Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with TravelManagers’ Tania Myles

This week, we took Tania Myles, social media and digital marketing executive at TravelManagers Australia, on an all-expenses-paid cruise to Fiji. Just kidding, we emailed her.

The challenge for the industry is…

Our industry has faced and overcome challenges small and large. From the rise of the digital age and more consumers going DIY, to global political, economic and environmental events.

The travel industry, and particularly TravelManagers, have proven ourselves adept at managing change, but I think global events over which we have no control will always be our biggest challenge.

The things I like about my job…

The best thing about my job is the people I’m surrounded by – I work with fun people who are just as passionate about what they do as I am. We work hard, but we always find time to have a laugh too.

We’re encouraged to challenge what we do and how we do it – there’s never a dull day at TravelManagers. My role offers plenty of variety – one minute I’m working on a large-scale marketing project, and the next I’m giving advice to an individual personal travel manager about promoting their business: I get the best of both worlds.

I’m motivated by seeing results, learning new things and the desire to share what I know with others.

And the frustrations are…

Spending all day looking at travel deals to the world’s most incredible destinations and not having enough leave or money to do them all! That, and Facebook’s all too frequent changes.

Favourite airline?

There’s something special about setting foot on a Hawaiian Airlines plane, being greeted with an “Aloha”, hearing the sweet melody of a ukulele, and feeling like I’m already in my happy place.

My proudest moment was…

Last year I received the TravelManagers Support Award at our conference in Darwin, along with another of my colleagues at NPO, and at this year’s conference in Hawaii, I won the same award again. Along with delivering new websites for our 500 PTMs this year, these would have to be my proudest career moments so far.

I’m also pretty proud of the time I drove from Washington DC to New York in the rain, on 4th of July weekend: it was my first time driving on the “wrong” side of the road, and we arrived with everyone intact and not a scratch on our rental car.

The naughtiest thing I ever did was…

My brother and sister enjoy reminding me that I was smacked the most out of the three of us, although it wasn’t very often. I was definitely a challenge nearly every night at dinner, clowning around to avoid eating my veggies.

The last time I feared for my life was…

The only time was on a famil in Thailand back in 2005. We went out on a long-tail fishing boat off Krabi and got stuck in a monsoonal storm. We couldn’t see land – just waves, grey clouds and rain. I have never been happier to see land.

If I can, I always try to avoid…

Peas.

I really wish I had…

I try not to spend time thinking about shoulds and shouldn’ts.

The best advice I’ve ever received was…

Growing up, my Dad always told me, “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do about it” – it reminds me that no matter what situation I’m in, I can deal with it. And if I can’t change it practically, I can learn from it and change my attitude towards it.

I don’t understand why people…

Who don’t like dogs, don’t like dogs.

My greatest weakness is…

Cheese.

And my greatest strength is…

I’d like to think I’m patient, kind, and helpful. And I try to make a positive impact on others.

If I won a $1 million lottery (aside from travelling), I would…

Get out of the rental market and be my own landlord.

If I was prime minister I would…

Naturally, expect a leadership challenge within a year or two.

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

Africa and see the Big 5 on a safari.

My favourite holiday was…

There are LOADS of favourites, but it’s hard to beat Germany, 2006.

Aside from being one of my favourite countries for many reasons, I went to the Socceroos’ group matches at the World Cup and it was so much fun!

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