A WOMAN in Abergele will soon open the town’s “only travel agency”.

Donna Grasby will launch Travelosophers by Donna, on Bridge Street (next to The Butty Box), on Friday, July 19.

After years in the travel industry as a homeworker for Hays Travel, Donna joined Travelosophers last September, giving her the chance to provide her clients with more opportunities.

She plans for her travel agency to be a “one-stop shop” and a “comfortable space” for clients.


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Donna said: “Travelosophers means I make packages myself, and one of aims from joining them was opening my own store.

“Abergele has a really lovely community, so it’s nice to be a part of that. Working from home is a bit of a barrier to that; sitting at a laptop isn’t the same as being immersed in the community.

“As soon as this place became available, I snapped it up. We’ve still got work to do, but I’ve really enjoyed getting the shop ready for opening.

“I’ve had the support of so many suppliers who have sent me things ahead of opening day. I’m just really excited about it; I’ve had the shop since mid-May, so I’ve been able to take my time with it, so it doesn’t feel rushed.”

Donna’s launch event will start at 2pm on July 19, with her opening hours to be 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, from then on.

Though, on some days, she will extend her opening times to 7pm.

Currently, her business is already operating online, meanwhile.

She added: “In a way, it’s a one-stop shop. I offer villas, cruises, all-inclusive holidays, last-minute bargains… it’s just a place for people to come and learn about other countries.

“I’ll be hosting some nice evenings with tourist boards, so people can learn more about the places they wanted to go travelling to.

“I’m also hoping to host some specialised hen or stag do evenings, where people can come in and find out what I can do for them in that regard. I’m also planning a special golf excursion in Africa, as well.

“I want it to be a comfortable space. It’s not necessarily a traditional travel agency. I want people to make themselves comfortable in here, where they can come and put their ideas to me and we can work it out together.”