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During his 12-month stint, Banfield, 34, who lives in London, travelled most of Europe.

“It’s a passion for travel and customer service that will help with the role itself,” he says. “As well as an abundance of patience for when things don’t go according to plan.”

For Haytham Youssry, who started working as a guide with On The Go Tours in 2008, it’s the best job in the world. From Cairo, the 28-year-old takes groups around Egypt, making sure “each day is as good as it can be”.

Youssry has a degree in Egyptology, but adds: “You need to be qualified in taking care of people. Everybody is coming on holiday to have a good time so it is important you find out as much as possible about the individuals so they get the best holiday possible.

“I love to share facts about Egypt in an interesting way so that people remember as much as possible when they get home.”

Day-to-day, Youssry takes groups around tourist sites, but also performs tour manager duties, which include checking room allocations and organising schedules – as well as dealing with any other requests that pop up.

“I helped one of our passengers to propose. We kept it as a big secret – I was the only person who knew. Luckily, she said yes, so both had a holiday that they’ll never forget,” he adds.

If you’re thinking of working as a tour guide, Youssry says go for it: “It’s a brilliant job. It’s hard work, but lots of fun and you get to meet great people. It’s not like work at all!”

Useful websites:

Topdeck Travel places a strong emphasis on an interest in European history: topdeck.travel

Working for Contiki, you’ll get to know countries as though they were home: contiki.co.uk

On The Go Tours cover the world and recruits locally, but not always: onthegotours.com

First Festival Travel recruits about a third of the 150 applications it receives: firstfestivaltravel.com

Busabout runs hop-on hop-off services all around Europe and recruits about 30 people each year: busabout.com

 

Photos: Contiki, Thinkstock, Getty


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