“I didn’t choose the Stray life, the Stray life chose me.”
That’s just a little saying we have amongst our big orange family, and it fits because working for and with Stray is more than just a job – it’s a way of life!
The Stray life definitely attracts certain special qualities in people too – people with a sizzling passion for travel and adventure, an enthusiasm for making a difference (doesn’t matter how big or small) in someone’s day and a commitment to sharing the fun with everyone they meet.
What does it mean to live the ‘Stray life’?
Work hard, play hard
Everyone at Stray is committed to making it the best experience for our customers, and believe it or not, there’s a LOT that goes on behind the scenes to keep the wheels on the bus going ‘round! But we love to cut loose with crazy industry dress up parties and legendary themed brochure launches when it’s time to announce a new product. It’s all part of the lifestyle!
Walk the walk
We practice what we preach in our everyday lives – going out on our own adventures and regularly experiencing Stray’s destinations and activities so we stay in touch with our customers. Stray even offers full time staff flexible work hours so everyone has the chance to play hard and walk the walk.
Sometimes things get weird and wild
And we’re not just talking about the parties. Since 2011, Stray has annually produced it’s very own ‘nudie’ calendar that shows off our crew’s assets at the most beautiful locations around the country. What started as a bit of a cheeky joke is now a time honoured tradition, and it’s definitely a staff rite of passage to make the calendar!
The Stray Family
We’re not joking when we call it a ‘family.’ Many of our drivers and staffers have been part of Stray for years. Many got their start as Driver Guides or temporary seasonal staff and decided to never leave!
A few examples are:
- Our visionary CEO, Brett ‘Taxi’ Hudson started as a Driver Guide who got on the wrong bus back in 2005, but ended up finding his way as NZ Operations Manager and the General Manager of New Zealand.
- Holly Blundell, with a sharp eye for detail heads up our Systems and Technology (aka ‘The Matrix), got her start as head of Reservations and later served as General Manager of Asia for 5 years.
- After starting out as a newbie Driver Guide many moons ago, Rory ‘Bagginz’ Wood now oversees our UK and Europe Sales. Not bad for a fresh faced guy rocking a perm in 2007!
- Our steadfast and stalwart Head Drivers Nat and Seagull will both mark the incredibly impressive milestone of 10 years on the road next year, the longest of any of our current road crew.
- Jenny Sinnecker was a German traveller on the bus in 2007 who ended up falling in love with both NZ and her Driver Guide, Nemo. This led to her managing The Barn in Abel Tasman and eventually becoming Stray’s Boss of Accounts. (She and Nemo are still together, with 2 kids too!)
We could go on…everyone’s story is a little different and yet they all share a common theme – we love what we do and we’re doing what we love!