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#YourIIG caught up with Yolandi Rex, Insurance Relationship Manager at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (Pty) Ltd. Here’s what she had to say..
Have you ever travelled overseas before and which is your favourite destination?
Yes. I have travelled to the UAE and Singapore but have not yet found my “favourite” destination. Both places are unique in their own way. I would, however, like to experience Greece and Turkey sometime.
What is your favourite thing to do on an aeroplane?
Usually, I like to engage with other passengers flying with me and make a new friend or two. You will be amazed by all the interesting people travelling with you and what their lives entail.
Why have you decided to join IIG Global 2019?
I haven’t… The IIG Global 2019 picked me! (I was the Constantia lucky draw winner at the 77th Annual Dinner last year November). Honestly, I was only exposed to the Insurance Institute of Gauteng late last year (2018) and it felt like another world opened up to me! I wanted to engage with the industry on as many levels as possible and little that I know that my business card entry would result in the IIG International Trip. I think it will actually become more real to me the moment that I actually step foot on the plane, I can hardly wait!
If you had one travel tip for first-time travellers what would it be?
Have a checklist, not just of the items that you will need to pack but of the things that you would like to experience on your trip and try to get to experience those things.
What are you looking forward to the most on this trip?
The destinations are great and there is so much to look forward to in just the total experience all at once and what this trip has to offer. However, I am mostly looking forward to the company visits and to gain insights on how they conduct business in their Insurance Industries / Silos.
Tell us something fun about yourself that most people don’t know.
I used to be a pianist and entertain crowds while being a waitress at a restaurant and I use to give piano lessons to primary school kids. Sadly that was more than 15 years ago and would now probably scare away crowds if I had to play all of a sudden now..
What is the one thing that you cannot travel without?
My phone WITH a power bank…. (and maybe 2 credit cards)
If you could live in any other country where would you live?
I would remain in South Africa. We have a beautiful and diverse country and I admire the bold steps that true South Africans has taken to make our country what it is today, we have come a long way.
What country has the best food?
My kitchen, my house in South Africa! My husband loves to experiment with different dishes, meals and flavours etc. But if I have to choose a country it would probably be anything Asian!
What is your least favourite thing about travelling?
How will u be putting the SA in USA?
I think one always needs to be open-minded when you travel abroad and be open to experience different unusual things like food and cultural activities that you are not custom to. I am going to drench myself completely into this experience on every level possible, engage with as many people as I possibly could and have as much fun as anybody can have.
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