22 Questions for Faye

Last week Faye O'Toole joined the The Big Adventure Company as a Travel Administrator based in our Bath HQ.

Faye was definitely the most suitable candidate for this role because as well as having a very friendly and happy personality she also has a real passion for travel and big adventures! During her gap year Faye visited Australia and New Zealand where she experienced activities such as extreme water rafting, deep caving, mountain climbing and kayaking. 

Here's 22 questions we asked Faye during her first week at TBAC...

1. How did you first learn about TBAC?

I discovered an ad on indeed.com and I went and viewed the website for TBAC and said WOW! This job ticks all my boxes. I felt so lucky to be offered an interview let alone being offered the job. I’m very thankful and excited to have the position.

2. Why did you want to work for TBAC?

Last year I had a gap year abroad in Australia and New Zealand and experienced a variety of adrenaline packed adventures which included; riding motorbikes on the east coast of OZ, 4x4 driving on Fraser Island and extreme water rafting.I’ve always been trying to find a challenge in my life to do things to the extreme especially when I competed across the country on my own horses in cross country and showjumping.

So to answer your question I wanted to work here so I can help others achieve adventures of a life time like I have.

Trekking to the top of a mountain in Tasmania

3. What is your role?

TBAC have offered me the opportunity to be their travel administrator on an apprenticeship so I can learn as much as possible and hopefully continue with the company for many years to come.

4. Before working at TBAC what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

It’s not really a job, but once I was on a television series called ‘Duck quacks don’t echo’ which was a comedy show that tested science theories. The episode I was on was the theory if red heads could tolerate more pain. Well...they tested us alright! Challenge 1- Electrocution (had to wear an electrocution device on my stomach) and had to stand the pain as long as possible. Challenge 2- Freezing temperatures- Had to go into an iced over swimming pool and see how long you can stand it for. Challenge 3- Being pelted in the back by a tennis ball machine and stepping closer if you can face the pain (lovely close up reaction of me in that one!)

5. What are 3 words to describe TBAC?

Fun, caring and exciting.

6. What do you like most about TBAC?

Definitely the team, everyone is so caring and friendly.

7. What countries have you travelled to?

Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Croatia, France, Spain, Majorca, Cyprus, USA, Hong Kong.

8. Which TBAC trip would you most like to do?

I would probably say the Bolivia Jeep Adventure because I think I’m more skilled driving a Jeep and Bolivia is beautiful.

Riding motorbikes on Australia's East Coast

9. Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

I don’t yet but I get called Fayefaye by my friends.

10. Favourite travel experience?

I have many to choose from, but I think I will go with Fraser Island I did so much there! Jeep driving across sand dunes and in the bush, swimming in isolated lakes with my friends, camping and having incredible parties and friendship.

11. If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

Sun cream because I wouldn’t survive with my complexion of ghostly paleness, a knife that is strong enough to cut branches and to transform into a spear to catch fish and a pack of cards for entertainment to play with my imaginary friend I would have created out of boredom like Wilson in Castaway.

12. Top 3 life highlights?

When I got my first horse he was so cheeky and fun I’ll always class him as my bestfriend because he made me so happy.

Me and two of my friends did a trek up a mountain in Australia and when we reached the highest point we all whipped our tops of. Guess it was a freedom moment.

Italy with my boyfriend last year we did a trip to Rome, Florence and Venice in 2 weeks and it was so romantic and we accomplished are mission to find the most incredible pizza.

13. What book did you read last?

Game of thrones - A song of ice and fire.

14. What celebrity do people think you look like?

There is a reality star from made in Chelsea called Rosie Fortescue which fans of the show call me. I have also been told I look like Florence Welch from Florence and the machine.

15. What did you want to be when growing up?

I wanted to be a vet because when I was little I thought I just be cuddling animals all day - that fantasy changed when I had my first biology lesson and got a bit squeamish.

16. What is an ability you wish you had?

I wish I could sing because I sing along to every song on the radio...would help if I learnt the words too.

17. What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?

My own hot air balloon and try and see how far I can get like the film around the world in 80 days.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park in New Zealand

18. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

To say yes to every opportunity no matter how crazy.

19. What’s on your bucket list?

I really want to go to a village in Africa and either teach children or help build houses. I also want to go to Uganda and get up close to some gorillas.

20. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to still be working with TBAC and who knows by then I might be helping on the tours.

21. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I did extreme water rafting in New Zealand down the biggest waterfall you are allowed to do and are boat flipped over and I got stuck underneath and was a struggle to get to the surface I was stuck under the water for a while.

22. Where would you like to travel to next?

Me and my boyfriend really want to go to Egypt we have a lot on our list that we want to see there.

Extreme white water rafting on the Kaitiaki River in New Zealand


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