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THOM RYAN

AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC

RESERVATIONS MANAGER

In the past 30-plus years in the industry I have traveled the world, from remote places like Easter Island to major cities such as Hong Kong, London, Rome, and Sydney. In this industry you have to be able to go with the flow and adapt to ever-changing situations. This career keeps you on your toes and you have to love it. With my background in Retail, Airlines, and Wholesale Sales I have it covered. When I was young I thought, "What should I do now?" and after many career choice changes, I decided I wanted to travel and see as much as the world as I could. It's great that I have travelled to and seen places that many people will never get to see. I've walked around Machu Picchu, snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef, jeep surfed in the desert in the United Arab Emirates, gone to the Vatican and seen the Popeā€”these are just a few places and things I have done. And there's plenty more to come.

My favourite places

  • Mumbai

    Asia

    Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is a city of 18 million people and can be overwhelming when you first arrive. But then you meet the locals, visit the sites, experience the food and culture, and squeeze in some shopping and a relaxing massage at the end of the day, and any worries disappear.

  • French Polyynesia

    Idyllic Islands

    A relaxing, beautiful, and romantic place that everyone should try to visit. The overwater bungalows with spectacular views, snorkelling, fine foods, and friendly people are outstanding. La Taha'a Island was my favourite of all the places I visited. What a welcoming and comfortable tropical paradise!

  • London

    Europe

    Everyone should visit London at least once in their life. Whether going for a family visit or to see the sights, you will never be bored. There's easy transportation to all the attractions (Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the art galleries), excellent shopping, and of course, royalty.

Did you know?

  • Always travel with insurance. You never know what may happen either before, during, or after your travels.
  • Pre-booking tours and attractions is a good way of not being disappointed by sellouts when you arrive at your destination.
  • You should leave a copy of your passport with family or friends just in case you lose yours in your travels.
  • Instead of flying economy, ask what the upgrade cost to premium economy is. It may not be that much more.