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So I Married a Tour Guide; Reflections on what’s important

So I Married a Tour GuideDean Jackson1 Comment

My life is a gift, I love sharing it with my wife, whom is also a gift. I married my own personal tour guide. My life hasn’t stopped because I had a heart attack; it has become that much more precious. We are planning European adventures in the near future (these adventures may include some menu items not in the regular diet plan-moderation). This incident won’t make me a couch potato; instead it will make me embrace life, travel, and joy.

These 20 Jobs Offer the Best Work Life Balance - Tour Guide is #3!

Encore Careers, Tour Guide/Director JobsITMIComment

If you feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done, you're not alone. That's so obvious, right? It's the understatement of the year. The fact is, most people today are feeling overworked and we're more stressed out than ever. In a recent survey 87% of people said they're overworked, 30% of them by five or more hours per week.

Tucson is a City That Encourages You to Explore


“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.”

33rd Annual ITMI Symposium Registration is Open!

ITMI Symposium, ITMI Updates & NewsITMIComment

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.

So I Married a Tour Guide and She's a Life Saver!

So I Married a Tour GuideDean JacksonComment

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.

Consider an Exciting Second Act: Tour Director

Encore CareersDebbie FranksComment

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

Tour...God of Thunder

So I Married a Tour Guide, Tour Guide AdventuresDean JacksonComment

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).

So I married a Tour Guide; The Art of The Time Share

So I Married a Tour Guide, Tips & TricksDean JacksonComment

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?

Visiting Santa Monica for a Perfect Summer Getaway

Day in the Life, Tips & Tricks, Travel InspirationDebbie FranksComment

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.

My Roam Sweet Roam...Oh the Places You Could Go!

Day in the Life, Travel Inspiration, Tour Guide AdventuresITMIComment

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!

5 Benefits of Group Travel

Tips & TricksEmmy Bill3 Comments

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...

ITMI Symposium Attendees Ready to "Rock" in Little Rock!

ITMI SymposiumAmy Noble1 Comment

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