This month's tour leader in the spotlight is Megan Freese. She was nominated by our Operations team who thought she did a great job of leading the remote 'Above the Arctic Circle' tour.
Past customers praised Megan for being one of the nicest people they have ever met.
Her professionalism also contributed to everyone's overall enjoyment of the tour, with comments such as...
"Megan was hard working, enthusiastic, had great people skills and was very good at boosting morale. Thanks for a great holiday!”
“Faultless, efficient, charming, diligent, good humoured”
“I would also like to commend to you, what you probably know already, that in Megan Freese you have an outstanding employee, of very good current ability and capable of great future work.”
It is easy to see why we thought she deserved a mention.
If you were given a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are so many places I want to go to but Cuba is somewhere I have wanted to go since I was little and it seems to be changing rapidly so I want to get there soon.
What’s the best thing about life on the road as a tour leader?
The people, the places and never knowing what is going to happen next.
Have you got any packing tips for a travelling life?
For comfort it has to be a travel blanket and audio books and to be practical gaffer tape and a piece of string can fix nearly anything!
What do you never leave home without?
Pictures of friends and family and I have a whistle and compass which I carry around all the time even at home!
On tour what has made you stop in your tracks and go “Wow!”?
The 'Wow' is why I love my job and I'm lucky enough to get those moments quite a lot but being at the most northerly point in Europe, standing on the cliffs, looking towards the North Pole with a clear sky, but a blanket of cloud beneath us, was pretty special.
What’s your top tip for travelling responsibly?
Engage with people, put yourself out of your comfort zone and get involved. It is always the people that I meet that enhance my understanding of a place, enrich the experience and allow me to work and lead my groups in a more responsible way.
If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Roast dinners are the food I dream of when i'm away for a long time.
If you had the chance to start a new country with your own rules, what would be your first rule?
Everyone in power would spend one day a week doing the lowest paid jobs in the country.
What was your proudest moment as a tour leader?
When people fall in love with the place that we are visiting.
What was your funniest moment as a tour leader?
A group of us jumped into a lake in the Arctic, it was pretty funny seeing everyone trying to get out as quickly as possible, and hearing grown men screaming like girls!