Aeon joined us in late 2018 as Technology Manager, to both support our rapidly growing team's technical needs and to take the lead in implementing new technologies in all areas of our business, so that we can better serve our guests. A lifelong interest and career in the practical applications of tech make Aeon the perfect choice for this role. Based in Prague since 2014, Aeon is originally from England.
What's your favorite thing about traveling?
My favourite thing about travelling is the way it forces a change in perspective. Whether it's cultural or simply scenic, I feel a shift in focus. This leads to discovery and, sometimes, new adventures.
Why do you think it's important to travel?
The more I travel the more I understand that, beneath the fascinating but ultimately superficial differences, we share a great deal in common with each other. The deep interconnectedness becomes clearer.
What is your idea of a perfect vacation?
Enjoying beautiful landscapes and architecture. Eating delicious food. Learning something new and important. Connecting with warm and insightful people and listening to their stories. And having the luxury of just enough tranquility to properly relax.
What's the best place you've ever visited and why?
Thailand will always have a special place in my heart. Once you get away from the cities and the tourist traps, you find yourself surrounded by jaw-dropping beauty. The food is like nothing else in the world. And the people are so friendly.
What do you consider to be your best finds from your travels and where was it?
The best things I have brought back with me have always been non-material; new ideas, new skills, and new friends. But I do have an extraordinary bottle of wine from Northern Italy I am saving for a very special occasion.
What destination is at the top of your must-visit list?
There is always more to explore in Europe - it's so rich and varied in experiences - but Australia is somewhere I have never visited and often wondered about.
What was the most exotic dining or cultural experience you've had when traveling?
The first time I ate Laos street food by a busy main road in Bangkok I had no idea what to expect. I had flown in only a few hours earlier. I crouched on a tiny plastic stool and tried to ignore the wildlife scuttling around my feet. The dangerously spicy soup was prepared in front of me in a small cauldron. It tasted like a firework display going off inside my mouth. Passers-by laughed at my glowing red face as my sweat mingled with tears of pain and pleasure.
What's something you always bring with you when you travel?
I always take my iPhone. It's indispensable. The number of devices it replaces that I once had to carry with me is insane.
Best advice for travelers to Europe?
Don't try to pack too much in to your plan. Allow yourself some space to explore and be delightfully surprised.
Mountains or beaches? Why?
It depends on the season because I absolutely love to ski. But if there isn't plenty of snow then, like a cat, I will always head for the warmest places.
Planes, trains, or automobiles? How do you like to travel and why?
I love flying because it gets me where I want go fastest (and also because I still can't quite make myself believe we really can!) but I do appreciate the old-world charm of travelling by train when I have the time.
How do you manage with pre-trip stress/anxiety and/or unexpected situations during your travels?
I try to plan ahead but I remind myself that the unexpected often happens. I try to keep a sense of proportion and not let little annoyances ruin my fun. I always make sure I take my credit card and include a little extra in my budget for emergencies.
When you travel are you more interested in history, relaxation, cuisine, or adventure?
I think that, if you're very fortunate, the cuisine can itself be an adventure. It can help you explore the history of a place. It can even help you relax!
What were your reasons for choosing to work in travel? And what value do you see in it?
I work with technology. I like solving problems and I like improving user-experiences. Working in the travel industry provides me with ample opportunities to exercise my brain productively.
What’s something you’ve been meaning to try, but haven’t got around to yet?
I have never surfed. I would probably be rubbish at it but it would be fun to try!