An interview with Wayne Szczambura, Product Manager of ChilliMix Holidays. (Travel.Radio EP 12)

January 27, 2022

Time really flies when you’re having fun! We have now aired Season One’s final episode of our Travel Radio show, ‘Wish You Were Queer’.

The last 12 weeks have been quite the adventure, with 12 different LGBTQ influencers in the Hot Seat, 12 manic games of The Flying Handbag, lots of LGBTQ travel news and, of course, a plethora of curated pop hits.

Did Jamie’s Proud Package spark your interest this final week? We discovered some of the best holidays that are available for queer travellers. As homosexuality is still a crime in 70 countries, LGBTQ+ tour operator ChilliMix has a list of safe LGBTQ+ destinations on their website, from city breaks to beach holidays. 

Which brings us to our second Hot Seat guest, as in week 12 we had two very special interviews – Bob McGowen and Wayne Szczambura, Product Manager of ChilliMix Holidays. 

ChilliMix differs from other tour operators, with their strong focus on ensuring customers feel accepted and safe when they go on holiday. They provide contact apps and tons of research for their customers when they go away. We also found out what the most popular LGBTQ+ destinations are for different members of the LGBTQ+ community, from classics like Gran Canaria to more exclusive programmes, such as Thailand’s amazing drag scene!

Where to find out more about ChilliMix:

All Socials: ChilliMix Holidays 


A huge thank you to our wonderful host Jamie Greaves, all the amazing Hot Seat guests, and, of course, the team at Travel Radio – what an incredible station they’ve created. Here’s to Season Two (watch this space)!

You can watch all the previous Hot Seat interviews on our blog. You can also catch up ‘on demand‘ if you missed any of the shows (or just want to listen twice!).

Why not follow our Hot Seat Legends:

Week 1: Gareth Howells from internet sensation @hunsnet – @mrgarethhowells

Week 2: Carl Austin Behan; Former Mr Gay UK and Lord Mayor of Manchester – @carlaustinbehan

Week 3: Trans Role Model and Broadcaster; India Willoughby – indiawilloughby_real

Week 4: Stuart Haseley-Nejrup; Head of Customer Experience at Birmingham Airport, on LinkedIn.

Week 5: Gavin Bryce; Experienced management consultant, on LinkedIn.

Week 6: David Winterton; Global Director of Brand & Marketing. Emerald Cruises – @dave.winterton

Week 7: Jen Brister; Award-winning stand-up comedian – @bristercomedy

Week 8: Polly Shute; Co-Founder of Out and About LGBTQ @be.outandabout and Out & Wild Festival @outandwildlgbtq – @pollyshute 

Week 9: Xmas special with professional pantomime dame Michael J Batchelor – @mjbpanto 

Week 11: Felipe Cardenas, the chairman of the board of directors for the IGLTA, and also the CEO for the Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce – @pipecardenasg, on Twitter.

Week 12: Bob McGowan, Head of Guest Experience at Ambassador Cruise Lines; @londonbob and Wayne Szczambura; product manager of Chillimix Holidays; @wayne_szcz @chillimixholidays 

Visit Travel Radio to listen to the full show on-demand:

If you would like to just watch Wayne’s interview, here’s the video!


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