A lot goes on behind the scenes at Flight Centre. We’ve got our Travel Experts on the frontline of course, but there’s a huge team of support staff working to, well, support them. These roles are just as crucial and just as exciting of course – as James Easter proves.
A Graphic Designer in our Creative team, James plays an important role in making our travel experiences look truly amazing. Here he tells us a bit more about his job and why he loves travel and working for Flight Centre:
So James, ocean, mountain, desert or jungle: which would you be and why?
A mountain maybe, so I could stand tall and overlook everything.
If you had 24 hours left to live and you wanted to travel, where would you go?
Australia, I would love to experience the Great Barrier Reef – even more so after joining Flight Centre.
What travel personality has inspired you most?
I’m not sure if he has inspired me but in terms of choosing a travel personality I would probably go with Michael Palin. On top of that he’s a funny guy and I love Monty Python.
What item can’t you travel without?
The missus!!!! And it’s an obvious one, but my camera and memory card.
What’s the first thing you do when you reach a holiday destination?
Find the nearest bar, grab a drink and tour the place to find out where everything is. Although, now I’m a dad, I’d probably look out for a few child-friendly places my son can go to.
How long have you been working for Flight Centre?
A year and three months.
Tell us a bit about what you do.
I’m a Graphic Designer working mainly on offline (see: print) jobs within the Creative Studio. That includes everything from campaign posters and press segments to direct emails and advertising.
What do you love most about your role?
Designing and generally being creative. I love working on a new concept and seeing it through to completion. Also, the satisfaction you get from seeing your finished work on show for the whole world to see – we are a travel company after all.
How many countries have you visited in your lifetime?
12 – I wish it was more but I have loved some countries so much that I’ve been there more than once.
What’s your favourite place on the planet and why?
Vegas baby! I went there six years ago and absolutely loved it. The Strip, Downtown, the entertainment and the rides – we stayed at the Stratosphere and the Big Shot, X-Scream and the SkyJump were awesome.
Where haven’t you been yet that you really want to go to?
Tell us about the best travel experience you’ve had.
There’s a few: hopping into a helicopter and flying over the Grand Canyon, the aforementioned SkyJump (bungee jumping off the top of the Stratosphere Casino in Vegas), and riding a camel through the Sahara – that was pretty cool but bloomin’ uncomfortable!
What’s your top travel tip?
Stash some extra money in case of an emergency. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working or you can’t find an ATM you’ll be glad you did. I often hide it in socks, under shoe inserts or in a toiletry bag.
Last one: where are you travelling to next?
Going to Ireland (Tipperary) twice this year as we’ve got two weddings to go to, then Disneyland Paris for my son’s third birthday; he’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse at the moment.
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