Well hey there Interliners! Hope you’re doing well and traveling it up. We’re back this week with another ID90 Travel office introduction, and we can’t wait for you to meet the person we’re featuring. His name is Brian, and he’s in charge of cruise, cars, and excursions here at ID90 Travel. This guy’s been around the block in the travel industry and man, does he know a thing or two! Keep reading to get to know this insanely interesting dude.
Brian & “Mr. No Filter & The Master of Cars and Cruises”
I’m the general manager of cars and cruises here at ID90 Travel. I also manage our activities and shore excursions division.
What’s your favorite kind of vacation?
Anything with some fishing involved because I love to fish. In fact, I’ve gone fishing on long Alaskan trips many times, and they’re the best!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Houston, but my family is from Lafayette, Louisiana – you know, Cajun country!
What is the last song you listened to, or TV show you watched?
If you could trade lives with someone who would it be?
No one. I’m very much content being me. I like my life just fine!
Who (or what) inspires you to be the best you?
In general, I’m inspired by nurses who work with Alzheimer’s patients. I’ve had some experience with the disease in my own family, so I’m very thankful for the hardworking men and women who take care of those suffering from this hard disease.
Professionally, let’s just say I love saving people money as much as I like saving it myself! After all, we’re all in this together right? Also, it’s what we do here! We love traveling and experiencing the world, so if we can help you do that by saving a penny, then we’ve done our job.
Tell us three things about yourself & make one a lie.
I have been in the travel industry for 30 years. I’ve broken 47 bones in my life. I love cats!
You’re given an unlimited budget and unlimited time, where do you travel?
My goal is to visit all the places our service men and women have fought on our behalf, to pay tribute to their sacrifice. My father was a navy pilot at 17 in World War II, so it’s always been a passion of mine to visit monuments and battlefields all over the world. One of my favorite places that I’ve been so far was this spot in France, forgive me – I’ve forgotten the name of the city, where the French people constructed a monument to the American soldiers that fought and died for them in WWII. It’s a very humbling experience. Also, my son once got the opportunity to lay the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington D.C. when he was in 6th grade. It was very neat to share that experience with him.
What is one adventurous thing you’d love to do but haven’t had the time to?
I would love to kayak down the Amazon River. I’ve already done so, down rivers and bayous in Louisiana and Houston, where it kind of feels jungle-y and overgrown, and it was awesome. I think taking this passion to the next level in the Amazon would be really cool – but also really dangerous! One accidental tip could land me in the water with the caiman and piranhas… so we’ll have to see if my wife would ever let me!
What is your most bizarre talent?
I am a magician at getting out of traffic tickets. Usually, my secret trick gets me out of them (almost) every time! I’m not telling y’all my secret though!
What’s the best trip you’ve ever been on?
My family and I were able to take a paddle-boat trip (on The Empress of the North) in Alaska along the inside passage. These aren’t really offered anymore, so we were fortunate to do so! My kids loved it. We woke up one morning to almost 200 whales swimming along the boat, and often along the trip floated right up next to beautiful glaciers.
What’s your “travel style?”
My wife’s a flight attendant, so as a non-rev my “travel style” is pretty much “Go and Wing it!”
What’s your go-to travel hack or tip?
Play the waiting game when it comes to booking a hotel or car. If you pack patience you’ll usually score big! When it comes to booking in a place where, of course, there isn’t a major event going on, the hotels and car rental services get to a point where they’ll have to blink first. That’s where you can save big money. I live by one rule, though. After you book, don’t go back and check prices again. All that’s waiting there is heartache and dissatisfaction.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Unpredictable, Opinionated, Right.
Wow, right? Brian’s a pretty awesome guy, and we’re so glad you got to meet him! Stick around for more introductions of our killer crew in the future, right here on Interliner. Until then we hope you travel safely. Keep your eyes on the skies!
Author: Emily (@ID90 Travel)
Emily is the Content Marketing Manager here at ID90 Travel. An avid non-rev flyer (she grew up in the industry), and passionate private pilot, Emily can’t get enough of all things aviation. When not writing awesome ID90 Travel content she can be found on a Texas patio, being one with nature, or annoying her ID90T co-workers with her many, many, crowdsourcing questions.