October Employee of the Month: James O’Brien

Hometown: Port Moody, B.C.

Favourite Attributes: My ability to grow a beard.

Languages: French, English

Favourite Travel Destination:  Taveuni Island, Fiji (the garden island of the country – one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen)

What countries have you travelled to? U.S., Mexico, UK, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia,  Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Singapore.

Why Do You Travel? For me, travel is the purest form of adventure. Adventure gives me the strongest and most satisfying feeling of nirvana; an addiction I’ll never be able to kick.  I travel to push my boundaries and to get the thrill of experiencing new things.  It’s all to get my fix of adventure! ……. oh and of course to make my friends back home jealous too 😉


First introduced to us by his cousin and legendary former Free & Easy leader Ben O’Brien, Mr. October is known for popping out Dad Jokes for hours at a time and spending all his free time in the ocean. A talented spear-fisher, surfer, scuba diver, free-diver and rescue diver, this is the man you want by your side for any and all ocean fun. An eternally sunny disposition and infectious smile make James O’Brien much beloved by his past and current trip members.

Known for spinning tall tales and keeping people guessing (was he REALLY a dolphin trainer before joining Free & Easy?) James has a vast reservoir of random of facts. His particular specialty is his celestial knowledge – so plop down next to him on the crater rim of Mount Rinjani, look up at the stars, and let him take you to another galaxy with stories about far off constellations.


Currently rocking it out in Southeast Asia, should you run into James, we dare you to ask him about his Lucky Butt Stitches. Travel with him and you’re in for some good laughs, great times, and epic adventures!

If you’ve been on a trip with James, help him win TourRadar’s 2016 Guide of the Year by reviewing your trip with him as your guide –> http://www.tourradar.com/guide/jamesobrien-169

Also follow along on his adventures on Instagram @jamsob or on the FnEZ snapchat at @insideFNEZ.

“James O’Brien is the best guide ever! He made this a trip to remember and made sure everyone had the time of their lives. Props to James!” -Trip Member Natasha Scott

Leave a Reply