One day I Googled, “How to Become a Travel Guide?” and discovered the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco. On November 28, I and 25 other kindred spirits – plus 3 inspiring instructors started our 15 day training program in San Francisco. It was intense, but awesome, and I was very happy with the ITMI program and all my new friendships!
I emailed my first resume to WorldStrides and have been invited to their training in January!
Since graduating from ITMI, I was able to attend the ITMI Symposium and 25th Anniversary in Sacramento. It was a large convention of ITMI alumni, Tour Operators, and other Travel Industry people and I was able to interview with about 20 companies. I loved networking and meeting other local tour directors.
I took the Sacramento FAM trip of and a second one to Coloma – Gold Country. Then did the same trip for training to do school tours. This last week I visited the California state Capitol, Sutter’s Mill, Sutter’s Fort, the Railroad Museum, and Old Sac all twice! Hearing other tour guides’ commentary twice, and doing my own reading and research I feel like I know the factual information.
I now need to weave it into interesting commentary and storytelling. Since I always go overboard – I have even more books on hold for me at the library to read, and a list of other museums, and locals tours to take – because I want to really know Sacramento. And, of course, Sacramento history involves much more than just Sacramento, therefore I want to learn San Francisco, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma, and the Missions as well…for starters.
I better get busy. Besides the above mentioned research, I have to make follow-up calls and emails, and new leads to contact.
Here’s to new doors opening for me in 2012!
Update: Link to What I learned this Student Touring season