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THIS WEEK:


LAUREN MCCULLOW HAYS TRAVEL


Q&A


Lauren McCullow, of Hays Travel in Middlesbrough, tells Harry Kemble how her experiences in California lived up to her colleagues’ ‘life- changing experiences’ on previous Cover Stars trips


Q. What made you apply to Cover Stars? A. I have always known about it since I started working in travel six years ago. I actually applied four years ago, but sadly I was not successful so I thought why not go for it again.


Q. Did you know anyone else who had entered Cover Stars before? A. Other Hays Travel agents I know have been on the trip – probably about four or five. Everyone who had done Cover Stars before said they had life-changing


experiences. You get to go on holiday to somewhere you would not get to experience normally. This year, we didn’t do the makeover, but to me that meant we had time to experience more. I would encourage any other agents to apply to be a Cover Star.


Q. What was it like in business class? A. It was absolutely fantastic. I hadn’t flown business class before. The staff were so lovely and couldn’t do enough. It made the world of difference because it meant you could stretch out and snooze. I would 100% fly long-haul business class again.


Q. Was Los Angeles and West Hollywood everything you expected? A. It was much more. It has helped me loads when I’m selling California. You can only sell so much of a place you have never been to before, but now I know the areas.


Q. What did you get up to in LA? A. We stayed at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. We all had different rooms, which were really quirky. You could see all the way to Downtown Los Angeles, which was an amazing view. It was bizarre inside, when we walked in we saw a giant mirror with a TV inside.


Q. How was your photo shoot? A. I had my photo shoot on our second day in LA, when the group went on a bike ride around Beverly Hills. The shoot, at The London West Hollywood hotel,


40 travelweekly.co.uk 4 October 2018


PICTURES: STEVE HOCKSTEIN/HARVARD STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY


2018


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