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Snap Hawaii’s incredible sights with Alex

Hawaii, USA
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Snap Hawaii’s incredible sights with Alex

Featuring Alex, 36

Meet Alex Wilson, 36, from Orlando, USA. He’s combined his passion for Hawaii and photography to create one of the island’s most unmissable experiences. He’s got the enviable job of taking guests from around the world on unforgettable sunrise photography tours around the island of Oahu.

What do you love about being a tour guide? 

Alex: Definitely meeting people from all over the world and feeling their excitement about exploring something new. I also love being able to give them a genuine tour while visiting my home.

What can travelers expect from your tour?

Alex: They can expect to meet a guide who’s more like a friend than a stranger. I love to give people insider knowledge that I have learned over the years. They’ll walk away with a new appreciation of Hawaii and travel in general. Not to mention, the photos they take during the tour will be great souvenirs. 

What’s your most memorable moment from the tour? 

Alex: The moment the guests walk away, and I can see the look in their eyes of how pleased they were with the experience they just had. That makes me feel great and keeps me going!

What do you love about Oahu?

Alex: Oahu is, in my opinion, the most beautiful topographic island we have. Every corner you turn, there is something new to be seen. The greatest part is that you can see it all. The accessibility of this island is like no other. 

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Spot South Africa’s Big 5 with Benjamin

Cape Town, South Africa
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Spot South Africa’s Big 5 with Benjamin

Featuring Benjamin, 58

Meet Benjamin Glaman, 58, from Nelspruit, South Africa. Starting in Cape Town, his top-rated two-day tour first stops in Hermanus, one of the world’s premier whale-watching towns, before heading to the Garden Route Game Lodge. It’s here that guests get up-close-and-personal with the Big 5. Benjamin has over 22 years of experience as a tour guide and prides himself on making guests feel at home as soon as they touch down.

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Benjamin: I love being an ambassador of South Africa. I get guests from all corners of the world, and I love hearing and sharing stories with them. Most of the time, people come here not knowing what to expect. They’ve usually read bad publicity about South Africa, so I love putting them at ease and making them feel welcome as soon as they arrive. South Africa is for everyone. It’s the Rainbow Nation, and we welcome everybody. I love my country dearly.

How important are safaris, like the one your tour visits, in protecting animals and their habitats?

Benjamin: Very, very important because some of our animals are almost extinct. The rhinos are almost gone as this poor animal is being poached in all corners. We’re losing rhinos like nobody’s business, so if we don’t protect these animals, they won’t be here for future generations. I always advise my people: “Guys, this is our habitat. As human beings, God gave us everything. We are in charge of everything, so it’s up to all of us to help protect what we’ve got.” I ask everybody to come and enjoy but be aware of how to protect our animals and protect our heritage. If we don’t look after our heritage, nobody will do that for us. 

What’s your most memorable moment from the tour?

Benjamin: There are so many I could write a book! There was this one time when I was traveling with German guests. One of them was sick for the whole tour, but he wanted to see the beauty of the country and hear the stories. He didn’t want to miss anything, so we did everything we could to make his trip memorable for the right reasons. I’ll never forget this!

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Hike to the top of Mt. Batur with Erick

Bali
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Hike to the top of Mt. Batur with Erick

Featuring Erick, 45

Meet Erick, 45, from Songan, Bali. He grew up on the foothills of Mt. Batur and has spent the last 30 years leading treks to the summit of this sacred volcano. For Erick, being a tour guide is more than a job. It’s a passion that’s helped him learn English, meet people from around the world, and preserve the natural beauty of Bali’s most popular trekking trail. 

What do you love about being a tour guide?

Erick: I didn’t receive a formal education because I grew up in the countryside, so being able to talk to people from many different countries has taught me so much. Working in tourism is actually how I learned English! Being a tour guide is more than a job — it’s also my school. Plus, talking to many different people from around the world makes me very happy. 

What’s your most memorable moment on the tour?

Erick: During most treks, I fill a whole sack with plastic that’s been discarded on the trail. It makes me so sad. Many locals ask me why I clean up the plastic. I tell them this is how you should take care of the volcano. You have to treat nature with respect. I spend a lot of time speaking to young locals, but they don’t truly understand the issue. A lot of my customers really, really care about helping the volcano, though. They often help me pick up plastic, and this is always memorable. I think this small act makes a real positive contribution to Bali.

What does Mt. Batur mean to you?

Erick: Mt. Batur is very, very beautiful. Trekking to the caldera is one of the most popular things to do in Bali. I’ve spent thirty years taking people to the summit — and I’m still fascinated by the volcano. I’ve met geologists and read lots of books, but nothing beats actually experiencing it. I even went to the summit during an eruption in 1999. It was safer than it sounds! My customers love the first-hand accounts I share. 

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