From simple beginnings as a coach dispatcher for APT in Perth to her current Project & Partnerships Specialists role, see where Simone Lucas’ career has taken her over this time.

Find out who inspired her to work towards becoming the person she is today and what she recommends for any industry newbie:

 

How long have you been in the industry?

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I’ve been in the travel industry for close to 20 years now.

 

 Tell us about your most memorable travel experience?

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One of the most amazing experiences would have to be trekking to Machu Picchu. I did the Lares Trek rather than the Inca Trail (mainly because I booked too late and couldn’t get on!), which climbed as far up as 4,550 metres.

It was spectacular scenery, as we went through the villages we spent time in areas seeing how the locals lived, you walked alongside llamas and watched eagles soar overhead, we ended at a village for the last night before heading to Machu Picchu and ate dinner with the families and had a game of soccer with the kids, it was a total blast.

It’s so hard to explain the feeling of a place as sacred as Machu Picchu is, you come into the park as the sun is coming up and often there is a blanket of cloud below, when this starts to clear a whole new scene opens up and it is mesmerising.

 

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

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Working on the weekends at an ice cream parlour when I was 12 years old, man did I know how to pour the best soft serve ice cream you would ever eat!

 

 Wish list of places to visit?

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Antartica, Arctic Circle for the Northern Lights and New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

 

Who was your biggest mentor growing up and why?

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My Grandfather – he was my hero and mentor on how to look positively at life, to always see the best in someone or something, to work hard and good things will come your way. He worked incredibly hard up until his passing in his early eights and most of this after having lost his arm from the elbow down in a tree felling accident when he was in his early twenties, nothing stopped him!

 

How has working in travel changed you?

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I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with a number of wonderful companies where I have worked for outstanding industry leaders who have taught me so much about myself and helped hone my leadership and people skills.

Over the time spent within these organisations, I have learnt so many skills, the most important being the necessity to work together for the greater good of the company, there are no stupid questions and do not be afraid to ask something if you don’t know.

Over the past twenty years I have been afforded so many wonderful experiences and met an array of amazing people in my company travels and it has been a pleasure to see the way travel changes people and opens up their minds and their hearts to seeing the world in a different way.

 

What’s your biggest achievement to date?

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Leaving a strong career behind in Perth in 2005 to relocate to Sydney and after a number of years of working my way back up the industry ladder to now be sought after for roles.

 

What’s your number one in-flight travel tip?

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Image: Eva Darron/Unsplash

Always wear comfortable clothing and shoes, nothing worse than waistbands digging into you or shoes you cannot put back on when you land due to swelling!

 

What advice would you give an industry newbie?

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Be open to new opportunities, absorb as much as you can from great bosses and mentors, ask questions and have a very good sense of humour!

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Have you met Simone on your travels in the industry? Want to get involved too? Drop us a line here and let’s introduce you to the wider world of travel.