From remote hideaways to the dream trips worth waiting for, do you share these holiday goals?
As with any cutting-edge fintech, working at Volopa has plenty of perks, but being one of the UK’s fastest growing prepaid multi-currency card businesses has one inevitable side effect: we talk about travel. A lot.
Whether we’re ensuring our customers get the best rate for the 14 global currencies we offer, or spreading the word on how to stay safe abroad, the truth is that if you joined us at Volopa HQ for the day, you’d be hard-pressed to avoid hearing about a great destination idea or dream trip that one of our customers has shared with us.
We’re devoted to making sure you get the most from your money on your every adventure – Autumn getaways to once-in-a-lifestyle excursions alike. And, since we believe you can tell a lot about someone from their holiday habits, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the members of our team by sharing some of their ultimate bucket list vacations.
Key West, Florida
Jay Wissema, Product Marketing and Partnerships Director
“The Florida Keys is one of my favourite places to go on holiday, and you can find something for everyone in the Sunshine State. By far the best of the islands, in my opinion, is Key West. It’s a little younger and cooler than some of the other Key areas, but it picture-perfect. It’s just seven square miles, but feels like a tropical oasis, with a touch of Caribbean style thanks to its attractive pastel conch houses. It’s a great place for a young family, with plenty of bicycle tours, but also if you love the water – the coral reefs are incredible for snorkelling or diving.”
Garden Route, South Africa
Dave Pearson, Product Manager
“I drove through the Garden Route in South Africa in 2012, and it is the first place I recommend whenever the subjects of dream trips come up. The Garden Route stretches for nearly 186 miles, from Mossel Bay to Storms River, and offers a fantastic mix of terrain and activities – from forests dotted with waterfalls, to mountain hikes and brilliant coastlines. I would love to visit again – there’s enough that you could visit twice and never see the same sights – but some of my personal highlights were diving with sharks in Hermanus and bungee jumping in Plettenburg. I also visited Cape Town and loved everything about the city. If you visit, don’t miss out on the vineyard tours along the Cape Winelands too.”
Alex Ceaki, Software Development Consultant
“I’ve never been to Zanzibar, but it’s been top of my list of places to visit ever since my friends took a holiday there. Every story they told me made me certain it would suit my holiday needs. I enjoy trips with plenty of activities and challenges, and so my first stop would be to visit one of the island’s nature reserves, like the Zanzibar Land Animal Park or Nungwi Natural Aquarium to see the colourful wildlife, before diving in one of the island’s coral reefs. To finish off a truly ultimate trip, I would have to climb Mount Kilimanjaro nearby – the highest point in Africa.”
Danny Cheung, Project Manager
“If we’re talking about the ultimate remote experience, I would choose Antarctica. Not so long ago, it seemed impossible that people could visit the South Pole unless they were performing scientific research, but now – for the right price – technically anyone can set off on an Antarctic cruise. It is such a remote location, it would truly be an experience like no other – but with worries about climate change and sea pollution in the news so much, places like Antarctica are more at risk than ever. I would love to see it for myself and experience the beautiful vistas, surreal glaciers and gigantic icebergs – as well as visiting penguin colonies in the wild, of course.”