Geraldine O'Callaghan

Geraldine - Camino Communications ManagerJob Title: Communications Manager

Hobbies: Walking, Swimming


What is your favourite Camino holiday?

I love the Portuguese Coastal Way. It's a little quieter yet has all the amenities, I get to be by the sea and the walk itself is fairly flat.

What advice would you give to someone new to walking holidays?

Don't' be intimidated, you can take it at your own pace. Just get out on a few long walks in the weeks prior to your trip.

Outside of work what are you interested in?

I swim like a dolphin so any chance I get I'm in the pool, it's my meditation. I also love a bit of yoga and food. Always food!

Why do you like the Camino?

For me it's not necessarily about religion, it's about spirituality. I like the head space, getting away from the madness of city life and gaining some perspective.

What do you like about working in FTC/OFA?

I love working with such a dynamic team here at FTC, we're a nice bunch of optimists. Everyone's friendly and open and hearing 4 languages spoken daily in one office makes me feel like I could be anywhere on the continent.

How do you prepare for a walking holiday?

Get my behind off the sofa and out for walks in the evenings, gradually increasing the distance. Weekends I take longer walks and I make sure to break in my boots a few weeks before I'm off.

What do you admire about your colleagues?

I really admire colleagues whose first language isn't English. I think it's very brave to leave your comfort zone in search of growth and I see this is what they have done. Everyone on our team has different skills and talents so, they are all better than me at something. It's not hard to find something to admire.

As well as walking what are the advantages of a walking holiday?

I believe the best advantage is the sense of achievement. Looking back over your walk you can see where you started and with every little step how far you have come, in spite of challenges you may face. I see it as an anecdote for life!

Who are walking holidays suitable for?

Anyone who enjoys walking.

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