Uppdaterad: 19 sep 2019
Hello again! So so so nice to see you here to read my FOURTH blog post!
To connect to my previous post about working multiple jobs I’ll share with you what I’ve been up to over the last two weeks. Both in words and in pictures
About three years ago I started working for a travel agency that specialises in conference trips for businesses and larger groups. This work is in its nature seasonal work. I work September and March, maybe one week in January and May. Outside of these time periods we don’t have any groups travelling. On the inverse we have about 30 guides working at once during busy periods.
What I see as the biggest upside with the work that I do is that there really is as many different trips as there are clients. Each trip that we produce is tailor made for that specific trip. No package deals at all. This is at the same time as it is the best part of the job also the most challenging. We usually never even go back to the same destination more than once and that means inventing the wheel every time. When everything works, it is a rush and my colleagues and I do it well, so well people most of the time ask us if we live in the region we’re visiting.
I get professional motivation from the immediate feedback that is inevitable in projects like this that happen over 48 hours or less. There is no second chance, everything must be on point the first time around. This really motivates me to do my utmost and enables me to put in the hours necessary. We are available to our guests almost around the clock, and that takes a toll, but in the end it really is worth it. Another strong motivator is that I get to see unique places in unique ways that otherwise would not be possible. During some of the trips I have been on I have helped organise after beach beers in Italy, hikes in Montenegro, canyoning in Austria, kayaking in France and shown guests the best pistes in ski resorts across the alps.
Last weeks mission was in Tegernsee in southern Germany, a stunning, “Sound-of-Music”-esc location with enchanting deep forests, crystal clear waters, mystical mountain fog and great Bavarian cuisine. The group was just shy of 300 participants and they were fun, young and fast paced. I am familiar with technology and I am a logistics engineer so I am usually made responsible for the transfers and the conference itself. Hence, I am to make sure we move everyone to where they need to be when they need to be there, and that all the technology works for the conference. On the last trip in Åre that finished just yesterday I learned that when using a Mac computer the HDMI output will not work if a cable is too long.
If you’ve been a participant to a conference trip you’ll know that there’s stuff going on. And as organisers it is key to be discreet and I’ve become a master at pretending to not notice things as they happen. I’ve seen people being openly unfaithful. I’ve made sure people who’ve spent the night with a colleague make it to the airport on time to not miss their flight. I’ve been the support drunk people needed to not fall on their faces. I’ve been a night club guard being screamed at in different languages. These experiences come from all type of businesses, there isn't really away to tell which conference will be smooth and which one will be rowdy. Obviously this paragraph is written in very general terms as it wouldn't be very appropriate to write anything that would be easily recognisable.
All of this combined makes up the challenge that is organising conference trips, and though I don’t necessarily love every aspect every time and I am dead tired by the end of it, it is fulfilling and I love it! I’m writing this on my way to Stockholm for a meeting with one of my employers in preparation for a job this weekend in Stockholm.
Bring it on, and until next time!