One thing that struck me during our recent Celebrity Eclipse Caribbean cruise was the exceptionally high standard of the guides that we encountered.
Friendly, knowledgable, witty – each of them bringing their own personal and professional touch to the tours that we took part in. In fact I was so impressed that I felt inclined to gather together a few articles focussing on the magical world of tour guides and to share the love with you.
- Viator’s travel blog Top Ten Characteristics of a great guide.
- Just Wanderlust The difference between a good tour guide and a GREAT tour guide!
- The National Trust for Historic preservation Ten tips for being a good guide.
I also thought the following link might be of inspirational use to those of you who might be considering becoming a tour guide and can wholeheartedly recommend Aquila’s Tour Guide Excellence on-line guide training program. Details of which you can find here
Training to be a tour guide in *1999 comes high on my list of ‘the most life-changing, badass things that I have done in my life so far’. At the time I didn’t realise quite how life changing and badass it would turn out to be as at that time, my only (and extremely intense) focus, was on becoming a tour guide and passing my exams. Much like the other 30 or so hopeful people in my class.
I graduated from the Icelandic tour guide school in 2000 and quickly discovered that alongside the knowledge I had gained in the lecture room, thanks to having spent the previous 10 years as a piano bar entertainer, it transpired that I also housed the seemingly necessary tour guide ‘banter’ skills.
I spent several wonderful summers guiding cruise passengers and have many memories – fair to say that most were good, but all invaluable to me in the form of ‘experience’. Experience, aaaahhhh… that wonderful, sweet smelling something that is but to be earned and can never be bought.
And finally the last word goes to the most famous tour guide in the world, Tour Guide Barbie. Whom, I know, is adored by tour guides the world over for making us smile! (ouch…)
We were first introduced to Tour Guide Barbie in Toy Story 2 which was released in *1999 and it seemed fitting that she closes this blog with that famous, professional goodbye…
- “We are so glad you came. Bye-bye. Bye-bye. Bye-bye. Bye-bye now. Bye. Bye-bye. Remember, please discard all candy wrappers and popcorn containers in the nearest trash receptacle. Thank you.
Okay, bye-bye now. Bye-bye. Bye.
Okay. Are they all gone? Is every .. is everybody gone? Huh? Good.
Oh, my gosh, my cheeks are killing me. I can’t keep smiling like this anymore.
- Image: Thank you to Disney.com
- *In respect and memory of Prince (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)