“It’s a city that doesn’t feel as big as it is,” said my uncle Brian, an avid outdoorsman and decades-long resident (and Melanie’s dad). Melanie compared the city to Phoenix, just two hours away: “We preserve our natural desert landscape,” she said. “If you look around Phoenix, there are a lot of lawns. People have …” She paused. “Grass.”
ITMI just opened registration for the 33rd Annual Symposium, held in Tucson, Arizona November 2-6, 2018. The Symposium is a one of-a-kind gather of Tour Companies and ITMI Certified Tour Directors & Guides.
Symposium is a way to reunite & network with your ITMI Community. Develop lasting friendships & partnerships with Tour Operators & Alumni...Join us to laugh, sing, dance & share stories to inspire you once more to make a difference in people's lives through travel.
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of ITMI. The people are wonderful, and their training is top notch. However, I never expected to say that I owe them my life. There are a lot of heroes out there. If you are already running tours, or if you’re thinking about taking up that mantle, I encourage you to take full advantage of the opportunities and advice provided by the folks at ITMI. A life could depend on it. Mine did.
ITMI honored to be named Top Code Member 3 Consecutive Years by ECPAT-USA
We made the leap for many reasons: death of a spouse or parent, retirement from a long career that enabled us to try something new and stay active, looking forward to social and intellectual gratification, joy in meeting new people and experiencing new places and cultures, and a desire to get paid for something we enjoy doing anyway are all motivations I’ve heard. Several people mentioned this is a great fit for their skillsets of working with people and organizing tasks and group activities
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).
Imagine if you will; you and your significant other seated at a Formica table in a large and well-lit room, the rumble of muted conversations surrounding you as you sip a weak mimosa and poke halfheartedly at a stale bran muffin. You glance at your watch as you ponder the question….”so how much money do you think you’ll spend on vacations in the next ten years?” Is that $50 Shell gasoline gift card really worth sitting through yet another time share presentation? Did I mention that my wife plans and runs tours for a living? Do you get the impression that we have been to a few of these presentations? How, you may ask, are these two disparate pieces of information related?
The seemingly endless rains of Seattle and Portland. Dallas and Phoenix’s encroaching heat. New York and Atlanta’s oppressive humidity and bugs—or Chicago or Boston’s blizzards. Wherever you’re from, there are times of the year when you seek an escape from your usual climate, a place where you can embrace the new while feeling comfortable in your own skin. If your mind has begun wandering to travel, visiting Santa Monica, California just might fit the bill.
Life can be full of unexpected twists and turns. Events, both positive and negative, can lead to unplanned destinations, new possibilities, and just maybe the discovery of that perfect niche.
"Sea"posium is ITMI's annual conference, held for the past 32 years. This Symposium will still include the amazing networking, job interviews, professional development and destination knowledge that ITMI is famous for but this time we are just adding a little more water!
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.
When people talk about Winter travel, you wonder what kind of winter they mean. The kind where the thermometer drops to 40 degrees and school is cancelled… or the kind that gets to -40 degrees and school is cancelled, cars don't start and people can die due to exposure. Winter is not the same everywhere you go.
Traveling is one of the most fantastic ways to spend your time. The thought of seeing the world and experiencing the unknown is top of mind for many people. When you finally decide it’s time to venture out to a foreign land, the question arises whether to travel solo, or with a group. So what are the benefits of group travel? Let's find out...
Thrilled to be starting the 30th Annual ITMI Symposium in Little Rock, AR. Symposium gathers ITMI Alumni, Tour Companies, Industry Leaders and Speakers to this amazing 5-day event. We are thrilled to highlight some of our presenters like Kelsey Tonner of Be a Better Guide, Sandi Rose Miller and Carrie Swing. And those are just a few of the incredible educational session speakers at Symposium! #itmisymposium2017
Just being in the same place at the same time is the best thing of all. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. When we are home at the same time, even doing nothing, we are doing it together. Be it conversations over coffee, a book or a bottle of wine, or holding her hand in sweet silence, life is good.
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.
Here are five reasons becoming a Tour Guide will provide you with the balance you need in work and life.
Tour Guides have an uncanny ability to create enjoyable experiences for the most diverse groups of guests imaginable. Here are five superpowers that elite Tour Guides possess.