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28 January 2021   |   Blog   |   

Inside Sports Travel International – A conversation with ‘Becks’

We decided it was time to introduce you to another of our team here at Sports Travel International.

Today, we’re chatting to Rebecca. Rebecca works on all things marketing here at Sports Travel International. Her roles and responsibilities have changed dramatically this year. We chatted about the challenges of adapting and a lifelong love of travel and FOOD!

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, I’m Rebecca! I’m 26, and I studied news journalism at uni. I’ve always been interested in sports and activities. I played a lot of team games when I was younger. I think I would have loved Club La Santa as a kid, because there’s so much different stuff on offer! Football and netball were always my favourite sports. These days I keep fit with a lot of gym-based training and, this year, I plan to do my first marathon – in Dublin!

Q: How did you come to be involved with Sports Travel International and what do you do there?

So, I came to Sports Tours International in July 2019. Initially, my focus was on Club La Santa, working on marketing.  I love working on this brand, the resort is amazing. I first went over in October 2019 to create content, and it was amazing to meet the team over there and speak to customers about why they love it so much. I’d love to be able to go for an actual holiday sometime!

Total Body Conditioning at Club La Santa

I then began working as Interim Marketing and Communications officer for the UK, Ireland and France. This role has meant working much more closely with Fids to create marketing plans, strategies and new partnerships for Ireland. We’re constantly on the lookout of new ways to keep people engaged and add any extra value to the Sports Travel experience.

Q: How has your job role changed during the pandemic and lock-down and how have you adapted to these changes (particularly while remote working)?

Remote working for me was big shock to system. I enjoy the office environment, speaking to people, collaborating, and being social. Going from seeing people daily, to saying hello on a Zoom call was a strange feeling.

‘Becks Working from Home’ – Created by Fid’s daughter (age 6)

My role change during the pandemic has seen me working with more people across the business which has been great, and has also seen me take on more new responsibilities, which has been a good challenge to sink my teeth into.

What have you done during lock-down to ‘get away from it all’?

I’ve spent most weekends picking up a coffee and walking a lot during the day. I’m so glad that we can still take advantage of outdoor exercise, because I think it’s so important for both physical and mental health. I’ve also got really into cooking. I try to cook up something new most evenings. I love Asian and Indian flavours, so that’s always a winner in my house.

Becks enjoys walking and hiking in her local area, to help her keep mind and body active in lock-down
Q: What is your favourite destination and why?

Ooh, this is a tough one! I’ve been to quite a lot of countries in Europe. I loved the mixture of the chilled out, laid back atmosphere of Amsterdam, yet also the lively nightlife here too I have been to two festivals here and their venues are amazing! Barcelona is another favourite in Europe. I’m a big foodie, so I loved exploring the food markets and bars for tapas and wine. But overall, I think I;’d have to say Vietnam. There is so much to do and see; it’s a totally new culture to explore, and again the food was amazing.

Q: What have you got planned for 2021?

2021 will see me, fingers crossed, complete my first marathon – hopefully at the 2021 Dublin Marathon! I can’t wait. I’ve heard the atmosphere at this race is incredible! So that I can prepare properly, I hope I will be able to head over to CLS and get some solid training done in the sun. As well a well-deserved holiday, where I hope to do very little (other than run).

Dublin Marathon
Runners pass St Patricks Cathedral during the Dublin Marathon 2016. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
Q: Any final words of wisdom?

“Happiness is not having what you want. It is appreciating what you have.”  Although I think having goals and aspirations is really important, throughout the ups and downs of the past year, I think this has been a really important thing to remember.

Becks can’t wait to seize the day and enjoy more adventures in the future!

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