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Trina Thistle
Travel Advisor, Branch Manager

Village Mall
430 Topsail Road, St. John`s, A1E 4N1

Trina Thistle

An Interview With Trina Thistle

How many years have you been selling travel?
13 years

What type of resort activities do you favor? ie water sports, lounging by the pool, etc?
Lounging by the pool, walks on the beach, kayaking and snorkeling.

What are your hobbies?

What are your favorite destinations?
Some of my favorite destinations would be Australia, Peru and Hawaii.

What languages do you speak?


South America

Sun (Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii)
All Inclusives, Bahamas, Barbados, Disney, Dominican Republic, Florida, Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico, Sandals, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Cuba

United States
California, Florida, Las Vegas, New York


AMAWaterways, Eastern Caribbean, Europe Cruise, Florida, Hawaii, Mediterranean, MSC Cruises, RCCL, River Cruising, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Western Caribbean

Group Specialty


St. Thomas


Weddings & Honeymoons


Cruise Specialist


Travel History

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Stayed in Belfast, visited the Titanic Visitor Center, travelled onto The Giants Causeway and then to Derry/LondonDerry where we seen the Dunluce Castle. Then on to Donegal and a stay at the Kilronan Castle. We had a 2 night stay in Dublin where we visited the EPIC Ireland where we learned the story of the Irish and about how every person is connected. Also visited the Guiness Storehouse. It was a fabulous week and will certainly return.

Atlanta Georgia - 2022

PEI - 2022

Niagara Falls - 2022

Fort Myers, Florida - 2022

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Visited Zurich, Basel, Lucerne Strasboug, Rudesheim, Lahnstein Castle, Cologne and Amsterdam.

Visited Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Beverley Hills, took in an Lakers game at the Staples Center and went to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live. We then took a scenic drive through the desert to Las Vegas. It was a fun filled week of exploring.

Lima 2 nights, Amazon  2 nights and Cusco area 5 nights

6 nights in Lahaina Area July 24 - 30

5 night in Waikiki Beach area

Riu Palace Peninsula Cancun - 5 star resort

Riu Palace Peninsula Cancun - 5 star resort  July 22 -29

Ramada Wujiaochang Shanghai is where history meets the future with the former French concession and traditional Chinese buildings standing beside gleaming modern skyscrapers and neon lights. From the attractive Bund to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai has plenty to keep your eyes occupied while the busy streets provide culinary delights and shopping opportunities to tempt the rest of your senses. A city with a turbulent history and a promising future, Shanghai is the best of old and new with grand colonial architecture engulfed by gleaming skyscrapers. We did guided tours taking in sites including the lofty Plaza Tower, tranquil Yu Garden, the Old City and the bustling Bund and took a cruise on Huangpu River during sunset. Today we took a bus ride to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty, a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal. We enjoyed a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the UNESCO listed Lingering Garden, wander along the ancient street. Today’s final visit was a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai for our overnight train to Xi’an.

Wannian Hotel Today we visited the famous Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Emperor Qin’s 2,200-year-old terracotta army of life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection to the emperor in the afterlife. The 7,000 clay warriors stand in military formation in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger and no two faces are alike.  We visit the clay workshop, specializing in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. In the evening we went to the Tang Dynasty Bolt-on with dinner and performance Today we tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a casual bicycle ride on top of the 9 mile Xi’an City Wall,  perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. We also enjoy some free time at the Muslim Quarter before boarding late afternoon high speed train to Luoyang.

Peony Plaza First thing today we drove to the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple set on the foothills of the Songshan Mountain. Here generation after generation of Shaolin monks have devoted themselves to practising Chan Buddhism and a martial art widely recognised as the origins of kung fu. Over the years hundreds, if not thousands, of people have flocked to this very site to learn this ancient discipline. We had a great opportunity to watch a performance of kung fu during our visit. Today we explored the UNESCO-listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 100,000 statues and images of Buddha carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. This afternoon we board the high-speed train to Beijing.

 Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan   we explore the heart of Beijing, China's pulsating capital, including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city center is the Forbidden City, a center of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city. We had a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, gaining a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. We had a fabulous lunch at a local home as well.  In the evening we enjoyed an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids to name a few followed by a Peking Duck at a city restaurant.  

Changjuyuan Hotel -  After a free morning to further explore the city, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defense, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening we spend the night at our quaint hotel which offers views of the Great Wall near Juyongguan Pass. The next morning we head to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass for when it opens to beat the crowds. We have time to enjoy and explore the wall before visiting a Jade Carving Centre to learn about this ornamental rock and its importance in Chinese culture. After lunch we head back to Beijing where free time is offered in the Pearl Market. For Dinner we enjoyed a Hot Pot Dinner.

Board Walk Balcony  7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral

Visit Busch Gardens and SeaWorld along with Disney Springs. Can leave Florida without some outlet shopping!

Brisbane Australia - 2017

Cairns Australia - 2017

Sydney Australia - 2017

Holiday Inn Express  Downtown - Seen The Blue Jays play, went to the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium,  Royal Ontario Museum and Eaton Centre. Use the Train and Subway for transportation around.  Some much to see and do in Toronto

Sheraton On the Falls - Horn Blower Boat ride to the Falls, Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara's Fury, White Water Walk, used the WEGO Bus  for transportation. Such a beautiful area, so much more to do in this area.

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While is Las Vegas I went to the Grand Canyon West Rim, Hoover Dam, Seen a Concert and a Hockey Game!!!  Vegas is December was amazing!!

Gran Bahia Principe El Portillo - Family suite

Tropicanna Las Vegas - 2016

Las Vegas - 2016

Disney's Pop Century Aug 13 - 24,2016 During my stay with my family we visit Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Holywood Studios as well as The Board walk and the New Disney Springs.  I also visited Disney's Art of Animation, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney's Yacht Club and the Swan and Dolphin.  We took the monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot and the Ferry from  Hollywood Studios to Epcot. So many things to see and do in the most magical place on earth!!!!

Flew into and out of San Jose.  Stayed at multiple hotel along the way. Some things we did or seen were the Doka Coffee Plantation, La Paz Waterfalls gardens and Peace Lodge, Arenal Volcano, We went zip lining over the rainforest with Sky Adventures Park and that evening enjoyed the Hot Springs at the Tabacon Grand Thermal Resort.  Next we moved to the Monteverde Cloud forest where we walked  eight suspension bridges and hiked through the Cloud forest. We visited Costa Rica's  premier snorkeling and scuba diving region when we visited the Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort located directly on the beach of a surfing town.After a few days at the Occidental Grande Resort we head back to San Jose but not going on the Tarcoles river & Mangrove Tour to see some beautiful bird as well as some American Crocodiles.  We even got to experience the Turrialba Volcano spewing ash during our stay!! I can honestly say Costa Rica is so much more than an all inclusive destination, it is an adventure lovers Paradise!!

7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Allure of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale - Ports of Call: Nassau, Bahamas, St Thomas and St Marteen.  This ship has everything to offer from ice skating to rock climbing to Broadway shows ( Momma Mia) The food was fabulous, so much to do and one week was not enough time to do everything.

We did a cruise on this trip but before and after we took in the sites and parks around Florida including Sunset Vistas Beach resort in Treasure Island. We did one day each at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. We also stayed at Rosen Inn International and Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport.

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July 16 - 23, 2016 - Crystal Lagoon One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquility Soaking Tub

Traveled to New York on July 18 - 21. Stayed at "The Michelangelo Hotel" in the Jr Suite. Did all the regular sight seeing - Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, 911 Memorial, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and you can't go to New York and not see a Broadway show,  we saw "Chicago"!!  Also did a little shopping. Can't wait to go there again some day soon.     

Sandals La Toc July 21 - 26  also visited Sandals Grande and Halycon

I just returned from Beaches Negril in Jamaica. It was a fantastic resort for families. Our son enjoyed everything about the resort, from the waterslides to the beach to the Xbox lounge to the Scratch DJ academy  to the Sesame Street characters and their evening shows. The unlimited ice-cream and Café de Paris was a big hit as well. The people are so friendly to the kids, they really make them feel comfortable during their stay. The food and drink was also a big hit! We did the family catamaran, it too was amazing! We will surely be returning to the Beaches resorts!

I stayed here with my family  May 31 for 7 nights. The resort has something for everyone - from snorkeling off the beach to swimming with dolphins right on the resort. The local markets, Disco and  the 24 hour snack bars. The kids water park on the Coba side to all the local animals wandering around the resort. I would highly recommend this resort with confidence.

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I traveled with AmaWaterways in Dec 2014 for the "Christmas on the Rhine" river cruise. This trip was amazing. We started in Amasterdam and made our way down the Rhine river through Germany, France  and ending in Basel, Switzerland.   We then took the train to Zurich where we spent the night. To date this would have to be my most favourite adventure!!

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Travelled to Majectic Elegance Punta Cana, stayed in the Elegance Club adult only section.

stayed at Holiday Inn Select

Stayed at the beautiful "Iberostar Varadero" in Cuba for a week with my family. Everything was great, the kids area was really nice, the entertainment was the best I've ever seen and the rooms, grounds, staff and beach were aewsome! We saw some really nice shells on the beach and beautiful sunsets. We did the day tour to Havana and took the double decker bus to the town of Varadero. We all had so much fun!

MSC Mediterranean Cruise - on the MSC Divina - Italian Cruise line. Pre and post hotel in Venice, Italy at the Delfino Hotel. Cruise ports were Bari, Italy, Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey and Dubrovnik Croatia, did not make it to Katakolon, Greece due to wind. We did a tour of the ancient and once vibrant city of Ephesus, which had a population of more than 250,000 in its heyday, is now a gargantuan archaeological site that is situated an approx. 1-hour drive inland from Izmir. Ephesus was originally founded by the Ionians c. 1,000 B.C. and even then boasted features that modern society still appreciates to this day, for instance a huge theatre with absolutely perfect acoustics and a capacity to seat 25,000 people. Your guided tour around the complex will take you past the ancient baths, Hadrian’s Temple, the Library of Celsus, which was built by Tiberius Julius Aquila to commemorate his father, and the marble street where many of the shops were situated. The site provides a fascinating insight into a highly developed and sophisticated ancient civilisation. The historical old city of Istanbul, called Sultanahmet, holds some of the highest concentration of historical, cultural and architectural icons of any neighborhood in Europe. Most of today we spent walking through this stunningly beautiful neighborhood of Istanbul, visiting the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome. We had Lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the famous city walls, a series of towers, bastions and fortifications surrounding the entire historical centre and port. Built in the 12th century to defend the city against invaders and then modified in the 13th and 14th centuries, Dubrovnik’s 1,940m of walls are considered some of the most beautiful and best preserved in Europe. In Venice we ate local pizza's, walked along the canalsto  the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square. We took the water taxi to Murano to see how they make exquisite glasswork and actually watched the locals make a glass vase. After a 2 hour walking tour we took a gondola tour of the Venice canals where we seen some incredible city sights. After our tour we did some great shopping in  St Marks Sqaure area and we ended the night sitting in the Square listening to the orchestras and eating the best Geliato of the whole trip!!  

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Stayed at Sandals Emerald Bay in the Bay house 1 bedroom butler suite. My favourite place of all time. We did a day tour that took us by boat to 3/4 of the islands in the Bahamas with a stop at Stanley's Cay for lunch, did some snorkeling in the Thunderball Grotto where movies have been filmed in the pass. We swam with pig and sharks as well visited an Island with Iguanas living on it.  We walked the trail around Greg Norman Golf Course and Kayaked from the beautiful beach on the resort. I will definitely return someday!

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Traveled with co-workers to London for a long weekend. We stayed at Ibis London Earls Court.  Took a  day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. Did the hop on hop off bus around London. Took in 2 shows.. Book Of Mormon and The Phantom. Visited Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby as well as St Pauls Catheral.  We did the Tower of London as well .

stayed at Delta Centerville

Travelled to Cancun with work. Visited the Riu, El Dorado and Azul Five properties. Stayed in both Cancun and Riviera Maya. Swam with Dolphins and did some shopping in Cancun.

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Travelled to Majestic Colonial Punta Cana with my family.

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Traveled with work to Vegas. Stayed at Treasure Island  but view Wynn, Encore, Bellagio, Venetian, Vdara, Aria, Cosmopolitan, Paris, Tropicana, Planet Hollywood properties. We did a helicopter Tour of the famous Vegas strip as well as Zip-lining on the Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City. We also seen the Beatles LOVE by Cirque du soleil.

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Travelled to Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa resort and Private Island. We stayed in the Balmoral Ocean view Club Level room. Took local bus  to downtown Nassaua dn also visited the Atlantis property.

Travelled to Orlando with work, visited vacation homes, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Legoland and Disney Parks.

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Stayed at Sandals Whitehouse in the Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level suite. 

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Stayed at Sandals Grand Riviera in the Riviera Beachfront Club Level Room 

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Travelled to Disney's Pop Century with my family and extended family for 14 days. Also visited Universal Studios and did lots of shopping.

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Travelled to Disney's Pop Century with my family for 9 days