Tour Guide’s holiday in Paraguay

On a break from working as a tour guide, I was travelling from Brazil to Peru. The border between Brazil and Paraguay was closed. The Peoples’ Army of Paraguay had sealed the ironically-named ‘Bridge of Friendship’ with a makeshift barrier in protest at Brazilian traders (“sacoleiros”) buying cheap goods to sell at a big profit Read more about Tour Guide’s holiday in Paraguay[…]

Travelling family secrets

How to travel with grown up kids Nowadays more and more families are travelling than ever before, and where once, adults would leave their children at home in the care of grandparents or relatives, these days families travel together. Many destinations offer activities specifically for young adults. Where once there was an ‘animator’ for young Read more about Travelling family secrets[…]

Grannies and gap years

If you’re a grandparent, you’ll know how it feels to be concerned about your grandchildren’s future. You’ll also know that there are some basic life skills that are relevant outside of work. Skills like communication, leadership, and responsibility. The Tour Guide Course includes all of these, plus first aid and coping in emergencies, as well Read more about Grannies and gap years[…]

Three ways to combat overtourism

Only three ways to combat overtourism? There are more, but let’s keep things simple First, what is overtourism? (Photo courtesy of Lisa Cronin)   Overtourism is a term that has come into regular use in the English language relatively recently. Only a few years ago the standard response to increasing numbers of tourists would have been Read more about Three ways to combat overtourism[…]

What To Expect Of Your Tour Group Leaders by Marty Sarbey de Souto

I find that many times group leaders are assigned because they’ve “been there before” or perhaps because they “sold the most tour members to sign up for the trip.” But neither of these attributes necessarily makes them the most effective leader. So what should a good leader bring to your travel project? My expectations are Read more about What To Expect Of Your Tour Group Leaders by Marty Sarbey de Souto[…]

Tour Manager’s layover in Kiev – what does a tour leader do on days off?

Two days in Kiev Golden domes of St Michael’s church Kiev? Where the chickens come from? I heard that old joke frequently before I set off via Barcelona for my short break in the city I have dreamed of seeing for over forty years. I was on what we tour leaders call a ‘layover’, a Read more about Tour Manager’s layover in Kiev – what does a tour leader do on days off?[…]

Guernsey or Spain? Update on previous post

I first wrote about my choice of Guernsey or Spain  a few years ago, and some things have changed since then. I’ve been a bit disappointed by Guernsey’s bus service, and getting to and from the island is now a bit of a nightmare due to ferry cancellations and a reduced choice of air services. Read more about Guernsey or Spain? Update on previous post[…]

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