After almost 5 years at Diversity Travel (with a quick 7 month break to travel the world on her mega honeymoon), we thought it was about time that we caught up with our Senior Travel Consultant Domino Panton-Oakley. We wanted to catch up with Domino to hear more about her role, her travels and what she likes most about being part of the Diversity Travel team.
What does your job involve?
As a reservations consultant, my day consists of working on client’s bookings. Whether that is new quotes for flights / car hire / hotels/ ferries etc. or even organising space for large paintings on a flight! Every client is different and they have different ways or working and preferences, so no two quotes are the same, it certainly keeps me on my toes!
What do you enjoy most about working within the Diversity Travel team?
We host some great socials! It’s fantastic to be on a team and work alongside like-minded people day-to-day. To emphasise that team spirit, we regularly go out after work – we’ve been bowling, crazy golf, even Chill Factore (indoor ski slope)! This really helps us to connect with our team, meaning that we work better together too. It’s so cliché to say, but everyone at Diversity really does know how to work hard and play hard!
If you could give one piece of advice for travellers what would it be?
Eat local food. I love trying new food, even if it’s weird, you just have to do it! Out of all the countries I’ve visited I’d say Malaysia has the best cuisine. Everything is really fresh, with a good level of spice, and full of flavour. However, the down side of that is that food in the UK will never be the same. I travelled Asia for 6 months and everything was so flavoursome and fresh and light, so when I came back, I felt the in the UK just wasn’t as good. I guess I’m just going to have to go on holiday again!
What is the best destination you have travelled to?
New Zealand is truly incredible. We spent 17 days driving around the North Island in a motor-home and is was amazing. We would stop and sleep beside mountains and lakes. One day we’d be climbing up a coastal cliff, the next we’d be watching glow worms sparkle in caves. The land is beautiful and so varied, and the freedom of having the van made it even more fun. Plus, they have an island (Waiheke Island) which is dedicated to vineyards and wine tasting!
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would they be?
I’d need to listen to some music, so maybe one of those wind-up radios as I wouldn’t want anything that needs to be charged up. I’d have to take a notepad and pen. I do enjoy writing and drawing too. So I reckon it’d be a good idea to write a diary and document all the weird and wonderful things I see. I’d also take a guidebook on how to survive in the wild – pretty sure that will come in handy!
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