Hello everyone! If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I attended the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco last year and have high hopes for a life in Tour Directing. (See my 9/28/12 post: Stepping Forward)
Since taking the class I went to the annual convention (it was held here in Sacramento) where I interviewed with Travel Operators, and have been sending out resumes and making follow up calls. It’s slow going and time consuming. Scheduled over the next 12 weeks I have 15 dates on my calendar doing student tours with WorldStrides and Educational Discovery Tours of Sacramento and Gold Country. I’m happy about that; it’s a great start! I have been researching: reading books, visiting all the sites multiple times, and “shadowed” another tour guide plus I leave tomorrow for one more “shadow” trip. My first solo tour is next week, March 30.
But, it isn’t my first solo tour.
One morning I was taking it easy and had just started scrambling some eggs when I received a call at 10:13 a.m. from a local company to whom I had emailed my resume. They needed a tour director at the State Capitol for a student group at 10:30 and could I do it? I said I could not get there by 10:30, but I’d get there as soon as I could!
I dropped everything and ran!!! I had to shower to get my hair manageable! Dressing myself while I was still damp, I gave my hair a shot of hot air to get the drying process going naturally. I ate my eggs in the car, and had Siri text message two of my ITMI classmates the exciting news, while I panicked. My mind was mush – could I remember anything I knew about the Capitol? I pulled into a parking garage at 10:47 – 24 minutes after receiving the phone call – and dashed to where the group was waiting for me at the Great Seal in front of the Capitol.
Well, to be perfectly honest, I did the tour and felt pretty good about it. Was it the best? No. Was it perfect? No. But I’m confident I can only improve from now on. It was an excellent opportunity because I didn’t lose sleep over or stress about it. And it was a lot of fun too.
I’m looking forward to the 15 tour groups when I will
“Meet You in the Morning!”