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Africa trip stories


Small group Botswana safari

Wayne Mwango "The most special time I have with my guests is always when we are stargazing at night… It is a lovely time just talking about stars, or not talking a lot and just looking at them."

Read the full interview with Wayne Mwango here

Namibia and Botswana safari

Cronje Rademan "We’ve a saying that we often tell clients, to prepare them for how things work in Africa: When God created the earth he gave Europe the watch - and Africa the time."

Read the full interview with Cronje Rademan here

South Africa safari

Will Fox "The three most important things to have in your daypack are a camera, binoculars and hat. But, safari isn’t all about sight and is a very sensory experience."

Read the full interview with Will Fox here

Gorilla Safari & the Masai Mara

Often Konzoro "Where we camp there is no fence. One time, lions came into the campsite; we could hear them roaring…"

Read the full interview with Often Konzoro here

Morocco cycling vacation

Andy McKee "I feel that I'm introducing tourists to the Moroccan people that I know. That sort of thing makes you feel proud to be a tour leader."

Read the full interview with Andy McKee here

Kenya and Tanzania safari adventure

Peter Kiptoo "You have a campfire, you’re telling stores, people have a beer... and out of nowhere a zebra passed by. The lions brought down the zebra around 100m away."

Read the full interview with Peter Kiptoo here

Family tour to Morocco

Mohamed Merri "I love personally seeing the contact of the kids with the locals - other kids - on the markets."

Read the full interview with Mohamed Merri here


Antarctica & Arctic tour leader interviews


Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia icebreaker cruises

Charlotte Caffrey "Penguins have an amazing language that they seem to talk to one another all day long and when you get a lot in a colony there’s a very loud chatter."

Read the full interview with Charlotte Caffrey here

Antarctica expedition cruise

Bill Davies "Some leaders at the start of the trip tear up their itineraries! Something unexpected happens every day."

Read the full interview with Bill Davies here


Asia tour leader interviews


China small group tour

Ian Richards "One of the most unexpected things on this trip was when we climbed the Great Wall at Mutianyu and we could see Beijing it was so clear"

Read the full interview with Ian Richards here

Small group Laos vacation

Krista Routledge "The sound of drumming to signal to the monks in saffron robes to come out and collect the alms – that is magical."

Read the full interview with Krista Routledge here

Highlights of Vietnam vacation

Dave Hardy "One of my favourite viewpoints on this trip is from the top of Ti Top Island in Halong Bay. You have to climb about 450 steep steps but it is well worth it."

Read the full interview with Dave Hardy here

Small group tours to Vietnam and Cambodia

Nikki Zimbler "Yesterday, a guy on our tour said: ‘I can totally see why you live in Asia. It’s the people.’ He was just blown away."

Read the full interview with Nikki Zimbler here

Sri Lanka wildlife and whales tour

Neelaka "I would like to introduce our greeting in Sri Lanka. We say ‘Ayubowan’, meaning ‘may you have a long and happy life’."

Read the full interview with Neelaka here

Family vacation to Thailand, jungles and islands

Wi Ord "In Chiang Mai it’s not unusual to be given strawberries dipped in salt and chili – I think it’s safe to say that’s an acquired taste!"

Read the full interview with Wi Ord here

Japan golden route vacation

James Mundy "Asakusa isn’t the full on neon in your face side of Tokyo. It eases you into the city."

Read the full interview with James Mundy here

Small group vacation to Burma

Wi Ord "You hear the monks chanting to the temple bells and the young nuns, who are just little girls, are quite often singing the prayers."

Read the full interview with Wi Ord here

India small group food adventure

Saurabh Joshi "People travel here for stories. If they want luxury, they can go to Bahamas. If you come to India, you’ll get stories."

Read the full interview with Saurabh Joshi here

Japan small group vacation

Tyler Palma "One of my favourite places to take people for a drink in Kyoto is an old bar run by an old lady, who tallies up the bills on an abacus."

Read the full interview with Tyler Palma here

Vietnam small group cycling vacation

Danh Nguyen "In Vietnam any problem can be solved by being happy and smiling. It makes the local people laugh."

Read the full interview with Danh Nguyen here

The Essence of China vacation

Dennis "They find out it’s very different to what they expected. There are so many people here who are so happy with their lives."

Read the full interview with Dennis here

Japan tailor made tour on a shoestring

Ruth Hubbard "Up in the Hakone National Park, they boil eggs in the naturally hot water. They say that eating one of those eggs lengthens your life by five years."

Read the full interview with Ruth Hubbard here

Family vacation in Vietnam

Khanh Dinh "Xin chao - you go down at the end, and it means hello. If you say Xin chao and go up - it means you are asking for rice porridge!"

Read the full interview with Khanh Dinh here

Rajasthan tours, India

Bhupesh "You have to divest yourself of the cultural trappings that you bring from your own homes. India is indeed a feast for the soul."

Read the full interview with Bhupesh here

Indochina tours

Nathan "I have so many souvenirs from Laos, but the things that my passengers and I always buy are cotton trousers, which we call 'happy pants'!"

Read the full interview with Nathan here

Reunification Express vacation, Vietnam

Khanh Dinh "'Cheers', in Vietnamese is mot hai ba dzo... I tell my groups they need to practise their Vietnamese every day!"

Read the full interview with Khanh Dinh here


Caribbean tour leader interviews


Trinidad and Tobago nature tours

Vivianne McGrath "One of the best local words is ‘limin’, which just means chilling out. Everyone limes in Trinidad and Tobago."

Read the full interview with Vivianne McGrath here

Cuba small group vacations

Yazel Peterssen "The most useful words I can teach my guests are “Un mojito, por favor” and “bailamos?” [shall we dance?]"

Read the full interview with Yazel Peterssen here


Central America tour leader interviews


Costa Rica wildlife vacation

Johnny Villalobos Munoz "On this trip you get rid of all your problems, of all the stress, and surround yourself in the middle of all the green."

Read the full interview with Johnny Villalobos Muñoz here


Europe tour leader interviews


Sea kayaking in Croatia

Amir Aganovic "“The highlight of our trip is paddling out to the caves. Some people jump directly from the kayaks then we swim into the cave.”"

Read the full interview with Amir Aganovic here

Northern Lights tailor made

Ali McLean "How do I relax locally when I’m not working? Visiting the sauna and cross-country skiing – fully embracing what the locals do to relax."

Read the full interview with Ali McLean here

Cirali Beach guesthouse, Turkey

Serkan Cetin "You can smell the fresh bread being made; you can hear the gentle waves of the sea, and when you look up, the sky is a huge starscape."

Read the full interview with Serkan Cetin here

Amalfi Coast walking vacation, Italy

Emily Chrystie "People are very surprised by how simple many of the locals’ lives are. A lot of people still live a subsistence lifestyle."

Read the full interview with Emily Chrystie here

Family kayaking in Croatia

Amir Aganovic “It is great to see families bonding on the water, spending time together in this way. That is the soul of this job.”

Read the full interview with Amir Aganovic here

Northern lights short break in Finland

Ali McLean "Gazing in wonderment at the Northern Lights from a remote cabin high on a Lappish Fell. It doesn’t get any better than that."

Read the full interview with Ali McLean here

Activity vacation in Montenegro

Emma Heywood "The scenery around Lake Skadar is on a par with what I have seen in Africa or in Asia."

Read the full interview with Emma Heywood here

Scotland by railway vacation

Robert Kidd "You leave the rest of the world behind when you take the famous West Highland line, heading off onto Rannoch Moor and Glencoe."

Read the full interview with Robert Kidd here

Finland winter activities & Northern Lights

Tessa Kokkonen "You really feel connected with your huskies; they are taking care of you and you are taking care of them."

Read the full interview with Tessa Kokkonen here

Vienna to Budapest tour

Matthew Starr "It’s a golden opportunity to get to know people. Try the food, listen to our recommendations. That’s what we’re there for."

Read the full interview with Matthew Starr here


South America tour leader interviews


Peru small group tour in Southern Peru

Nicola Gude "The Inca architecture is so tactile; when you see the stones you just want to touch them because they’re so smooth and so beautifully placed together."

Read the full interview with Nicola Gude here

Galapagos vacations, Ecuador

Davis Paez "My wife and I like to go traveling. But after Galapagos, honestly, it would be hard to find a better place."

Read the full interview with Davis Paez here

Family teenager vacation in Peru

Cesar Velasco "People think they are going to see llamas and alpacas everywhere, that they'll arrive into Cuzco and they'll see them in the main square."

Read the full interview with Cesar Velasco here

Buenos Aires to Rio small group vacation

Yamila Barba "Everybody has their special place in the world, and for me it’s Iguazu Falls. It changes all the time."

Read the full interview with Yamila Barba here

Galapagos land based adventure vacation

Juan Zambonino "Most people don't know about the local culture; they don't think anyone lives here - but there are 29,000 people!"

Read the full interview with Juan Zambonino here


Family vacation tour leader interviews


Family vacation to Thailand, jungles and islands

Wi Ord "In Chiang Mai it’s not unusual to be given strawberries dipped in salt and chili – I think it’s safe to say that’s an acquired taste!"

Read the full interview with Wi Ord here

Family teenager vacation in Peru

Cesar Velasco "People think they are going to see llamas and alpacas everywhere, that they'll arrive into Cuzco and they'll see them in the main square."

Read the full interview with Cesar Velasco here

Family vacation in Vietnam

Khanh Dinh "Xin chao - you go down at the end, and it means hello. If you say Xin chao and go up - it means you are asking for rice porridge!"

Read the full interview with Khanh Dinh here

Family tour to Morocco

Mohamed Merri "I love personally seeing the contact of the kids with the locals - other kids - on the markets."

Read the full interview with Mohamed Merri here
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