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Our members are what make Kefi Travel Club. The trips, the discussions, the club, it just doesn't exist without YOU! So make sure you take the time to get to know your Kefi Travel Club team and your fellow members.

Kefi Travel Club Team



John Simon 
President & Founder

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Learn more about John
Thank you very much for your interest in my club. As those of you that know me (and the rest of you soon will), I don’t like small chat. Sometimes I don’t even like people! But a strange thing happened while I was travelling the last 20 years for business and pleasure, I found that visiting unique places and having new experiences wasn’t so fun by myself. So I started inviting people along for my trips. It was mostly for my own amusement. Watching them get lost, tasting strange foods, buying useless trinkets, and generally being a fish out of water in a foreign land. What I didn’t expect is that people would share my amusement of each other during these trips. As we stumbled along making questionable decisions, people really developed a camaraderie that extended for the trip and even after. The sharing of all the experiences, good and bad, helped form a bond between the travellers that improved the experience for everyone.

As stories of our adventures spread upon each return, the list of people clamouring to be on the next trip grew. As I planned each trip, I tried to fine tune the model based on learnings from the previous trek. Now I have defined the model which I believe is the Kefi Travel Club “secret sauce”. It’s not rocket science. What people seemed to enjoy was travel which covered the expected items in a particular country, but also took them off the beaten track. Staying In smaller family run hotels in villages and not the main tourism cities allowed the group to get closer to the local community and to each other. Regular group meals in the evenings allowed people to share their experiences of the day and plan out their next adventure. Plenty of free time to explore allowed people to have their own space and make their own discoveries, but also have chance encounters with others in their group which increased the feeling of being local. Finally, the occasional “odd and/or challenging” activity got people outside their comfort zone and helped build the relationship between travellers.

With Kefi Travel Club I want to share this approach with others. Through the club model, members can share the club with their network of friends. This gives me a whole new pool of people to be amused by! And allows us to build a fun group of like-minded people that want to explore the world with others and create memories that last long beyond the trip. Finally, since this is a club, it’s all our responsibility to make this club the best it can be. By contributing trip ideas, inviting fun new members, and engaging with the community we can ensure that every trip is the best adventure ever – until the next one!



Michelle Gamble
Travel Consultant

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Of all the things I like to talk about, myself is not one of them, but luckily travel is my favorite thing! After completing University in 2008, I have been a world traveler looking to explore as many new countries as possible. The running joke was there was “shoe string” budgets for travel and then there was how my brother and I traveled. Since it was all on our own dimes (and sometimes a dime was all we had), we had to stay at the cheapest locations in town and pick budget friendly destinations. This has led to a lot of great travel stories – being chased by a hippo in Benin, West Africa, sleeping in a thatched hut in Vanuatu or trekking through the jungle in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There have been too many great and fun experiences to list but jump on board one of our tours, let’s grab a drink and I will tell you about them!

I made a promise to myself when I started traveling that I would try and visit 30 different countries by my 30th birthday. I am happy to say I surpassed my goal! Now it is on to 40 by 40 and 50 by 50, I need to keep the dream alive right? Being able to be part of a club that not only encourages unique travel experiences but gives me the opportunity to visit some of these destinations as part of my job?! Well, I would do that for free (don’t tell John!). The philosophy of the Kefi Travel Club really resonated with me. There is something indescribable about being in a destination you have always dreamed about and not just seeing the usual highlights but also experiencing the culture / lifestyle like a local. Staying in smaller hotels and getting to meet the owner who may double as your bartender that night giving you insider tips about hidden hotspots in the area is what I love.

Thank you for joining the club, I cannot wait to work with you to build the tour of your dreams and hopefully, get to see you experience it first-hand.





Ben Gamble
Travel Consultant

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As you may or may not have noticed, my last name is Gamble, and yes, I am Michelle’s younger -key word, younger - brother. The travel bug must be infused in the Gamble DNA, because, like Michelle, I am an avid traveller and have an intense passion for all things travel related. I have been very fortunate in my journeys overseas and have always had incredible travel experiences. I have lived in Benin (West Africa) volunteering at an orphanage for nearly a year, picked apples in sunshiny New Zealand for 7 months, worked as a landscaper in Calgary for almost a year, and recently returned from a 9-month adventure teaching English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

While living in Canada and abroad I have always made travelling a priority of mine and have been lucky enough to visit 54 countries on 6 of the 7 continents! From Curacao to Cambodia, France to Fiji, Norway to Nicaragua, and Iceland to India, I have travelled through some pretty far-flung and unique areas of the world and have had tons of amazing experiences. I love diving into the local culture and experiencing life as a local, whether it be preparing meals with a family, attending a Voodoo ceremony or wearing an ao dai and “singing” Vietnam’s national anthem on stage in front of 300 school kids and their parents!

I am excited to help you turn your dream vacations into realities! Sometimes all it takes is some inspiration, advice and travel guidance to get you started onto your trip of a lifetime and that is what I am here to do for you.


Our Lead Bulls

Are you the type that is always planning everything for your family and friends? Do you excel at making sure everyone has the best time possible? Is a passion for travel at the top of personality traits? Well then you might be a candidate for being one of our Lead Bulls!

Lead Bulls are Kefi Travel Club members who help to serve as guides on the trips that our members take. They embody everything that Kefi stands for and make a difference by sharing their passion for travel on every trip that they go on. Best of all, our Lead Bulls travel for free! Lead Bulls tend to be by invite only, but we are always looking for Kefi Travel Club members that might fit the role, so make sure you are joining in on the discussions, getting to know other members and showing us your Kefi on every trip you go on.


Greg Hemmings

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Kefi Travel Club is thrilled to announce Greg Hemmings as one our Lead Bulls and are extremely confident you will enjoy your time under his august leadership.  Greg’s first Kefi Travel adventure will be an exciting combination of his new Filmpreneur program and the incredible sights of Greece in September 2018.  Please visit the Trips page for more information.  We are hopeful this will be the first of many tours with Greg!

As an entrepreneur, filmmaker and community movement maker, Greg Hemmings is a global thought leader in positive social impact filmmaking. Greg’s commitment for positive social change has taken him to all corners of the world. Greg uses the powerful medium of film to inspire positive social action, and to top it all off, he is a blast to be around!


Make use of Greg’s infinite patience, knowledge, and quest for a good time while you travel with him (and Kefi Travel Club) around the world. 


Travel to Greece with Greg!

David Alston

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David is a repeat tech and marketing startup entrepreneur, the Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for the New Brunswick Government, cofounder of Brilliant Labs, winner of multiple marketing and social media awards, heavily involved in poverty initiatives in his community, and helped develop two social impact documentaries, Code Kids and The Millennial Dream. David, his wife, Mary-Gwen, and team are currently in the process of building a new aerial adventure park in Dominion Park called TimberTop Adventures, slated to open in the Summer of 2018. 

So, since he has nothing else to do, Dave has volunteered to be Lead Bull and make a return trip to one of his new passions, Morocco. Many of you have followed his journey via Instagram and can understand his desire to return. And he wants to share that with you! He’ll be returning in March 2019 and is looking for folks interested in coming with his to experience all the exotic experiences that Morocco has to offer.

Visit the trips page and discussion forums to find out more!


Travel to Morocco with Dave!

Bernadette Fernandes

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Bernadette has a life motto of passion and purpose, spending much of her time giving back philanthropically to her community and volunteering her time mentoring entrepreneurs, business immigrants, MBA candidates, and startups.  She currently sits on the Boards of ConnexionWorks and the Saint John Learning Exchange. Bernadette has studied internationally during both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s studies.

Entrepreneur, consultant, public speaker, humanitarian worker, you’ve all seen Bernadette in her many roles.  But one place you probably haven’t seen her is in her home country and small town of Picote, Portugal, which she visits on a regular basis.  Well, that is about to change!

Bernadette is inviting you to come with her to Portugal in October 2018 so she can show you her home country in all its glory from the eyes of a local.  You’ll see the incredible Algarve coast with its many beautiful beaches and towns.  But you’ll also head to the less-travelled area in the North of Portugal, bordering Spain separated by the River Douro, visiting her home town of Picote and staying in the local village.  Bernadette promised the locals have some great parties planned to welcome you all.  

Visit the trip’s page and discussion forums to find out more!

Travel to Portugal with Bernadette!


Angela Locke
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This will be Angela’s second (of many) trips to Costa Rica! Take advantage of her knowledge of the area and love for being abroad while sitting back and enjoying the unbelievable natural beauty of the Coast of Riches.

Angela is a Mom, Beachbody coach/fitness instructor and Government employee. However, being on a beach in the sun is one of Angela’s favorite pastimes. She enjoys staying fit and having fun in the sun.

She cannot wait to show you the stunning sunsets, waterfalls, trekking through the jungle, feeling on top of the world crossing the canopy bridges and listening to the primitive cry of the howler monkeys.

If you were looking for a tour that crosses multiple items off your bucket list, then this is the tour for you. Come get lost in the lush jungles, cloud forests and beaches with Angela Locke and Kefi Travel Club!

Visit the trips page and discussion forums to find out more!


Travel to Costa Rica with Angela!



Mary Delaney

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Mary has spent the last twenty years as a brilliant and award-winning wife and mother to five of the loveliest angels ever sent from heaven. During this time, she rocked the roles of Sergeant Major, chief cook and bottle washer, educator, medic as well as counsellor.
Besides the home front, Mary has also spent the past ten years managing a very busy medical clinic where it is filled with nonstop days of plate spinning to ensure the success of the business.
Now that the kids are quickly learning to soar on their own and that faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine brightly, Mary has refocused her energy into one of her passions – organizing events for family and friends largely through travel. Mary has always lived by the motto “Carpe Diem” and nothing excites her more than getting a bunch of friends or family together to go on an adventure and see what comes out of it.
Mary will be taking her first trip with Kefi Travel Club this summer to Spain and cannot wait to check Spain off her bucket list. Her next adventure will be as Lead Bull taking a group to Greece in 2019, where no doubt the stories will be legendary. Ireland is not far from her list, as well as Portugal, Italy and Thailand.




Mark Hemmings

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Mark Hemmings started his professional photography career just out of university in 1997, and it has been his only career ever since. His skills have earned him the trust of many clients who have sent him on 40 international photography trips around the globe. But the really exciting turn of events in Mark’s career was when he started teaching international photography workshops and tours. In 2004 Mark travelled to South Korea to teach young Koreans how to use their cameras. This successful workshop led to a series of photography tours and workshops in Hungary and Romania throughout the years. His Japan photo tour was a big hit in 2005, which led him to continue taking participants to Japan annually. And in 2008 Mark visited one of his favorite cities, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and with his teaching partner James Wilson, have been inviting participants to a week-long photo workshop in Mexico each winter. Mark is incredibly excited to be a part of the Kefi Travel Club family, and will strive to give each participant an amazing trip, PLUS a very solid understanding of how to take amazing photographs! Mark loves teaching photography, and is looking forward to helping you master your camera while traveling to beautiful destinations. To see Mark’s work check out www.markhemmings.comor www.instagram.com/markhemmings or www.facebook.com/markhemmingsphotography

Travel to Greece with Mark!



Your Fellow Members

Kefi is all about the members, so make sure you get to know your fellow members by chatting with them on the discussion forums, checking out their profiles and filling out yours.

 



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