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Travel Q&A with ITC Tutor Lynelle Panton

Posted on 07/05/2015 by
New York City is the next destination on Lynelle's travel wishlist

New York City is the next destination on Lynelle’s travel wishlist. Photo credit: Josh Liba // Flickr Creative Commons

Lynelle Panton is a Tutor on the ITC Study From Home team. She shares some of her favourite travel memories with us in today’s blog.

What sparked your interest in travel and tourism?

I did a lot of moving around when I was younger and always thought I am never going to move as an adult, but quickly realised that with all the moving I got to see some pretty amazing places and experience things I might never have had the chance to if I hadn’t.  I think when I was at high school lots of my friends were talking about studying and going off to do big OE’s and live overseas, and I knew I didn’t want to live anywhere else but NZ but still wanted to travel.  For me the most logical career was in the T and T industry.

What is your fondest travel memory?

When I was about 11 we had a 3 week holiday around the South Island.  I loved every minute of it.  We really do have a beautiful country with lots to see and do.  It makes you realise how lucky we are.

Favourite place you’ve visited?

Thailand is definitely one of my most favourite places.  Beautiful people, great culture, yummy food, good shopping.  You can do as much as you want or as little and still go back for more.

The other place is the Coromandel.  I just love the relaxed atmosphere.  The locals are lovely, the beaches are stunning and again lots to see and do.

Best thing about working in the travel industry?

For me it was always the process of putting your clients itinerary together with them and watching them get excited by the process.  That excitement tends to be contagious which I just love.  It’s also very cool when the client comes back and tells you all about it.

Next destination on your travel wishlist?

I would love to go to NYC.  It’s such an exciting city that never stops.

Any advice for people looking to start out in the travel industry?

Just do it.  There are so many areas you can work in, it is definitely a career for life.  You will learn so much along the way and those skills you learn tend to be very transferable within the industry.

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