Photographs & Memories – Peter Gerstle – Growing up as a transatlantic kid

Alexandra Fjällman

Our next guest was inspired as a kid by his relatives in Switzerland working in hospitality, where on becoming an adult chose to go to hotel school – and readily admits;

“hospitality is a really hard business”.

In this episode, our memory maker saw the maiden voyage and final flight of  Concord in NYC and London, as he hovered between two continents having been born in the US by European parents.


Peter Gerstle has worked in travel with IHG, EasyJet, Pegasus and Coillinsons. He shares his memories of being a transatlantic child passing through Iceland regularly and the lessons he’s learnt from travelling

It all tends to work out.”

He swears by his approach to travel –

“May all your wishes come true bar one, to always have something to strive for and look forward to. On everyone’s bucket list you should never see everything.”


Listen to Peter Gerstle’s stories and how a cake came to end up at Everest base camp and why for him it’s important to take your travels back home through a souvenir to extend the memory. 



Our Memory Makers choose three photographs and a treasured souvenir of places or people from their travels. The four represent moments of particular importance to them, whether personally or professionally. They take us on a journey, reflecting on the significance of a specific moment in time, the sentiment of the period, and what was going on in the world around us. 

Produced by Travel Market Life, a Haynes MarComs series. Hosted and sponsored by Atomize. 

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