Our client, Captain Taso, has been traveling the world for 30 years communicating with clouds, rain, lightening, and the atmosphere above our lovely planet Earth. Sounds amazing right? Well, as everything has it’s pros and cons, so does his career. Taso loves what he does and wouldn’t change it for the world, but the biggest con he must encounter frequently is leaving his home for months on end, while sleeping in foreign beds, and worrying about how to take care of things while being in two places at the same time; work and home. As we know, a teleport doesn’t exist yet (or does it??) and that option isn’t possible. Luckily he found YouTravel i Care to cushion the con and make it a pro!
Thanks for being with us today Taso.
You have been a Captain in the sky for 30 years! You also train pilots in flight simulation schools around the world. That’s a lot of flying!
Why did you become a pilot?
From a small child I was in love with airplanes. I used to draw airplanes in school and would stare up at the sky to see them any chance I had.
So my dreams had to become realty because there was nothing else that I ever wanted to do.
How did you become a pilot? What did you study?
I didn’t become a pilot right away. I wanted to understand first how an airplane actually flies. For three years I studied aircraft engineering in Oxford, England. Then I went to Vero Beach, Florida in the United States to get certified as an actual pilot. And my dream to fly began after that! And it has been 30 years already.
Time really doe fly! What is your favorite part of being a pilot?
First and foremost, the traveling! You always see new places and meet new people. Different cultures, philosophies… You recognize different things about yourself. Every day is something different, a new day with new experiences. Most of your life you are in the air, with nature and communicating with the rain, wind, lightening…
What is the most interesting place you have flown to or over?
When I was a young pilot I remember flying over Cape Canaveral in Florida. I got a special clearance to directly fly over the Air Force Station. It was an experience of a lifetime. As if soon, you will be on your way to the moon!
What about the most difficult flight you have had?
One of the most dangerous flights, was flying over Afghanistan during a period of war. It was like a movie, cinematic experience. I was in an environment of enemy wartime. Even in those times, it was still a necessary trip and an experience all in all.
That must have been scary
Oh yes, scary, it was. It had a mix of every emotion.
What is your favorite country that you have been to?
The most interesting country I have been to is India. I work there now as an instructor. I train new co-pilots. I love the people’s philosophy, communicating with society, and watching how they live their lives. You feel as though every day you can learn many things about yourself there. I believe that India is the perfect place for those that want to discover more about themselves.
How is the food?
It is pretty strange for those of us that are accustom to Mediterranean food. It’s spicer, that is for sure. But their base for most dishes, rice, helps me very much internally. I really like their food… spicy, but I like it!
What is a city or country that you have not been to and you would love to fly to?
Australia! I have never been and really want to fly there. Someday I believe that I will go there.
What is life like being a pilot?
It is interesting, tiring, demanding. It has a little of everything. The one thing it doesnt’ have is boredom. When you love what you do, you get a taste of everything and enjoy it. Different people, countries, food… and a different way of life than what you are used to. The one thing is that you don’t know where you will be tomorrow. One day you are in Paris, then suddenly you are in Dubai, then Israel, then suddenly you are on your way to Africa. It is totally unexpected!
You are gone for long periods of time then huh?
Yes, recently I have been away from Greece for 2-3 months.
I’ll return for 15-20 days, then I leave again. The last two years, this is how my life has been.
How did you hear about You Travel i Care and decide to try it?
I learned about it from an old co-worker when I worked for Olympic Airways. She started this business and let me know that she is was trying something new that will help many people that have a career just like mine. Basically, that leave their homes for long periods of time. Those who leave behind certain responsibilities, and are always thinking did I do this or that, did I pay this? Who will take are of my pet? What about my plants? Will my house be ok while I am gone? I always thought this way so I figured I would try it!
You have been working with us for 6 months now! What services do we provide for you that make you feel secure when you are away?
Taking care of my rabbit.
When I say take care, I mean literally in every way. You take care of her in your own space. If she needs to go to the Vet, you are there for that as well.
I always feel safe, that all will be well with my rabbit and she will be happy.
Paying all my new incoming bills that I don’t pay online.
I used to come home and my electricity was cut off, or my water…Now I feel safe that someone is there to take care of all of that while I am away and I can come home and take a shower!
Taking me to the airport. I feel like someone really cares about me! They take me, they are there waiting for me when I return to take me home. Going back and forth to the airport is tiring, so when someone is waiting for me, it makes me feel more comfortable.
Taking care of my house plants. I used to return and they were all dead and dried up!
Picking up my mail and bringing it inside.
It used to pile up and it’s not good for others to see that there is so much mail because they will know that you are away and that leaves your home vulnerable to burglary.
Running to the Supermarket and arranging for House Cleaning.
My home is clean when I return with certain foods in my fridge so I don’t have to run to the supermarket. I return so tired so that is really important to me.
Taking care of any secretarial needs. The last time I was away, you helped with all the paperwork for the sale of one of my homes, ran to the bank, helped pay my taxes, picked up certain documents…. Anything to do with insurance etc… I am certain that everything is taken care of.
They simply emanate an energy of safety and assurance that when I am gone, all is good back at home.
I see that we CARE a lot! (wink wink)
Do you have a specific assistant you work with or many?
The last 6 months, I have had the same personal assistant. She knows exactly what my needs are and I like that. Our working relationship is flawless.
Why do you recommend You Travel i Care?
I recommend it, without a doubt, to someone who does similar work like mine, or simply is away from home for long periods of time. It is so important to be away from home, but feel that you still are at home. I may be in India, but I feel as though I am here, in Greece, taking care of everything that needs to be done and that a person exists to help me and take care of everything just as I would do for myself.
We are happy that we can do that for you and we look forward to taking care of you more in the future. After all, it’s in our name: You Travel, i care. Happy New Year!