Takapuna, Auckland. Making me a rare born and bred Aucklander.
Remember Bulletin Boards and life pre-email???
It was the bottle opener, but now I guess it’s screw caps…
Bucks Lake. CA. No phone, no internet, no people. But please don’t tell anyone so it stays a secret.
San Francisco California, USA. My parents drove to the city(we lived nearly an hour away) because my mum heard they served wine to the patients… she is not going to be impressed that I shared this but I love this about her.
I am a ‘digital tourism geek.” I love reading a variety of digital tourism and marketing forums and devour websites like TNOOZ, eyefortravel and Skift daily trend reports
VR – Virtual Reality. It isn’t really future technology, it’s available and used already but it is its potential for tourism that I find so exciting. I believe it offers the most emotive and engaging marketing tool to date. It allows those that can’t travel for whatever reason whether it’s financial or physical, to experience other destinations, which opens up the world to a whole new audience. It’s so good on so many levels.
Any place off the map. I enjoy cities but crave natural landscapes with ocean views or open plains, mountains and wildlife to see experiences with my husband.
Voice technology is pretty neat, and there were a lot of predictions of where this would or would not head. Well, it’s here, my kids are using it across 3 platforms (Siri, Alexa and Google) and if you’re not on the bus, give us a call to work with you to ensure you’re in the mix versus your competitors. Just think…its three times quicker to say English words than type them, and 2.8 times faster saying Mandarin than typing it.
My smartwatch. It used to be my mobile but I’m forever dropping it or losing it in my handbag – having something on my wrist means I’m kind of stuck to it, plus it makes me get off my bottom at work when I’ve been sitting for too long.
My choice is South Africa and Botswana. I grew up reading Wilbur Smith novels, and as such have always wanted to do a Safari Tour. My husband is from near Johannesburg so that will be on our list as well as the gorgeous wine regions around Cape Town. That will be a trip for a birthday ending in an “0”. My kids, however, have me down for doing Disneyland, Anaheim in November 2020 for their birthdays!
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The first would have to be my husband; we’ve been to so many places together, he is my ideal travel partner.Second would be my pillow, I generally don’t like hotel pillows and it’s always useful on the plane, the train or the automobile!Third would an extra suitcase for all the shopping that I’d do whilst away.Fourth would be my hair straighteners….oh, wait, I’m only allowed three, ok the husband has to go!
My phone, for sure! It means I can stay in touch with everyone and everything at the touch of a button. Plus I can search for all the good places to eat, to see & to experience. Occasionally I can even use it to call someone.
Japan. Always wanted to go. I’m fascinated by the mix of culture from the traditional and conservative to the modern and wacky. Love Japanese food and can’t wait to ski in Hokkaido. Would love to take my husband as he speaks Japanese and lived there for four years but if I could only take 3 things, he’d have to stay home with the kids
When I grew up I wanted to fly aeroplanes. I’m still hoping to grow up one day so that I can still do that.
My first memory of the Internet was seeing a bunch of computers sitting in the corner of an “Internet café” in London back in ’95. I tried looking up info about New Zealand and was so bamboozled I went back to drinking my beer instead.
Can’t live without my iPad!
Three things I would never leave behind when packing for a trip are my togs, camera and Tom! In that order.
Working for Greenpeace making a stand for the environment and raising global awareness that the human race will survive only if our natural environments thrive.
TradeMe - looking for the next hidden real estate gem and all sorts of mid-century furniture goodies for our house.
Solar powered cars that have a backup motor that runs on water - the technology is already there but not in a format that can work simply and cost efficiently to be adopted for all. When this is available the reduction in CO2 emissions will be remarkable.
India - getting lost in one of the wildest, oldest and most chaotic places on earth for a few years would be perfect (a bit like the book Shantaram).
David Attenborough obviously – do I need to say more?
Beeee…bop…boooop…brrrrign…brrrrrign…brrrring….. “get off the phone I’m trying to use Encarta”
Spotify – Got to have my TUNES
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Teleportation…. So with the snap of my finger, I could be in Italy to visit my family/friends and have the best food ever.
Bhutan… In this country, development is measured using a holistic of well-being, not just based on the gross domestic product also Bhutan is one of the smallest countries in the world but its commitment to nature conservation is bigger than most.
A book, my music and comfortable shoes for my walks.
Product Manager | ResBook
If you contacted us recently you might have already heard his contagious laugh. Antony has completed a successful stint in the US before returning to good ol' New Zealand with his better half. As customer success specialist, Antony ensures our clients are happy every single time.
Trying my hand coaching rowing at an American collage.
Checking out the news, following politics, watching videos and keeping up with rowing results.
360 degree video. It is a rapidly increasing feature in the way we portray current affairs, entertainment and experiences around the world.
I love showing people around. An ideal holiday can be anything from exploring a place I went as a kid, where I spent my time in America or even showing around my home town.
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AI. The AI tech we’re seeing at the moment is just the beginning, it has the potential to make our lives so much easier.
Morocco. I love the way that Paul Bowles wrote about Morocco, so it’s first on my list.
Instagram (Unfortunately, I spend way too long on it!)
My jacket, because I am always cold.
My phone, because I would be lost without google maps.
My husband (assuming he would fit in my suitcase).
Anywhere warm, preferably a beach where I can just lounge about all day
It would have to be India! I absolutely love how it ticks all the senses - smell, taste, sight & sound!! Love it!
I always wanted to be a Doctor, the idea of helping people always appealed to me - especially children.
Knitting! (or crafting in general) I am a little bit addicted!
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Togs, Sunglasses & Earphones – Hopefully I am going somewhere hot!
Cooking – it would save me so much time!
Mexico, one day!
Senior Project Manager
Space-Tourism. Realistically in my lifetime (unless commercial cloning happens and I can buy another me) I have to settle for high altitude near-space flights instead of the annual family vacation to Mars.
Space is awesome and we should be in it.
Depending on who you ask, I’m still ‘growing up’. Archaeologist or Astronaut or both maybe - Xenoarchaeology. Indiana Jones meets Han Solo.
It would probably blow up. I like to tinker with tech – Don’t ever let me own a Tesla or a self-driving car.
Ideal holiday would be a luxurious hotel with an infinite pool, amazing food spread in a beachy location or in the midst of nature with my favorite people
I'd be wanting to work for Tomahawk
I wanted to be the Genie from Aladdin
Digital Performance Manager
Phone, wallet & passport
AI and flying cars (if they ever become real)
Social Media Manager
This would be problematic. I’m a notorious over-packer. If I had to choose: my phone, my beloved pink lip balm and a credit card with no limit.
Anything that involves faster travel to all the amazing places this world has to offer!
I have this really deep-seated obsession with whales. I've always wanted to be a marine biologist, in fact, if I had to change careers that would be it for me.
Either an amazing ski trip to the best ski resorts in the world or any tropical island with a pool bar close to the beach. Both of those sounds perfect to me.
Digital Marketing Specialist
I would like to take a DSLR Camera, GPS and A lot of Money. No phone No Tension.
Reading Blogs, Facebook
A chef because I love cooking.
Switzerland with my girlfriend
Junior Digital Marketing Executive
A tropical island
Junior Digital Marketing Executive
I wanted to be a paleontologist.
Barking, talking in all languages and don't pee in my carpet.
I'm exited more about VR technology because it allows you to travel in a variety of digital worlds.
Intern Digital Marketing Executive
A tropical island with yummy food and cocktails!
Team Lead | NetZone
A Global Nomad and a Travel Photographer. It is exciting, rewarding, challenging, frustrating and fearful at times yet amusing and beautiful when you capture the world as you see.
Internet = Yahoo!; which I suppose, I believed for a long time. Being asked stupid and sometimes creepy questions on Yahoo! Chatrooms, Orkut and Myspace were bit fascinating at times. World Wide Web is changing at the speed of light and it continues to fascinates me till date.
It would be a "Universal Translator" which automatically translates most comprehensible languages into a language understood by its host. Understanding other languages in a snap is going to be a game changer for travellers and international professionals worldwide.
Completely RAW Motorcycle ride to the MOUNTAINS and country side on never ending roads is just perfect. I can feel my aura while having random motorcycle trips. Once in a lifetime, I would love like to have a Road Trip on my Motorcycle in every country around the world. It’s too much to expect but you never know what the future holds for you
Full Stack Developer
Any place where my knowledge is improved.
A healing machine
My camera, phone and travel mate :)
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I was born in a beautiful town called Cherthala, which is a town located in the district of Alappuzha, in the state of Kerala, India. Cherthala is well-known for its raw marine wealth and backwaters.
I guess it’s updating/following various sports especially Football and Cricket. I equally enjoy finding interesting movies and series online.
I think it will be difficult without Google especially when my wife don’t have all the answers
My idea of holiday is total relaxation along with the family and some good music.
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Cell phone, extra shirt and an extra pair of shorts.
I would probably be in another IT company
A space car for planet-hopping
A terminator like Arnold as a bodyguard
A Detective or Agent
When I was a child, I was quite into a Japanese animation, Detective Conan. Conan is very smart and can solve any cases easily. I like this character and I wanted to be a Detective like him.
Internet! I can get any information from the internet so I can learn anything by myself.
I can travel to any place I want to go without any assignment and work.
Read the newspaper and summarize to audio output. Analyze my face expression recommend the foods and clothes for the day.
Soft skills: the software developer’s Life Manual by John Sonmez
This book transformed my life a lot in the past year. This book has inspired to become a developer, built better personal relationships, self-learning and work efficiently
Junior PHP Developer
Web Developer, PhD Holder. Till now I want this may be I will add more.
My father. He is the only example whenever I thing about any situation and I can get any solution from him. I admire his lovable nature and cleverness in his mind. The way he tackle the situation, I never ever seen a person's ability like him
I am very keen of reading novels (sci-fi mostly) and books related to religious.
Favourite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Because it based on Santiago that "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true"
Team Lead .NET
Hyderabad, India is my place of my birth. A beautifully chaotic city dubbed as the IT hub of India, Hyderabad is rooted in a metro city lifestyle combined with the elegance of traditional culture.
My time is devoted to any site that provides regular updates on the latest technologies and advancements in the industry. Sites that discuss mobile and Microsoft related technologies I’m quite interested in. Code project and Plural sight are particular favourites; I find their course resources for software development particularly useful.
A robot capable of covering all domestic work would definitely make my life a lot easier! Cooking, cleaning, doing the washing and drying... think of all the free time. It would probably have quite a high degree of artificial intelligence as well. I wouldn’t mind a personal driver.
Hawaii always looks incredibly stunning. A summer spent there in the beautiful landscapes and culture would be absolute bliss. The sound of a road trip across the States while we’re there is also quite appealing.
Senior .NET Developer
A designer of some sort. On my path to becoming a developer I initially trained in graphic design and digital media, all fairly creative fields that had a focus on computer technology. As a gaming enthusiast my career choice was always going to revolve around that magical rectangular box.
Outside of work I would have to say gaming. I’m primarily an FPS (First Person Shooter) gamer but I do enjoy a variety of other genres. I usually prefer multiplayer / co-op games as I have a few friends who are also gamers and it makes the experience a lot more fun when you play with people you know.
Virtual reality hands down... although I doubt it will mature to a stage where it will be what I know it can be. I see VR becoming an integral part in all facets of life. I believe it will reach a stage where it can replace all peripherals we use today and most gadgets that we find ourselves reliant on at the moment. Instead of sitting at a desk In front of a monitor typing on a keyboard and navigating with a mouse, you could be anywhere, using speech and physical gestures to accomplish the same task. The possibilities are endless.
Europe... just all of Europe. The dream would be to have a million dollars and at least a year to explore everything and then come back to the places that left the biggest impressions. Italy would definitely be one of those locations... because pasta.
Senior .NET Developer
Mobile Phone, credit card, passport.
My Phone and it needs connect to the internet.
Every Disneyland! When I was a child, I always thought it is was the happiest place on Earth.
Disneyland is a story world and the Disney parks have some of the most brilliant stories ever created. I thought at Disneyland, I can find my good dreams.
A teacher. My mum was a teacher when I was young.
Virtual Reality gaming is 3D headset lets you mentally feel that you are actually inside a video game. In the Rift’s virtual world, you could turn your head around with ultra-low latency to view the world in high resolution display.
I spend most of time on YouTube watching some web series, comedy canvas and some random short movies.
Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamoured.
I always wanted to be an artist in some form. Drawing was a way for me to relax and express myself when I was young.
It was the 90s, I remember Netscape was the browser I was using at the time. Websites looked very primitive back then but even as a kid I was excited about an interactive form of accessing/sharing information.
I cannot live without the internet. It makes me feel connected to the world in ways that is not always physically possible. It reminds me that I live in a world much larger than my own.
I get inspired by to the opportunity to learn how people live in other parts of the world and experience different cultures.
I wanted to be a Formula 1 Driver, love the sport so much and I play so many racing games, that It was all I wanted to do, it's not till you get older you realize that it’s a little unrealistic lol.
Gaming, whether it be on my PS4, my PS3, my PlayStation Vita or my PC, I spend heaps of time gaming online with either my friends or just by myself. It always adds value to the game, and shooting people can be fun sometimes :)
Internet, without a doubt internet. Without, I don't think I would be the same person as I am today. Everything I do requires internet in some way shape or form.
Laptop, so I could watch videos, listen to music and game. PlayStation Vita, because I need something PlayStation in my life. And my Guitar, because sometimes you need a break from all the technology and it helps to think and soothe the soul.
Client Experience Team Lead
I cannot live without Daily updates on Soccer and Ice Hockey (when in season)
Visiting Historical sites finishing off with a swim in the ocean
Client Experience Project Manager
Machu Picchu wearing a poncho and taking selfies with Lamas!
Teleport so I can get chocolates without leaving my desk
Ancient Civilisation Archeologists
Client Experience Specialist
I would like to take my mobile phone, credit card and Driving License.
Since my childhood I always wanted to be a doctor but apparently I could not. The reason is my excessive fear of injections and blood without which I couldn't survive this profession.
My destination place is Maldives known for its white-sand beaches, exemplary views and underwater world. It is a serene place to spend the ideal holiday.
My 2G cell phone
Kicking back at home playing online games all by myself. Peace and quiet is essential.
Tana has been with the Tomahawk Team now for over five years. Although he came to us as a 'young pup' with no experience in tourism, he has quickly learned to love everything about the travel industry. From hiking some of the best NZ trails to travelling in the back of a ute all over the country, he has learned to appreciate how travel can change one’s perspective.
In the office he provides entertainment, sticks and balls and is a keen team member also willing to help clean up the staff room kitchen floor after meals.