Wayne Szczambura, Balkan Holidays’ regional sales manager, speaks to TTG about a range of topics, including turbulent satnav relationships, hitting the road with Roald Dahl and dreaming of entering the Eurovision Song Contest.
I try to do four days of agent visits and one day of admin, but my plans change quite a lot in this job. I do love a travel show, so they always get added to the schedule where possible.
I’m one of two regional sales managers: my colleague Lynsey Jones has the north-east, Scotland and Northern Ireland, while I have everything from South Wales to Norwich.
I passed on my second attempt. I only got one major on my first test by not turning at a filter light. My instructor still argues to this day it should have been a minor.
It’s my first time back in the UK in 19 years as I was a part of the Balkan Holidays overseas team, so my knowledge of UK roads is pretty terrible.
My GPS, which I have named Shirley, does get screamed at a lot. I hate bus lanes. They seem to love Shirley – she always puts me in one!
Roald Dahl. Imagine what our two wacky creative minds would come up with! It would be a magical day
on the road together, that’s for sure.
As I haven’t been on the road for long, I am yet to find a favourite, but I do love the ones that have a Greggs.
You can’t beat a sausage roll when you’ve been stuck in traffic for hours.
Everyone loves our fluorescent yellow lip balms and of course the Post-its – I like to call them our secret weapon.
And when there’s a chance to go all crazy, I love a themed visit.
At Halloween, I gave out ghoul eyes and jelly spiders, and this Christmas my agents got advent calendars.
What are your hobbies?
I love my telly, especially reality shows, so I have a good catch-up with that.
I would love to be a soap star! I always thought I could be a long-lost member of the Dingle family in Emmerdale.
I really want to enter the Eurovision Song Contest – I don’t care which country I represent.
For my travel bucket list, it has to be Latin America. Argentina is my ultimate dream.
I want to embrace the amazing culture of this beautiful country by being in the middle of the hustle and bustle with the locals, eating delicious food and, of course, dancing the night away to great music.
Our values are represented by the fact that we’ve been around for 54 years and agents have been selling us all that time.
We have so many. The ones I always ensure I convey are our low deposits of £49pp, that we are a specialist tour operator with charter flights from 18 UK airports and that we offer the best value beach and ski holidays to a country that I worked in and loved for many years, Bulgaria.
Our products are easy to sell and suit all requirements.
If you’d like one of us to come and see you, then give us a call. We’d be happy to spread the Balkan love further.