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Traveller Jerry’s set to go the extra mile
THERE are around 200 countries in the world it tends to change when a Yugoslavia type situation occurs and Jerry Dunn has been to at least 70 of them.
Jerry and Maggi Dunn, pictured on their travels in Tibet, are offering to make life easier for other globetrotters
And despite being something of an exotic traveller, Jerry, who is 40, has chosen Swindon to hang his hat and start a new business called Travel Inspirator.
"There's no doubt that I enjoy travel," he said.
"So I decided that after my last trip that I should start a business where I can help people through my own experiences."
Jerry plans to earn a living by charging clients a fee for his advice, rather than rely on commissions from suppliers.
"I'm not acting as a travel agency. I'm a personal travel adviser.
"I will have completely independent.
"My business plan is that my earnings will come from the service fees that I will charge customers.
"Although I'll identify flights or tours for my clients to book with, I'm not planning to earn commission from the sales of that."
The vision is that a customer will contact Travel Inspirator with a vague plan for a holiday anything from a weekend in New York to six months backpacking in South America and Jerry will organise it for them.
The customer can get the holiday sorted in its entirety or just the basics the customer decides.
Jerry, who has also worked Trailfinders, Galileo and Worldspan, left Opodo last summer to go travelling for six months.
"I wanted a lifestyle change so decided to move out of London, go travelling and now form my own business," he said.
He came to Swindon because he had been working for Galileo, the travel company which used to be in Swindon and later moved to Windsor.
Last year he was living in Windsor when he and his wife Maggi decided to go around Asia, taking countries such as India, Pakistan, Tibet and Vietnam, so they sold their home and put their stuff in storage.
On their return, they rented a house in Oakhurst.
Jerry is working to get the business up and running and Maggi is working for Motorola.
The travel bug grabbed him when he was at school and he went abroad whenever he could.
When asked his most favourite place, Jerry's says it's a toss up between Tibet and Peru.
And he is hard pushed to say which was the worst or the most disappointing.
"Because I love travelling everything is a new experience. I just can't get enough,"he said.
Visit Jerry's website at www.travelinspirator.com or call 08703 892345.