From Malta to Vietnam: ITC Graduate Gemma shares her travel storiesPosted on 25/03/2015 by Jess O'Connor
Gemma Delia graduated from the International Travel College in 2014. Her passion for travel and discovering new places motivated her to gain a qualification and she chose to Study From Home. Gemma is now working as a travel designer for Adventure World. In this role, she helps people achieve their travel dreams. We caught up with her to learn about her favourite travel memories and why she loves working in this exciting industry.
What sparked your interest in travel & tourism?
I have family in Malta (a small island in the Mediterranean Sea) and from a young age we would travel to visit family. Because it took 27 hours to fly there, my family would often stop in different countries along the way to break up the trip. These experiences sparked my interest in cultures and this grew into a passion to travel the world and experience all the world has to offer.
What is your fondest travel memory?
I have so many. But I think of the best moments was when I was diving with Manta Rays in the Galapagos Islands. They had 4 – 5 meter spans and were so close I could have touched them (but of course I didn’t). I just remember hanging in the water about at about 15m and thinking I am luckiest person on earth to be so close to such a beautiful, powerful but graceful creature.
Favourite place you’ve visited?
Again I don’t have one. Vietnam for the history and food, Galapagos Islands for the scenery and wildlife, Europe for the history and food.
Do you speak any other languages? If not, what language would you love to learn?
No. I am half Maltese so would love to learn Maltese and am slowly learning.
Best thing about working in the travel industry?
Working with like-minded people who get just as excited as you do when talking about where you want to go and where you have been.
Next destination on your travel wishlist?
The whole world. But Laos, Cambodia and Burma are high on my list. I am also looking at taking my dad to India and Sri Lanka next year for his 65th birthday.
Advice for people looking to start out in the travel industry?
Work in travel because you love it and have a passion for it. Keep travelling to keep the passion alive. You cannot work in this industry if you don’t want to travel. You have to have a passion. You don’t need to have travelled everywhere, you need to want to travel everywhere.