Amy Foyster is the Global Content Specialist at Intrepid Travel, a company offering travellers more than 1,000 trips in over 120 countries.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
I studied journalism at university and took a job straight after graduating as the editor of a small, industry trade magazine.
From there, I moved into the education sector as a content coordinator, before moving to Intrepid Travel nearly 3 years ago. I started out as a copywriter in the APAC Marketing team and am now the Global Content Specialist in the Global Brand Team.
2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
It’s been pretty up and down lately due to COVID-19, but ordinarily my role could include anything from writing and editing website or blog content, social media content, developing content strategies, creating projects like e-books or podcasts, interviewing talent for articles, planning content shoots on locations around the world (and then going on them!), marketing copy and eDMs – you name it, we do it!
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
Absolutely. Intrepid has always been very supportive of flexible and remote working, so even before the pandemic I would often choose to work at home if I had a lot of writing to do and didn’t want to be distracted by my wonderful colleagues.
This is helpful as a creative, as sometimes you need the stimulation of people around you, but other times you really just need to focus and not have your flow interrupted. In terms of work-life balance and routine, Intrepid are great at letting us fit work around our day and many people in our office adapt their hours to suit family and lifestyle.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
For me it’s important that I love my work and when I am working I am fully focussed on what I am doing.
But it’s also important to me that I have a life outside of work – so that means ensuring I have time to really switch off from work and do things I enjoy and are important to my physical and mental health like spend time with loved ones, exercise, cook dinner and still have a bit of time to just relax at home.
5) What do you think are some of the best habits or routines that you’ve developed over the years to help you achieve success in your life?
Daily exercise is important for me. I feel so much better physically and mentally if I get even 30 mins of exercise in per day – even if it’s just a walk or something to get me moving. Also, being organised for the week on a Sunday.
As fun as it is to just socialise and relax all weekend, if I go back to work on Monday and haven’t bought any groceries or done any washing or cleaning for the week, I always regret it and feel behind the 8-ball.
So an ‘hour of power’ of cleaning on a Sunday, a basic grocery shop and having lunches for work on Monday sorted out is essential for me, at a minimum.
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
Podcasts: I love listening to anything about travel. I religiously listen to Hamish and Andy every week – no matter what mood I am in, they always cheer me up and are just a great escape.
Shameless is also a good light one, particularly their interviews, same as Just the Gist by Rosie Waterland. And then I also enjoy true stories/ crime – who doesn’t – like ABC’s Trace, Teacher’s Pet, Serial, This American Life and anything by Ester Perel if I am in the mood etc
Books: If I had to name my favourite books, I am an old school Harry Potter fan from way back. Otherwise I love most page-turners, interesting biographies and historical fiction. Last year I joined a Book Club, so have been reading a lot more chick lit than I normally would – but surprisingly loving it! At the moment, we are reading Pachinko, which I would highly recommend.
7) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?
Surround myself with people that bring out the best in me.
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
That’s a tough one. I think anyone who works in a busy, high-pressure job and has children is incredible. Not having children yet myself, I am in awe of the supermums and dads out there who do both!
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
I personally believe everyone has a different threshold for what is manageable for them. What is a good balance for me, might not be for someone else and that’s okay.
It’s important that everyone works out what is right for them and finds a workplace that shares the same values as they do.
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