About Journeys Worldwide
Journeys Worldwide was founded in 1988 by Dick Cijffers, to provide small group tours to Africa, India and Borneo. The company soon branched into other tours and also became a specialist “Total Solar Eclipse Tour Operator”, having now operated solar eclipse tours to Chile, Zimbabwe, Libya, Easter Island, China, Australia and Western United States & Canada.
We operate an annual “Perahera Tour” of Sri Lanka to witness the 90+ elephants that parade through the streets of Kandy occurring in August.
We have developed budget self-guided tours of Japan and South Korea for the individual traveller. For other tours of Japan, we can arrange something of your choice, but our friends at Journey to the East also have a fantastic choice of scheduled tours.
Our recently introduced “Persian Explorer Tour” has been very successful, with some very positive feedback. Dick has personally travelled to Iran on a number of occasions and the tour includes the highlights of more than 12 UNESCO Heritage sites around the country.
The company now has a dedicated team of travel consultants in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast, who have collectively travelled to more than 115 countries worldwide and are therefore well equipped to provide personal advice to most of the world’s travel destinations.
Meet the Journeys Worldwide Team
Our team are fully qualified to help you with all aspects of your travel, from the planning stages to arriving home safely.
Sean Lues was brought up on the family dairy farm in the south of Zimbabwe, which he also worked on for a couple of years after completing his time at a rural boarding school on the border of Botswana. This upbringing instilled in him a passionate interest in the wildlife and great wild places of Africa.
Sean started guiding in and then managing some highly acclaimed camps in Africa since 1991 and in 1994 Sean was awarded the ‘Guide of the Year’ trophy, presented by the Zimbabwe Professional Guides Association for the best guide out of the final examinations. He was later also an examiner at these week-long practical examinations. Sean loves leading walking safaris in some of the amazing untouched wildlife areas of Africa, interpreting the bush and the ecology around him.
With a strong interest in photography, Sean has won some competitions and had photos published in a few books and various magazines. In amongst his travels he also spent a month in Belize, Central America, during which he was tasked with photographing all of their National Parks for promotional and advertising material.
After 11 years in Tanzania, Sean recently immigrated to Australia with his wife and two young children. Sean is often a guest speaker at various clubs and functions, offering a fascinating, light-hearted talk on the topic of ‘Amazing Africa, Awesome wildlife’ and his personal experiences in those amazing areas, or on some of the eccentricities of World War 1 in Africa.
Sean’s strong interest in travel has taken him through a number of countries in Africa, north, south and central America, plus Europe. He and his family are now enjoying discovering parts of Australia.
Our longest serving member of the team – Clifton started with the company in 1990!
Clifton has lived and travelled in India, South Africa and Australia, but he has also travelled through the United States and Europe.
Clifton’s main speciality is with southern Africa and India, but he is also a guru with air fares and is our constant ‘go-to’ in this department.
Senior Travel Consultant
Kirsten started with Journeys Worldwide in 2010 after completing her Certificate 3 in Travel & Tourism. Kirsten (like all of us) loves to travel and has so far travelled to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Jordan, North America, Europe, UK, Ireland, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand & Malaysia. She has also cruised Alaska, New Zealand & the Mediterranean.
So many highlights during her travels but her two favourites would be travelling on Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff and the game drives in Africa.
Philine was born in Hamburg, Germany and attended a bilingual high school. At 16 she participated in a one-year student exchange program in California, United States. Philine has always loved travelling, having travelled extensively throughout Europe, including a lot of time in Spain (her grandparents own a house on the Spanish island of Mallorca). Philine has also travelled through Tunisia, South Africa, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as having travelled around California, Utah and Arizona in a motorhome.
After finishing high school, Philine came to Australia with a friend and travelled around Australia extensively. During her “work and travel year” she met and fell in love with an Australian – and stayed. They have now moved to Brisbane, where Philine completed her Diploma of Tourism in 2012 and then started working with Journeys Worldwide.
Sharon was born in South Africa and at 21 she went on her first overseas tour to Israel – the travel bug bit. In 1991 she went to the UK for a 12-month holiday and ended up staying for 12 years! During her time in the UK she travelled extensively to the USA, Ireland, Europe and back home to South Africa. In 2002 Sharon and her family moved to Australia.
In 2014 Sharon completed a Certificate 3 in Travel and a Diploma in Travel & Tourism.
Sharon has lived on three continents, is passionate about travel and wants to visit as many countries as the budget will allow. Sharon lives on the Sunshine Coast and transferred from the Brisbane office to the Sunshine Coast office when it opened in mid-2018– a much easier commute!
Wietske grew up in South Africa and completed her University degree there. She started travelling straight after school with her first trip to Europe and ended up living in The Netherlands for four years. Whilst there she landed a summer job guiding canoe safaris in Sweden.
Upon her return to South Africa Wietske started working for some of the top safari tour operators and travelled extensively in Southern and East Africa. The travel bug bit again and she spent a year each in Seoul and Bangkok: teaching English and travelling around parts of Asia.
Wietske returned to the travel industry in Africa, spending a year in Windhoek, enjoying the desert and wildlife of Namibia. Back again in South Africa she specialized in Group and Incentive travel and attended several International Trade Shows in Europe. In 2011 Wietske immigrated to Australia with her family.
Wietske has a passion for wildlife and culture and wants to keep exploring the World!
Ilna was born in Zambia and grew up in Zimbabwe (both are southern Africa) and is very familiar with the region.
Ilna has been our accountant since 2005, so knows the business and our tours very well. As a result she will often be found helping out with our clients when the office gets too busy.
Senior Tour Manager
We can’t remember when Margaret joined the team, but we know it was before 2000 – so about 20 years ago.
Margaret has been travelling the world personally and professionally as an executive tour director for over 30 years and has led well-over 100 trips, both internationally and within Australia, having been on the Trans-Siberian railway, through Russia, Jordan, through most (all?) the -stan countries and across through all of the countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan etc.
North America has certainly not escaped her attention and she has crisscrossed this area a number of times.
A specialist in the Indian sub-continent, Margaret has led numerous bespoke luxury journeys to both popular and more remote locations including Goa, Varanasi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Kathmandu, Nepal. Margaret has an extraordinary knowledge of the country, it’s culture, history and diverse range of peoples. She has developed long term relationships with a unique and eclectic collection of local people including villagers, artisans, fashion designers, block print fabric printers, monks, spiritual healers, hoteliers, restauranteurs and performers.
Margaret will be leading a ‘ladies only’ trip through India in February 2019 and am sure there will be more scheduled soon for this popular journey.
North Africa is also a real interest for Margaret and we are looking at putting together a guided itinerary to Morocco soon.
Cape Town Based Guide
Glen has been a guide for more than 20 years in Cape Town and is also a licensed National guide for the whole of South Africa.
He comes highly recommended by former clients – seen here with two of our clients, Peter & Kay. Glen lives in Cape Town with his wife and two children.
Dick grew up and was educated in South Africa, but spent most of his life travelling the globe. Having based out of the United Kingdom for many years, he set up and ran an overland company, Capricorn Overland Tours, with destinations that included India and Morocco.
In 1988 Dick formed Journeys Worldwide and has been based out of the Brisbane CBD ever since. His antics have kept many entertained and these include having his car painted in zebra stripes and wandering the streets of Brisbane in a gorilla costume.
Dick has personally travelled to more than 100 countries, regularly leading tours back to these countries.
Dick has been a popular radio host in Australia, having had regular shows on 4QR, 4BC and BayFM.
Dick has now retired and is working on writing a book on all his adventures – sadly, at the moment it is all still locked in his head, along with a wealth of other information, but he assures us he will work on it.