In light of the recent, sad collapse of Thomas Cook, there is no better time to book with a travel agent to ensure you have full protection on your holidays.

As members of the Travel Trust Association, Southern Cross Travel offer 100% financial protection on all our bookings, plus all package holidays and flight only bookings include ATOL protection.

Feel free to call either office to find out more from our friendly team who will be happy to answer any questions you have. Alternatively, you can find full information on the TTA here –


Anneka Bones has been named as one of the highest fliers in travel in 2014/2015, under the age of 30!

She has been invited to join the third year of a scheme launched by Travel Trade Gazette – the industry’s leading travel trade magazine – and has the heavy-weight backing of TUI Travel.

This initiative shines the spotlight on the travel industry’s most inspiring young people who have made an outstanding contribution to their business.

In September, Southern Cross Travel hosted over 70 prospective and existing clients at a Luxury Travel Evening at the stunning Wadhurst Castle. Clients were welcomed with a glass of wine by our travel experts on arrival and were free to meet a selection of Southern Cross Travel’s preferred upmarket, luxury tour operators and tourist boards. It was a fantastic chance to discover a small selection of the holiday options on offer when arranging a trip with the tailor-made specialists at Southern Cross Travel.

Book your bespoke long or short-haul holiday through Southern Cross Travel! With over 35 years of experience, our travel experts offer a personal service and can tailor-make the holiday of your dreams, using exclusive tour operators and cruise companies. Call us on 01892 783896 (Wadhurst) or 01797 229200 (Rye), or pop in today to start planning your next holiday with THE Tailor-made Specialists.

ozcars-presentation-1Every year, Tourism Australia celebrates the excellence and achievements of the tourism industry in selling and promoting Australia through its OZCARs awards.

This year’s UK Ozcars event, held recently in London, saw around 160 industry professionals join Tourism Australia for a night of recognition and celebration.

Southern Cross Travel, based in The Mint, Rye and Best Beech Hill, Wadhurst was delighted to have Penny Bones voted ‘Aussie Specialist of the Year 2008‘.

Penny, who is one of the proprietors of Southern Cross Travel, first visited Australia in 1969. She began her career in travel working with a London – Sydney overland company, set up by her (now) husband in 1971. She became an Australian citizen in 1982, and has lived or worked in all areas of Australia. Last year she visited the north west of Western Australia for the first time, thus completing her circuit of the country! Penny loves Australia, especially Sydney, where one of her daughters was born.

Her company, Southern Cross Travel, has specialised in long-haul, tailormade travel for over 30 years, with Australia and New Zealand being the top-selling countries.

‘To be recognised by your peers is a great feeling’ says Penny. ‘I am passionate about Australia, which makes it easy to sell. To sell this distant, vast country requires detailed knowledge, thus ensuring that our clients are not disappointed and get maximum value during their holiday. I hope to be able to continue my own travels to, and within, Australia for a very long time!’