And Then, It Was Time to Lead My First Tour…

Tourists touring and walking around underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Today is the day. Today I’m flying to Paris. But this time, it’s not to lounge by the Seine while drinking wine (OK, there will be some of that). This time it’s to lead my first tour for ten readers and make them even more passionate for travel.

Back in May, I announced that I was leading a tour through Europe, and the response was overwhelming. Now, after months of planning, I’m leaving to meet the ten participants on Sunday before we enjoy a two-week journey through Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Stockholm.

I can’t believe how quickly this has come. It seems like yesterday I was telling a friend, “I’m going to organize a tour to Europe. Maybe a few people will come.”

Well, now it’s here, and it’s time to go.

I’m used to playing tour guide for my friends, but now I’m doing it for ten people I’ve never met. So many thoughts are racing through my head, the biggest one being, “I hope I don’t fuck this up.”

But all joking aside, I’m really excited about this. A few of the people joining me have never been to Europe before, and I can’t wait to show them my Europe. I’ll be taking them to my favorite attractions (both on and off the beaten path), restaurants, bars, and everything in between.

I’ll also be highlighting some of my favorite travel companies (including Rail Europe and Context Travel) and hostels (St. Christopher’s, Generator, and City Backpackers), so that’s also exciting, as I love spreading the word of good travel companies.

This is going to be incredibly fun.

I’ve spent the last few weeks reading up in even more detail about each destination, planning my walking tours, making reservations for restaurants, and much more.

Even after all the trips I’ve taken and helped with, I never realized so much work could go into planning a group tour. There are a lot of i’s to dot and t’s to cross.

So, as I board my flight to Paris, I’m double and triple checking I have all the itinerary copies, rail passes, train reservations, and booking numbers. I’m—in part—a nervous wreck.

But I know this is going to be a good time because the people who read this site are amazing, and for two weeks I get to talk about what I love: travel.

I’ll be updating as we go and will most likely have a long post after the fact on what I learned being a tour guide. You can follow along with all our antics on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

So let the good times, wine, and food flow!

See you in Europe!

  1. Laura

    This is amazing. You’re amazing. I hope to one day (kind of) follow the same path. I’m hoping that after finishing my last year of college, I’d work for a while as a software engineer until I land a telecommuting position that will allow me to do all of these things! I am so excited for you and nervous! Cannot wait to read your next post! :)


  2. Sounds like it’s going to be a great trip! Was so read to hear that you’ve started leading your own tours. Can’t wait to hear how it goes and am even more excited to learn of what the next tour destination will be!


  3. How exciting, Matt! I’m sure everyone will love the tour and soak up all of your insight and knowledge about those cities. I live in Amsterdam… perhaps I’ll run into you and your group in the coming days. Good luck!

  4. Congrats on your first tour, Matt and good luck! I’m looking forward to your next post to see how everything went and to hear about their questions and your answers.

    I’m sure you’ll do great!

  5. sara morales

    sounds super exciting, I hope to read as they pass your days in this stupendous trip ….. I’ll be attentive! Exitoss :)

  6. Wow Matt that’s so cool, it sounds like you’ll do a great job because your passion is there and that’s pretty much all you need, as it is infectious :)
    I often take friends on holiday too, and I’m used to planning excursions for others, but they are people I know, so I can imagine your nervousness about doing this for people you have never met. However it’s so exciting! I’m looking forward to reading about how it goes and whether you will be doing it again!

  7. Congrats and good luck! I always love sharing my Europe with first timers, too, but I’ve never done it professionally. A lot of hard work, but worth the rewards, I’m sure.

  8. Hey Matt if you are staying at St Christopher’s Inn Canal in Paris tonight, then you should know you have at least one huge fan also in the same hostel haha! Good luck with the tour. I’m sure it will go great :)

  9. I deeply envy them for touring with you in Europe. I think you’d be a fun tour guide.. like those I’ve met who are so passionate about their place, their history and culture. I can not be a tour guide, but I can be a great travel buddy. :)

  10. Wesley

    Hi! I’m a big fan of your blog, and was wondering if I could interest you in leading a group of about 15 people through the Siberian tundra? It’s a bit of an odd request, but I’m fascinated by your blog, and think you’d be the greatest travel companion. One thing to keep in mind is that we are a small nudist colony, so keeping warm may prove a bit of an issue. Myself and some of the other members have decided to forego our usual attire, or lack thereof, for this trip. I may wear a sweater. Maybe.
    Now you may be asking yourself, “Why would a bunch of nudists want to travel to Siberia?”
    Why not my friend, why not?
    You may also be saying to yourself, “Why would I take these nudists on a trip to Siberia? I don’t want to go to Siberia. Are they going to pay me?”
    Well of course we’re going to pay you. We’ll pay you in life experience. I mean, who else can say they’ve partied it up in the Siberian mountains with 15 nudists? Such a fantastic story to tell. You will be rich in knowledge and awareness – much more valuable than money. Also, if you really show us a good time, we may buy you dinner; I hear Russian McDonald’s are quite nice.
    Please let me know as soon as possible if you’re interested in this offer, because one of our girls, Debbie, is making t-shirts (don’t get me started on the irony). We’d like to leave as soon as possible – within the next week or so would be ideal. We hope to stay for around 3 weeks, kind of like an extended camping trip. Like an extended camping trip plus a few orgies, and drugs. Lots of drugs.

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