Sean Martin is the General Manager of Student Flights and My Adventure Travel, two Australian travel agencies specialising in discount youth travel and adventure travel respectively.
Sean has travelled to over 55 countries and worked in the travel industry for more than 15 years. A tenacious leader, Sean started his career as a travel manager at STA Travel after being knocked back by Flight Centre not once but twice, and as they say, third time’s a charm. Determined to work at Flight Centre knowing that the company had a reputation for developing and fostering leadership talent, Sean has since progressed in the company to where he is today, overseeing the Student Flights and My Adventure Travel brands nationally as GM, a position he has held for the last three years.
Having worked across several of Flight Centre Travel Group’s many brands Sean has been a travel manager and team leader for FCM in Sydney, a team leader at Corporate Traveller, Flight Centre area leader in both Canberra and Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, before moving into his current position in Brisbane.
Sean says the reason he entered into the travel industry and chose Flight Centre was that he wanted to have a career where he could make a positive difference in people’s lives and that’s what happens when you get to encourage people to travel and see the world.
“I also find that sharing my experiences and mentoring my team to develop and progress in their own careers and seeing the results of that is one of the most rewarding parts of the job,” says Sean.
His favourite way to travel is in small group tours because of their focus on becoming immersed in a region’s culture and experiencing authentic interactions with the local community. As an experienced diver, Sean enjoys to travel by sailboat, diving in places like Italy’s Amalfi Coast and around the tropical coral islands of the Maldives. Sean is also an avid cyclist and supports charities close to his heart; in 2016 he rode 450 kilometers over three days from London to Paris in memory of a friend’s brother. He’s also volunteered for over 10 years at St Canice soup kitchen in his hometown of Sydney.
Sean grew up in a family with a mum who needed the assistance of free legal aid when he was a child and knows the importance of this cause better than most. He says that had his mother not been able to access the legal help when she did, it is possible he would not be where he is today which is why he is excited and honored to have the opportunity to support such a worthy cause.
Time to dust off the old tap shoes (just kidding, Sean has zero dance training so this should be a bit of a laugh for everyone involved).