Meet the BUNAC Team, Kate

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Here at BUNAC we pride ourselves on our sense of team spirit, love for travel and expertise across all of our departments - that's why we want you to get to know us. Meet the awesome Kate, BUNAC's Work Abroad Trainer, all the way from New Zealand! She visits STA stores up and down the country, spreading work and travel cheer and is full of awesome travel advice.

Name: Kate Hutcheson

Job title: STA Work Abroad Trainer

Describe yourself in three words: Curious, easy-going, passionate

What’s your fav song to sing to in the shower?: Dreams by Fleetwood Mac

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?: Ice cream!

Where is your dream city that you want to live?: New York, USA

Where’s next on your travel bucket list? Budapest  – As a kiwi living in the UK I have a long list of places I want to visit but Budapest is one I’m pretty curious about. I have only heard great things about the culture, the history, the architecture, the food and the ruin bars… and how cheap it is!

Tell us about your favourite travelling memory: I was travelling through the USA and the night before an early flight out of Dallas Texas, my partner realised that he had put my last name as his last name on our booking. Panic ensued and we were unable to change the name over the phone without incurring a massive fine! We decided that the best thing to do would be to turn up to the airport early and see if there was anything we could do there. So we got up ridiculously early the next morning and made our way out to the airport where we approached some very friendly airport staff. We had a great chat about Texas and rodeos and BBQs before they kindly informed us that the wrong name was the least of our worries…we were at the wrong airport! Further panic but the amazing staff rebooked us, changed the name and sent us on our way with no delay. Why is thismy favourite memory? Because even though it was a pretty stressful situation, I can’t help but laugh every time I think about it.

Why do you love working for BUNAC?: What could be better than helping people make their wildest travelling dreams come true?! Not a lot really. Seeing and hearing people who achieve the things they never though possible is such a humbling thing to be a part of.

What would you say to someone who was unsure about going travelling? Being unsure is totally natural and understandable. You’ve never done something for the first time until you actually do it. Think about the last time you did something for the first time, harness that feeling of accomplishment and use it to inspire you to travel!

AND LASTLY, what is your travel philosophy? “Just do it!” There’s never going to be the ‘perfect time’ to go travelling and if you keep waiting for the right moment to present itself to you then you might miss out completely – and we don’t want that! If travelling is something that you really want to do (and it should be!) then just grab the bull by the horns and get out there.

Are you feeling inspired to start planning your next adventure abroad? Get in touch with the expert BUNAC team on 0333 999 7516 or at enquiries@bunac.org.uk.

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