Each trip is unique, memorable and soulful. From greeting my guests at their hotel or seeing them off on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to Pearl Harbor, to strolling the narrow back streets of the Eternal City or sipping a Singapore Sling in Raffles, I enjoy each and every single moment. Spending time in these far-flung lands is when I feel most alive. I am very privileged to have had the opportunity to feel at home in these exciting places.
I once read an article in which the writer tried to determine the ‘best job in the world'. The winning individual was a gent who was the caretaker of Hamilton Island, off Australia’s Gold Coast. I’ve been twice to Hamilton Island. It is a beautiful place, hence this man’s job being envied as he gets to spend his days here. Hmm, I’m not convinced. In my job, I get to see a lot more than just one awesome place. And in this huge wondrous world that we are just passing through for 80 years or so (if we’re lucky), its only right that we soak up as much as we possibly can.
I hope that my story has brought to life some of the awe-inspiring places I’ve visited over the past three years. Words can often fail to do justice to the world’s most incredible natural gifts.
It is for that reason that I will never ever take for granted the view of the Opera House every time I land in Sydney on a Oceania Cruise, or the atmosphere of the locals clapping along to a Tango show in Buenos Aires’ oldest district. And the biggest privilege of all is that nothing and nobody can ever take away your memories.
As for what's in store for the future? Most certainly more of the above, starting with a trip to Santiago, Chile to get 2017 off to a good start. A brand new fresh destination waiting to be delved into. Spanish skills at the ready.
My long-term question is, of course: will I come to a time when I decide to give up this lifestyle? I know that I will always travel in some capacity. My circumstances and desires may one day change, but for now I shall keep on indulging my insatiable travel bug. Trouble is, as a wise traveller once quoted: “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of knowing people in more than one place.” I concur!
Only just stumbled across Gillian’s Diary of a Tour Ambassador series? Read the first post here.
Hailing from sleepy Northumberland, Gillian Lowes realised her passion for travel at a young age and always dreamt of glamourous worldwide adventures. Having worked in a variety of travel roles over the years – including as a Front Office and Operations Manager aboard a cruise ship – Gill became a ROL Tour Ambassador back in 2013.