What’s it like to be a fly-in-fly-out worker?

Karun Budhraja

Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, Amadeus Asia Pacific

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How would you feel about having a job that keeps you away from your family for up to five weeks at a time? This is the reality for many fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) workers like Julius. He’s a 45-year old oil and gas professional from the Philippines who often spends extended periods of time away from home, living at work sites.

Julius recognises the benefits of being a FIFO worker - the extended holiday time between trips and not to mention the travel opportunities, but there are also challenges. Spending a great deal of time away from loved ones definitely takes it toll.

FIFO personnel are a unique type of business traveller and they require the ultimate multi-modal trip, often using multiple forms of transport such as taxi, plane, helicopter and boat to reach areas off the beaten path.

In this video, Julius shares his experience about how his company plans his travels, what he does for rest and relaxation, and how he copes with spending extended periods of time on the road.

FIFO workers are set to influence the travel industry in Asia, as are a number of other travellers types identified in our Traveller Tribes 2030 reports. For more real-life traveller stories from Asia Pacific, visit the Amadeus Travel Lounge.


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