HOW I BECOME A TOUR GUIDE


Tags: #passion    #volunteer   

July 08, 2017



To be honest, I used to be a shy, timid girl. My first year in university was filled with lectures and assignment and nothing else. One year gone by, I started to think about the changes I had to make.

Am I a tour guide? I prefer to be a storyteller.


To be honest, I used to be a shy, timid girl. My first year in university was filled with lectures and assignment and nothing else. One year gone by, I started to think about the changes I had to make. What if I kept being reserved and if I was just studying day by day without interacting with the outside world, I found it boring, my world, while others still worked hard and played harder, they could enjoy, I didn't. The very first weeks as a sophomore started when I was trying to find a "home" for me, where I could learn something, enjoy something I had ever experienced. I found Saigon Hotpot.


I traveled quite a few. I loved Saigon (and still love it now). I would love to tell my friends (I mean my tourists) how much I loved Saigon through every story I knew about this place. I loved spreading the love of traveling. That's why I passed 3 tough rounds of recruitment to become an official member of this club, another family of mine now.



Marketing Department - my small room in a big family Saigon Hotpot


Storyteller's Life seems to be harder than I thought!


I must be constantly checking on everyone (if there is a big group of tourist), keeping an eye out so no one gets lost, and keeping everyone together and on task. It's not easy.




I had imagined a lot more down time. But that never happened. Being a tour guide is a 24/7 job? Nope. Working after everyone went to bed? Way too tired. Throw in having to deal with lots of tough questions during tours, walking like a thousand miles, sometimes it's incredibly draining to me. But seeing you, my friends smile when figuring out a fun fact I share, enjoy a unique cup of coffee or just shout out "OMG, this is so good and worth the wait" after having a home-cook meal is such the best feeling that I can't even. I enjoy sharing my love of travel with others (one person on the tour had never traveled as an adult and is now planning adventures all around every corner of Vietnam!). I know, it's challenging, but fulfilling work.
 
And it is because of all of that stuff that I love taking the tour.




I love every minute of it.




I now have a new appreciation for every tour guide I've ever met in the world. You don't realize it when you're part of a group, but after being on the other side, I see just how much work goes into being a guide.


Such an endless fun!


Although I'm a junior now, which means I have to think about job, future and everything on earth, I still make tours. So far I realize, a day with tourists as friends is way so pleasing and relaxing. Just like new friends share life stories, make jokes and have fun around Saigon. I must confess that it is like an addiction to me. And I am thinking about becoming a real tour guide in the future, to enjoy this endless fun!




Trần Nguyễn Khánh Linh