What do you love about working at 1000 Mile?
I love that it gives me the opportunity to be more interactive with my clients and an extension of their business. The flexibility to work from anywhere and with such a diverse range of clients is fantastic.
What made you decide to jump into the travel industry and why?
Having spent 7 years living abroad, I wanted to be able to share my passion for travel with others and help create memorable experiences for them. The world is an incredible place to be explored!
What is your favourite travel memory?
Just the one??? One of the highlights of my adventures has been standing at Victoria Falls National Park on my own taking in the power of the falls – just standing a few feet from the edge covered in spray. It was a really magical place.
Last year I was also lucky enough to travel with a group to Nepal and trek to Everest Base Camp. One of the hardest and challenging experiences both mentally and physically, but such an incredible achievement. I made some lifelong friends, did a “bit” of walking and saw some breathtaking scenery.
Just one more! In April, I popped over to Fiji for a bit of diving. Having done some diving in the past and seen a few reef sharks, what I witnessed on one morning dive was incredible! I was buddied with the dive master who had been to this particular site many times before. About half an hour in to our dive, we descended to about 45 metres below. Within 15 metres of our feet was a school of 100+ hammerhead sharks below a school of barracuda, just swimming around in a clockwise direction – wow!
What has been your most challenging travel memory?
After spent an amazing few days in Florence with my little sister, I arrived in Milan Central station in the early hours. The bus to the airport wasn’t departing for some time. A little weary, I took myself off to the waiting area and lay down on a bench, big backpack tied to me with a bike lock and small pack as a pillow.
I drifted off and woke a few hours later to realise my big bag was gone!!! Yep, guess where my passport, cards and money were? I Hadn’t planned to spend extra time in Milan, but there I was racing around consulates, Western Unions, etc trying to get a replacement passport so that I could get back to Ireland. It got all sorted in the end, but lesson learned to keep that stuff strapped to my person!
What’s your favourite airline to travel with and why?
Virgin Australia is fantastic! I love the funky, youthful vibe. On the odd occasion when I get to travel a little closer to the front in Premium Economy or Business, their cabins are amazing! Great service and a really nice product.
What’s your favourite travel perk working as a travel agent?
Being able to take advantage of amazing specials as soon as they are released to the market.
What’s next on your travel bucket list?
Tricky!!! The list keeps getting longer, but I would absolutely love to head over to Bhutan for some more trekking.