The Secret Lives of Spafaxians: Kristina Velan

By April 14th, 2015

untitled-3799 (1)How long have you been working at Spafax?

Two and a half years

What’s your title and which office do you call home?

I’m based in Montreal and I’m a two-for-one deal: Data & Content Analyst / Editor.

What is the best thing about your work?

I like that my two roles are so different. As Editor, I get to collaborate with Spafaxians from our 15 offices, which are spread across 11 countries, in order to tell our story. As Data & Content Analyst, I face the challenge of being a “data narrator”, in other words, extracting value from data and translating it into something that’s meaningful in the real world.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I don’t know if I would call this a hobby but I’m a volunteer high school math tutor. I help out with the annual holiday Shoebox Project, which Spafax has participated in for the past two years! I was a communications volunteer for Canadian Olympic Committee at the London and Sochi Olympics (check out my “postcard” for more info). Speaking of the Olympics, I like to stay in shape. Over the years, I’ve been an avid runner, spinner, tennis player, and yogi. Did I mention I love to travel? I’ve lived in four cities and visited every continent except Antarctica.

If you could interview a person (anyone dead or live) who would it be and why?

Myself in 20 years — hopefully I’m still alive! So much has changed over the past few decades, I’d love to know what the world will be like in 2035.

Describe your dream vacation.

Space travel. It would be out of this world.

Name five essential travel items.

  • Laceless shoes (for convenience)
  • Leggings or sweatpants. I don’t understand why some women wear dresses on planes…it’s a flight not a fashion show.
  • Water bottle
  • Phone charger
  • Neck pillow. I had the same one for 8 years and recently left it on a flight after it fell into the crevice between the window and the seat. That was a sad day.

What is the first thing you do when you fly?

Take off my shoes — I admit it. Comfort is key, especially on long haul flights. I’ve never received a complaint so I assume (hope) I haven’t offended anyone. Then I check the IFE. I like to watch the stuff that isn’t easy to find elsewhere.

Which airline feature do you consider the most important?

  1. Safety
  2. Friendly seat neighbors who don’t mind getting up if I have to use the washroom (I prefer window seats).
  3. Liquid hand soap. Nothing is worse — especially if you’re somewhat of a germophobe — than going to wash your hands and realizing the dispenser is empty.

What is the thing you miss most on an airline and would like to be able to watch/use when flying?

With more and more planes becoming equipped with Wi-Fi, there’s almost nothing to miss while flying (except for legroom)!