The biggest problem with starting your own travel business without any previous experience is being able to pronounce the destinations correctly. In a previous life I was an electronics engineer. I can easily pronounce and explain what a double diode pentode is used for, but ask me to pronounce Costa Adeje. Then I have problems.
If I had a pound for each phone call I’ve made to a tour operator where they have absolutely no idea which destination I’m after, then perhaps I would have enough for my hair transplant. Or at least I would have enough to buy a hat to keep my head warm.
This is one of the great things of having a travel show. I can get my guests to pronounce the words for my listeners, so I don’t sound like a dork. Regular listeners know that I also have problems when speaking English too.
When I say ‘three’ on air, do I mean the number ‘3’ or that the item is ‘free’? You’ll just have to listen very carefully to know for sure.
New Zealand is one of those destinations which can lure you into a false sense of security when talking about the various areas, towns and sightseeing opportunities. Then, POW!
A word like Whanganui hits you right between the eyes.
Luckily with my recent chat with Danielle and Kate from Tourism New Zealand I could just sit back and let them take care of the weird words.
As these two are Kiwis they are able to communicate a wonderful enthusiasm for the country as a holiday destination. Some destinations use agencies to represent them. I’m not knocking agencies, but although they can talk in great detail about the destination from a promotional point of view, you need a local to find out the best place for a drink, or even a pizza.
Of course they chatted about all the usual tourist stuff, from how to get there, how to get around and what to see and do. Important things where highlighted too, such as leaving it a day or two to get over the journey and to get used to the time difference before driving for the first time. As they also drive on the correct side of the road in NZ, some Brits put themselves and others at risk but assuming that they can just hop off the plane and drive. It’s not a good idea.
This was one of those interviews where I could just sit back and listen, just with the odd grunt or sentence every now and then.
I certainly left the room planning on how I was going to get there in the near future, and I believe that after sending some time with Danielle and Kate you would too.
Oh, the best place for pizza? The Cow, Cow Lane, Queenstown.
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