Our Travel Expert Amber Farley isn’t just from Australia – she lives and breathes it every day. Not only is she the perfect person to craft your ultimate holiday in the land Down Under, but she loves doing it as well! No surprises there; if you got to think about Australia all day, we reckon you’d be pretty happy too. Here, Amber makes us jealous about her role within Flight Centre, and inspires us to rethink our travel careers…
Holiday brochures or online travel inspiration?
Both! Brochures are a great way to narrow your options down, plus get some handy travel ideas. The best way to get hold of some is to pop into your local Flight Centre, grab the brochures you need, then sit at home with a cup of tea while having a flick through them. When I’m inspired, I then hop online to get a more in-depth view of things to do and see, plus that way I can learn about the history of the destination. I love finding out about the place I’m going to.
How do you prefer to travel: car, plane, boat or train?
It depends on your plans and where you are going, but I find trains are a great way to travel. An overnight train means you have saved a night of accommodation, plus it’s exciting when you wake up and suddenly you have gone from the beautiful wind farms of the Netherlands to the lush wine country of France. A stunning experience.
What’s the one travel item you can’t live without?
A battery pack that I picked up in China: that thing has been a lifesaver. It can charge up to four devices, which means my camera is always able to capture my experiences.
What’s your biggest travel pet peeve?
People who don’t appreciate other cultures. For example, when I visited Angkor Wat, I was walking through the columns of this beautiful structure, only to notice some people had carved their names with symbols into it. It honestly breaks my heart.
How long have you been working for Flight Centre?
Just under four years and still going!
How has your career progressed in that time?
I worked for two years at Flight Centre in Perth (where I’m from!) before moving over to England, where I worked in retail for seven months at the Camden branch of Flight Centre UK. I now work in head office for our Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South-west Pacific team. It’s been an amazing journey so far and it’s nowhere near over yet.
What do you love most about your role?
Putting together some amazing itineraries for people who have never been to, or experienced Australia; you know these trips are going to be a once in a lifetime experience for some people and it’s lovely to be a part of that.
How many countries have you visited in your lifetime?
20 – and counting!
What’s your favourite place on the planet and why?
This is a hard question. My favourite place so far, ironically enough, was Far North Queensland. It’s always been on my bucket list to experience the Great Barrier Reef and last year I got the chance to experience everything it had to offer as part of a work familiarisation trip. There is nothing that brings you down to earth like swimming with some of the ocean’s most beautiful creatures amid the most colourful terrain you have ever experienced.
Where haven’t you been yet that you really want to go to?
Iceland. I really want to experience its beautiful national parks, glaciers and the hot springs of the world-famous Blue Lagoon.
Tell us about the best travel experience you’ve had.
Watching the sunset over the Great Wall of China – we hiked up to this old part of the wall and camped for a night. It certainly was a unique way to experience this man-made wonder.
What’s your top travel tip?
Never question whether something is worth experiencing. Even if you have to pay £20 to go into a tiny church or a sewer under a city – just do it, because nothing is worth regrets.
Last one: where are you jetting off to next?
At the moment my next trip is back to Perth to visit my family and friends. While there, I am also planning to drive along the Coral Coast and swim with whale sharks during their migration along the Ningaloo Reef.
Has Amber inspired you to book your holiday to Australia? Speak to one of our Travel Experts about our incredible tailor-made itineraries today. Or if you’re considering a career in travel with Flight Centre, visit our jobs site for a list of current vacancies.