Summer with Monte & Coe - Get to know the team!
As Summer comes to a bittersweet end, we're reflecting on all the beautiful memories we've made.
At Monte & Coe, we're avid travellers and getaway enthusiasts, so naturally Summer's one of our favourite seasons.
Get to know the team by reading about our favourite Summer 2022 memories with travel tips to match.
ANDREW: Getaway to Croatia
Role: Sales and Marketing
Best part: Got the opportunity to spend time with my extended family in a gorgeous place in Europe. Enjoyed the hot weather in the clear waters of the Adriatic Sea and even saw some of the sites where Game of Thrones was filmed.
- Pin the locations of sites, restaurants, and other landmarks you want to visit by creating a map in Google Maps before departure. This makes it easy to find places on the go.
- If you are heading to the airport super early to avoid lines, check with your credit card company to see if you have lounge pass access.
- My new secret weapon for staying connected while abroad is Airlo, a local e-sim provider that allows you to purchase data from local networks.
KIRA: Glamping in Tobermory
Role: Marketing Coordinator
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Best part: Hiking and taking a dip in the Tobermory Grotto. As cold as it was, I consider it the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen… If I dare say, even nicer than Portugal or anywhere in the Caribbean.
If you're wondering where to stay in Tobermory/Sauble Beach/Bruce Peninsula area, you can check out the Airbnb I stayed at here. We loved the "glamping' experience because it was the perfect combination of nature and comfort.
Travel Tip: Always have a backup plan for extreme weather when camping. There was a tornado warning for a portion of our trip. In case things got ugly, we Googled all the nearest motels, inns, and hotels that had vacancies.
MATT: First Family Vacation to Florida
Role: Finance and Accounting
Best part: After two years of not traveling (due to the pandemic), my wife and I were finally able to spend a month in Florida. This trip was a little different than our past vacations though…..this time we had two little kids along for the ride (Beau - 2 years old, Shay - 2 months old). Our first family vacation was a big success.
Travel Tip: Traveling with kids is hard!
NICK: Wining, Dining and Relaxing in Italy
Role: Creative Direction and Ecommerce
Where/What: Abruzzo, Italy
When: Early June
Travel Tip: If going to Italy, bring stretchy pants.
RON: Boating in Belcarra, British Columbia
Role: Corporate Sales and Operations
When: Mid June
Travel Tip: Only bring a carry on to avoid losing your luggage and waiting in lines.
How to avoid over packing: Plan out outfits in advance using versatile pieces that can be styled in a variety of outfits for different occasions and days of the trip. i.e: A pair of jeans can be styled for night or day, depending on the shirt and shoes its paired with.
PANNY: Soaking up South East Asia
Role: Marketing Intern
Where/What: Da Nang, Vietnam
When: End of August
Best part: Waking up to the sound of the ocean every morning. The pool villa we stayed at has a private beach. Every morning, we would wake up to the sound of the waves crashing against the sand outside.
Travel Tip: If you are traveling to a beach in South East Asia, book a pool villa near the beach instead of a high rise hotel. There are many good pool villas with affordable prices. You will also have a better experience since there is more privacy.
Cheers to the end of our favourite sunny season. It was an epic one!