We chat to Scenic Tours’ Operations Manager, Kim Scoular about her weird job at a Scottish fishing lodge and that time she explored Antarctica with the company.
1. How long have you been in the industry?
Twenty years. I started as a travel agent with Blue Ribbon Coaches/Harvey World Travel in Maitland. I have been lucky enough to have worked with Scenic Tours since 2001, from reservations to tour director and now operations manager – they don’t seem to have tired of me yet!
2. What’s your most amazing travel experience?
Taking Scenic guests to see East Africa for the first time, it epitomises the true African safari adventure, and it never disappoints.
3. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever done?
Working in a fishing lodge in Helmsdale, Scotland that was frequented by the upper class English gents who were “invited” to fish the beautiful lochs of Scotland – money certainly doesn’t buy manners and I quickly realised making coal fires and holding my tongue didn’t work out for me.
4. First ever country you travelled to?
Bali, like so many young Australians. Let’s just say I haven’t been back.
5. Wishlist of places yet to visit?
India, Nepal and New York, just to enjoy how different things can be from what we get used to seeing every day. Also I want to get to Antarctica on our stunning Scenic charter ships, the photos we are getting from our cruise directors and guests are amazing, I will need to do a photography course first!
6. Who was your biggest mentor growing up?
Definitely The Famous Five books written by Enid Blyton. I wanted to be one of the gang leading an exciting life full of adventure.
7. How has working in travel changed you?
The fluid environment of travel helps you to always be adaptable and more open to change.
8. What’s your biggest life achievement to date?
My son, who loves travel as much as I do.
9. What’s one in-flight travel tip?
Fly business class … I wish! Drink a lot of water.
10. What advice would you give to someone starting out in the travel industry?
Travel first and then bring your enthusiasm and passion to your job and you will succeed. Most importantly, don’t keep it a secret, be sure to share the excitement of travel with everyone.
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