March Employee of the Month: Toni Sweetland

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

 Favourite Attributes: I’m UNREAL at all things Karaoke related. I make amazing works of art on SnapChat. I can do a real mean Tom Delonge impression.

Languages: English

 Favourite Travel Destination: Sapa, Vietnam

 What countries have you travelled to? Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Mexico, M’erica 

Why Do You Travel? Travelling allows you to be fully immersed in the moment. There is no distraction of digital communication and a buzzing cell phone. Or that annoying voice in your head saying you need to wake up early for work tomorrow. Instead there are friendly fellow travellers down for some real life talking, and some really cool places just waiting for you to explore them!

A trip is the ultimate reward for hard work and saving up because you end up learning so much about yourself while you’re away. For instance, After years of tackling the finest of many wing nights, I learned very quickly that “hot” wings do NOT compare to any version of spicy you will ever find in Thailand. 

Travelling takes you out of your element and gives you the opportunity to gain some perspective on how other people live their daily life, as well as how you live yours. Most importantly, you learn what pieces of yourself you will bring home with you, and what pieces you will leave behind.

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Where should we start with Ms. Toni? First discovered when she joined us on a 40-day Thailand trip in 2013, it was her outstanding attitude and presence on our Vietnam trip the following year that really put her on our radar. Today, we couldn’t be more stoked to have her on board as a trip leader for the last 12 months! With her luscious beach mane, notorious “Stanky Leg” dance move, collection of sarongs, and love of a good party Toni Sweetland was meant to be a part of Team FnEZ!

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Southeast Asia is the perfect place for Toni, because she’s known to be a KARAOKE QUEEN! Her confidence allows her to conquer any stage, regardless of the venue, country, or even language! We can assure you that she’ll be the first on stage belting out hit after hit and probably re-enacting the whole music video – because she can, she’s that good! Her good-natured backpacker spirit allows her to see the best of any situation. She’s one of the most upbeat, hilarious, positive people we’ve traveled with. As one of her group members put it: “Toni was so enthusiastic. She absolutely loves her job and it shows. Her energy is contagious. She gave me an encouraging push to step out of my comfort zone and I did things I usually wouldn’t.”

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You can catch her out in Asia this Spring and Summer 2016 living the dream in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. When you see her, be sure to ask her about her YouTube Channel from high school – one of her videos even has 15,000 views! If you can’t make it all the way to Asia then check out the Free & Easy SnapChat @insidefnez…Toni is a self proclaimed “SnapChat Artist,” and makes hilarious appearances while she is leading trips!

If you’ve been on a trip with Toni, help her win TourRadar’s 2016 Guide of the Year by reviewing your trip with her –>http://www.tourradar.com/guide/tonisweetland-217

Also follow along on her adventures on Instagram  @tonisweetland or on the FnEZ snapchat at @insideFNEZ.

“Toni…where to begin…WHAT AN AWESOME HUMAN. I was apart of Toni’s very first group and if she didn’t let us know I wouldn’t have had any idea! Toni is the most upbeat, outgoing, wild girl I think I have ever met, and I absolutely love that about her! She makes everyone feel so welcome and really pushes people out of their comfort zone, in a good way!” -Trip Member Lauren

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