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Being a Tour Guide in Pandemic Times

How we try to “survive” Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic came as a shock for everybody. The consequences are not only medical but also economical. The impact worldwide is tremendous. The tourism industry is, by far, the most affected so, how is it to be a tour guide in these pandemic times?

Exploring my region together with my son
Exploring my region together with my son

I have to admit that, in March, I was a bit more optimistic still hoping for a come back at least for August-October. I didn’t realize that the impact would be so strong and on such a long term. Now, probably more realistic, I think that the touristic season for all of us is totally compromised.

Many of my colleagues from all over the world have decided to shift and take another job. Living without an income for such a long period of time and, mostly, in uncertainty, is pretty difficult.

I wondered several times whether I should abandon (at least for a while) my dream and my former plans and take a new job. But, this might have been so frustrating and not even very productive as long as I was doing something just for money not for pleasure.

Having fun with my son, at a a farm
Having fun with my son, at a a farm

So, I decided to take my risks just hoping for a quick world recovery. I focused on myself and my family, things I somehow neglected in the recent years. I also decided to take advantage of my time to study more and adapt to the new normal the future might bring.

I started, also, to explore more the surroundings in my region. I was so astonished to realize that the more I explore, the more new and interesting places I discover. I even bought a new bike to explore more the trails around.

After two months of quarantine, I missed walking a lot. I even put some weight on :)). We went outdoors, tried the various trekking trails in the Transylvania Highlands, enjoyed the views and discovered new tour possibilities. New ideas came for future tours!

Trekking tour in the Transylvania Highlands
Trekking tour in the Transylvania Highlands

Financially speaking, it is the worst year in my career. Even when I started, many years ago, things were better and brighter. This is an unprecedented situation for many of us. A different crisis that will probably ruin lots of touristic sectors. Are we able to face it and succeed despite all the challenges?

Well, that’s hard to answer, there is too much uncertainty around us but we’ll definitely continue to do what we know best and what we love. Being a tour guide in pandemic times is challenging; it forces us to be more creative, pivot our business, change our perspectives, be better!