Kirstin Laraia, Educational World Travel – Hawthorn, Program Development Manager

As a child she admired her older cousin who worked for British Airways in London and sent home postcards telling Kirstin of her amazing travel stories. Now, 17 years of industry experience under her belt, Kirstin is herself, an inspiration.

What’s the best part of your job?
The ability to travel weekly and see some of Australia’s most amazing towns, cities and coastline and travelling the east coast of Australia.

Whom do you admire and see as a role model in the travel industry.
Richard Branson, he never stops embracing his life goals and passions.

What do you want to see improve in the industry?
WAGES. The industry needs a re-haul with its pay structures.

If you weren’t in the travel industry, what would be your occupation of choice?
A United Nations staff member.

If you could take a celebrity anywhere in the world, who would you take and where would you take them?
I’d love to send Oprah to the Capricorn Coast of Australia to experience great seafood, beaches, resorts and climate and I wish I could be

What are three things you must always travel with?
Money, iPod and a good reading book.

If you were on a cancelled flight and the only option to get from A to B was by land, what mode of transport would you use and name three famous people you’d take with you?
Train. Whoopi Goldberg, President Obama and Neil Young.

What the best book you’ve ever read?
Cosmic Ordering, by Jonathan Cainer.

If you could have dinner with any person living or dead, in the history of the world, who would that be and what would you order?
Elvis, freshly caught seafood from the Ionian Sea in the Greek Islands.

Of the seven continents* how many have you been to and which country was your favourite?
Asia, Australia, Europe, North America. Slovenia was my favourite.

When you travel what activity is top of your must do list?

Explore the city by foot.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
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