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Ross Pakes

Senior Product Manager

About Ross

A Dorset boy – born and raised. When I left school, I travelled just over 100 miles, which seemed epic at the time, to study at, what would later become, Cheltenham University. Degrees in hand, I set off to travel the world with two school friends. Returning to Cheltenham, my first taste of working in the travel industry was at an engineering company – working on A380 landing gear. I joined A&K in 2007 as a facilities administrator and have worked my way up through to rank to my current position – looking after Asia and Australasia.

Talking points

What's your favourite destination?

Myanmar, it is like nothing else in Southeast Asia, rapidly changing, it still retains an old-world charm

Which destination is top of your bucket list, and why?

South America

How many languages do you speak?

One and a bit

Which five items do you always pack when travelling?

My phone, my music, my notebook, an open mind, and ideally my family

What's your top travel tip?

Go to an authentic coffee shop or bar and people-watch, you can take in so much of your surroundings and watch the local people interacting around you