Lindblad’s Business Development Manager, Christine Gardiner, talks to KarryOn about her transition from working as a ‘dresser’ for the Opera to create incredible experiences at cruise line.
1. How long have you been in the industry?
1988 – Working for EastWest Airlines, I still see some of my past colleagues as they are still in the industry.
2. What’s your most amazing travel experience?
A recent voyage travelling on Lindblad Expeditions to Europe ticked all of the boxes for me, the education element, the fun and adventure element – travelling down canals in zodiacs and the dedicated team made for an exclusive special experience.
3. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever done?
Working as a dresser for the Opera at the Sydney Opera House, squeezing the singers into the corsets was hard work!
4. First ever country you travelled to?
Lived and worked in London for two years where I met some amazing people, especially while working in Harrods.
5. Wishlist of places yet to visit?
In 2016 my goal would be to visit Vanuatu, Hawaii, however keen to experience Spain and Portugal, Norway and New York in the next couple of years.
6. Who was your biggest mentor growing up?
I’ve had a few people along the way who have given me pearls of wisdom which have influenced me.
7. How has working in travel changed you?
Meeting like-minded people with interesting stories and travelling to some wonderful destinations. It makes me feel very privileged to be part of a fun and happy industry where we all are working to a common goal of creating the right holidays for travellers.
8. What’s your biggest life achievement to date?
Juggling house, husband, travel, work, two cats, two kids and a vege garden!
9. What’s one in-flight travel tip?
To help minimise jetlag, change your watch to your destination time and settle in.
10. What advice would you give an industry newbie?
Enjoy the opportunities and work for a company which has good values.
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