The life of a tour leader isn’t for everyone. I mean, you’re seeing new places everyday, hiking the best trails, participating in the most adrenaline pumping activities, and hanging out with likeminded individuals. It can be overwhelming for the normal individual who is set on living the 9-5 lifestyle, always catching their favorite TV series, and sleeping in their “own” bed.
During my early twenties I struggled with the transition from the “norm” into a seasonal and nomadic lifestyle. I was raised in a traditional family setting where we worked hard and deserved the vacations we went on every year. How could I live a life that was filled with all those things we longed for throughout the year?
For me, every day is about staying ahead of the monotony. Keeping my energy high and my spirits even higher. Life on the road keeps me motivated and focused on what makes me feel the best physically and mentally. Seeing new sights, trying some new sport, hiking a new trail, or chatting with a stranger who has made their way out of the city. I find no fault in those who choose to remain in their comfort zone, it’s just hard for me to comprehend and I always find myself trying to convince them to challenge their predetermined boundaries and limits they imposed upon themselves.
I set high standards for myself and hold others to those same high standards. I’ve been called the “coolest drill sergeant” people have ever met. I take that as a compliment, yet I would like to think that since those early days of tour leading I’ve mellowed out. Haha
When you come on a journey with me, you can count on smiling, laughing, pitching in, smelling like a campfire, eating S’mores and some days of muscle soreness.