The Secret Lives of Spafaxians: Martín Echenique

By May 15th, 2015

Martin Echenique (Santiago)How long have you been working at Spafax?

1 year and 2 months

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

I’m one of the journalists working on LAN Airlines’ inflight magazine, in, at the beautiful Andes-facing Santiago office. I also manage the magazine’s Twitter and Instagram accounts — follow us!

What is the best thing about your work?

When I hear these magical words: “Martín, you’re going to (insert a destination here) to write a story”. I also love scouting pieces for in, the diversity of our features, and that I get to work with a superb and talented team.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I really enjoy cooking, watching Netflix (yes, you guessed it, House of Cards), or having a fun night out with friends. And reading!

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

Kim Jong-un. What an interesting interview that would be! He embodies all of the characteristics that make an interviewee very appealing from a journalistic standpoint. Plus, I’d love to visit Pyongyang.

Describe your dream vacation.

Anywhere, really. I’m not picky. As long as I’m in good company, a dream vacation could be anything from an unplanned weekend getaway to the beach to a fancy trip to the Seychelles. Why? Because what makes it a dream vacation is not how exotic the destination is, but the amazing memories that are created and treasured afterwards.

Name five essential travel items.

  • Camera (although a memory-free iPhone would be enough these days)
  • Notebook and pen
  • Bottle of pisco
  • Dictionary or a “Spanish to (insert foreign language here)” translation book
  • Cash (a lot of it, ideally!)

What is the first thing you do when you fly?

I open up the inflight magazine, go straight to the map route section and spend about 20 minutes linking cities with my fingertips. Then, I greet my seatmate.

Which airline feature do you consider the most important?

The inflight magazine, of course. (And the ticket price!)

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

Nothing, to be honest. I really love how flying makes me feel disconnected from what’s happening below.