Omer started working for Explore as a tour leader around 3 years ago. HIs manager here in the Explore office, Jo Rolls, said: "I love working with Omer because he is honest, hard working and will turn his hand to all tours AND do them well. This year he has lead the whole range of tours across his home country of Turkey – quite a feat!" Below are his answers to a few questions we had the chance to ask him.
Before he answered our questions he told us: "When you start to guide, you both learn and teach many things. It is always good to work with the people who are professional and wise, butt the most important side of Explore is letting you have many friends and families worldwide ;) – it's like being famous!
What is the best thing about being a tour leader? All I need is one waterproof bag and I get to travel on many different routes round my country.
What is your funniest moment on tour? On Mount Ararat 4200 m. Final morning, trying to catch a couple of canteens and rucksacks rolling down the mountain towards me. It was on a snowy trail and still dark so I had just a head torch - even on the summit we were still laughing that.
What is the best place to visit in Turkey? Kas¸ because it's paradise. Just feeling the atmosphere and old part of the city is enough by the Mediterranean.
Tell us about a custom in Turkey. When you go for arranged marriage, you drink a salty Turkish coffee which was made by the woman you're marrying. You show your love by drinking that disgusting coffee...!
What do people always forget to bring on tour? When they come for the Blue Cruise holiday they forget to bring a towel. I just recommend my guests to read the trip notes very carefully ;)