tahiti, USA/Canada east & west, Ireland, England, Scotland, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, UAE, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia (Bali).

Cruise ships sailed on? Celebrity Solstice

Cruise or fly?     Fly (and turn left!)

Beach or city?    Beach

Summer or Winter? Autumn! OK OK winter – especially a white Christmas! 

What are three things still left on your bucket list?          

  1. Witness the Aurora Borealis 
  2. See a Spirit Bear in Canada
  3. Sit/stand/sing in the Kop at a Liverpool game at Anfield with my son Harry.

What do you enjoy outside of work? The great outdoors with my family, especially boating on our beautiful local waterways in summer and skiing majestic mountains anywhere in the world in winter!

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Ryan Dowling

Director

Years in the travel industry? 18 years

Years with Travel Utopia?  11 years

Background in the travel industry?  7 years at Flight Centre as consultant & manager + 11 years at Travel Utopia as owner

Favorite destination?  Canada

Countries visited:  38 – Most of Western and some of Eastern Europe, Egypt, South Africa, Canada, USA, , Thailand, Saba, Indonesia, NZ, Pacific Islands

Cruise ships sailed on? Celebrity Solstice, Carnival Spirit/Legend, P&O Pacific Jewel, Pacific Dawn

Cruise or fly?     Fly

Beach or city?    Beach

Summer or Winter? Winter

What are three things still left on your bucket list?          

  1. Learn “properly” to play the guitar
  2. Visit the Mayan ruins in Mexico.
  3. Fish for fresh salmon in Alaska and cook it myself. 

What do you enjoy outside of work? Tennis, skiing/snowboarding, the outdoors and enjoying it all with my family

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Ashley McGrath

Travel Consultant

Years in the travel industry? 9 years

Years with Travel Utopia? 2 years

Background in the travel industry?  Started my career in coach holidays at the age of 16 in year 11 part time, became a Travel Consultant at 17, went into the Cruise Wholesale side of the industry for 2 years, came back to been a consultant! 

Favorite destination? Banff, Canada

Countries visited: 12: New Zealand (3 times), New Caledonia, Fiji (Twice), Bali, Japan, Singapore, UK, France, Italy, Greece, Canada and USA.

Cruise ships sailed on? Pacific Jewel, Diamond Princess, Sea Princess, Carnival Spirit, Celebrity Solstice, Voyager of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, MV Arcadia. 

Cruise or fly?     Fly 

Beach or city?    Beach

Summer or Winter?  Summer 

What are three things still left on your bucket list?          

  1. Visit Tahiti and stay in an overwater bungalow
  2. Stay at the Atlantis Resort in Dubai or Bahamas
  3. Buy a Horse

What do you enjoy outside of work?Horse Riding, Netball and spending time with my Hubby finishing our new house. 

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Fiona O'Dowd

Travel Consultant

Years in the travel industry?  32 years

Years with Travel Utopia?  7 months

Background in the travel industry?     I worked for years in the fares and ticketing area of the travel industry issuing tickets and working for a few airlines before moving across to retail. The majority of my time has been in the retail travel Industry. 

Favorite destination?    I have many favorite destinations each destination is unique in its own way.

Countries visited:   Singapore, Bali, Malaysia , Vietnam, Japan, USA, Canada, Hawaii, Bahamas UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungry, Luxemburg, Belgium and United Arab Emirates

Cruise ships sailed on?   Scenic Jewel river cruise and Avalon

Cruise or fly?    Cruise or I prefer to fly unless I am doing a small boutique boat and I can still see land.

Beach or city?    City

Summer or Winter?  Both!

What are three things still left on your bucket list?  

  1. Canadian Rocky Mountaineer
  2.  Africa 
  3. Jordan

What do you enjoy outside of work? Spending time with my family.

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Kelly Taylor

Travel Manager

Years in the travel industry?  12 years

Years with Travel Utopia?   7 years

Background in the travel industry?    

Flight Centre Consultant and Manager  + Travel Utopia for the last 7 years as consultant and marketing manager

Favorite destination?    Switzerland

Countries visited:   Thailand, Indonesia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, UK, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands, USA (including Hawaii), Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Italy, Lichtenstein, Belgium, Netherlands, Greece, Czech Republic, Vanuatu, New Caledonia

Cruise ships sailed on?  P &O, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean 

Cruise or fly?     Fly 

Beach or city?    Both!

Summer or Winter? I prefer Spring or Autumn actually!

What are three things still left on your bucket list?          

  1. Africa (Safari through Kruger National Park)
  2. Alaska inside passage cruise
  3. Japan  

What do you enjoy outside of work? Family time with my husband and two children, Group fitness classes, hot coffee, time at any day spa, reading, watching old sitcoms on repeat