One could forgive Thor for not engaging a tour guide in Asgard, it is, after all, his home town. Still, having lived in both New York City and in San Francisco I can attest to the fact that taking a tour in one’s city can be a blast. New restaurants, unseen museums, lovely possibilities. In San Francisco we have the Golden Gate Bridge, in Asgard they have the Bifrost, two beautiful bridges worth seeing (if one of them hadn’t already been destroyed by a fire demon).
ITMI has become my family. One that has the same passions as me. We all truly love interacting with others, breaking down those barriers just to be human to human. Bringing our unique skills and ideas, we all have our own intimacy with travel, and I am so thankful to have met and get to know these people with same mindsets as me. I am so happy we have officially graduated with our certification!
It all started innocently enough, about a year ago, over pizza. My wife and I had been invited to go on vacation, to Walt Disney World and on a cruise, with two friends….another tour guide and his wife, a meeting planner. For the purposes of this article I’ll call them Jim and Jane, because those are their names.
If you are a travel lover who fears being stuck, then you should consider tour guiding and other career options available that offer a solid living and feed that insatiable travel bug.
A hurricane hit Cabo and it wasn't my fault. I’ve been known to throw an unintentional monkey wrench into our plans (more on that later), but this vacation was smooth sailing. Like most of our trips this one was planned to the last detail by my dedicated tour guide and wife.
Every day is a new adventure, one that requires flexibility and an expansive set of skills. Mastery of the basics only goes so far. Exceptional Tour Guides and Tour Directors wear numerous hats to ensure everybody has a positive experience. Variety makes this job one of the most fulfilling in the world.
I will admit that I used to fear traveling because I preferred the comfort of the familiar. I could easily have made the same mistakes and inadvertently embarked on the path to uglydom. My saving grace was a savvy, adventurous and joyous traveling partner. The lessons I learned from her cannot be understated.
It may be a strange place for a Canadian to end up for their winter vacation – well, unless you’re a snow bird that is! Due to North America’s sheer size few locals concentrate on their own backyard and instead dream of exotic lands far, far away. So when some fellow tour director friends of mine decided to fly into Las Vegas and drive to Flagstaff for an adventure, how could I say no?
Though I have only recently learned the love of travel, as the spouse of an explorer, I have two choices: 1) Support and encourage her wanderlust, or 2) don’t. When it comes to our lives together, I have found that it is much more rewarding to support her wanderlust than to miss the bus.
Despite their differences in education and interests, most tour directors and tour guides share one common characteristic: they're just plain fun to be around.
Here are five things to remember when speaking in front of a motorcoach tour group or group of your peers.
As a certified tour director or tour guide, you will satisfy your wanderlust and get paid doing it. There is no age limit. In fact, many of the most successful tour directors / tour guide excel by drawing from their life experience and previous careers.
Travel and make a difference in the world. Travel bridges geographical distances and cultural differences. #itmimakesadifference #itmicreatingbridges #traveljobs
Zoe is one of a growing number of young people who want to see the world, experience other cultures and make a difference. The explosive growth of the student tour and multi-generational segments of the tourism industry have created a high demand for college students and recent college graduates with a spirit of adventure and an outgoing personality, who can lead tour groups around the world.
Evan Kilgore holds a fine arts degree in musical theatre and has worked as a freelance actor, singer and recording artist. While he was a student, he had the opportunity to take school trips to Europe, where he developed a passion for travel and the fascinating cultural experiences it offers.
A tour director is the link in between visitors and locals, we encourage people to travel and appreciate cultural differences, and the more we appreciate our differences in the world, the more peaceful we will be, we will tend to make more friends from other cultures, therefore it is harder to develop negative feelings about different nationalities or cultures.