This month’s sixty seconds is with our Senior Bid Writer, Matt Buxton. He talks favourite destinations, shares his baggage tip for travellers and reveals what first attracted him to join the Diversity Travel team.
What does your job involve?
As Senior Bid Writer, I have one of those rare job titles that kind of just says what, in essence, I actually do! I write content for the bids that we put together to submit for new business contracts. I also co-ordinate with other departments for their input and expertise as well.
What made you want to join the Diversity Travel team?
The job advert jumped out at me immediately; it was asking for a Bid Writer who could ‘raise the stoniest eyebrow and put a sparkle in the dullest eye’. Just completely apart from any other advert! Then when I began to do my research, what stood out was the focus here on the people; how everyone here is happy, talented, motivated, principled and sociable was what came across from the website and social media channels.
One of the key aspects of my role is unpicking what really makes a company tick, so I can generally see through any corporate ‘dressing-up’ etc. I’m now six weeks into Diversity Travel, and if anything the team are under-playing all of those things!
What is the best destination you have travelled to?
Naples in Italy. We got away there last year for my 40th with no kids, and both just fell in love with the place. The city itself is fast-paced, authentic, bustling, and has a definite edge to it. Then you look across the Bay and see Vesuvius overlooking everything and it’s just jaw-dropping. As a History teacher in a previous life, Pompeii and Herculaneum were a bit special as well.
If you could give one piece of advice for travellers what would it be?
Read the rules of the travel method you’re hitting, and check your bags. The amount of aftershave I’ve had to give away at airports is nearing tragedy. And I’ve also had to pack a shoulder bag into an already full suitcase due to exceeding the baggage allowance; flying from Copenhagen to East Midlands wearing a suit, two t-shirts, a jumper and two coats, each with a pair of trainers in the pockets, it wasn’t pretty!
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take three things, what would they be?
One of my guitars for a start. I’d then take my mobile recording-deck-thing which I bought a year ago and haven’t quite yet found the time to sit down and properly figure out. The final item would then have to be a book, and the one I could read over and over again is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; hilariously tragic and optimistically doom-laden all at once!