Of course, it depends on whose summer you are talking about. But in the northern hemisphere or the southern, you can work the summer season, and return to the rest of your life after that, until the next season.
Tour season, of course, is impacted by the weather. Student tours begin in March, and run through June, and they often meet weather challenges. Adult tours within Spain usually start in early May and run through October. May tours often encounter weather challenges, and some of the most popular sites, open and close roads daily to accommodate the latest storm or lingering snowpack in the north parts.
Autumn tours handle the same problem in reverse, as the snow season begins and the parks prepare for winter. The parks may be open year-round, but tours do not run year-round in areas where winter visits. Tour operators do offer shoulder (between)- and low -season tours, as does the cruise industry. The tour offerings are more limited in number, and thus so are the tour directing/guiding opportunities, but the possibilities are there.
And the reverse happens in the southern hemisphere, where summer begins in December and ends in May.
Cruise season, of course, is in the off-season for northern latitude tours, and provides a welcome respite from northern winters. Shoulder- and low-season departures are offered, as well as positioning tours where ships that conducted northern tours in the summer move south for a new tour season at a different latitude.
Tour guide opportunities in the off-season involve local work helping at conventions, conferences, reunions, incentive activities. Such work is usually for a few days at a time, until the next convention comes to town.
Know the Pros
If you’re in a rut at your current job, here’s a chance to do something different each and every day. This is a job that can take you all over the world to events like the Olympics and the World Cup. “It’s the ridiculous things I get to do every single day — whether it’s museums, shows, or eating dinner in the Eiffel Tower — but it’s also the dynamic of people,” Fitchett said. “When someone waits their whole life to go to Paris, I get to take them. It’s the look on their face as they experience it for the first time, and I’m a part of that memory.”
Know the Cons
Most tour directors are freelance, which brings its own set of challenges, like needing independent health insurance and struggling to cobble together enough work — especially at the beginning. You’ll also be getting very little sleep when you’re confirming the next day’s activities and studying commentary. “True colors come out on tour,” Fitchett said. “Sometimes people are ungrateful or bossy or think they know more about a place than you…But even if I think it’s the silliest question I’ve ever heard in my life, I have to answer it so they feel good about it.” Scheduling may keep you away from home for weeks or month at a time, so you might have to skip important events, like weddings or funerals.
A tour guide and tour director can choose which season in which location is most desirable, and with careful planning, can move among the seasons to create a longer working season.
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