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Fresh Faces: Evolution Travel Collective’s Michael Friend


Former Flight Centre senior executive MICHAEL FRIEND has joined ETC as a senior business consultant. Here, he shares with us the quirky story behind the company’s creation and why he came out of retirement for his new role.

 

Where is the last place you travelled?

To the UK (London, Ilkley and Havant) and Bangkok, both to visit friends. 

 

Where are you going next?

Melbourne for work. 

 

Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels?

My laptop and phone to keep up to date with what is going on in the world. 

 

Why did you take up the role at ETC, effectively coming out of retirement?

To be involved with and assist in the growth of a new business with someone (Pete) I have known in the travel industry for almost our entire careers.

 

Tell us something people might not know about the company?

ETC was born from an idea Pete developed whilst on holiday in Kefalonia, Greece, and he registered the name when he was in Portugal.

 

What’s your top travel tip?

When flying, always adjust your watch to the time zone of the next destination and eat, sleep etc according to the time zone of the next destination and not the last. 

 

 

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Written by: Michael Friend as told to Traveltalk
Published: 21 January 2020


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