Camels to Caviar

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Xlibris Corporation, Nov 29, 2011 - Travel - 277 pages
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The key interest in the book is the interaction between tour group members on escorted tours, the destinations we visited and my, as a tour manager, view of it all. It is based on real experiences and real people.

The book is not chronological and can be read a little at a time or front to back. It is somewhat a travel log. Camels to Caviar helps you look at situations adventures and the people I dealt with from Kathmandu to Timbuktu. It portrays thirty years of my tour managing exotic and adventurous experiences. I also write of the personal growth as I worked through these tours. Nothing was ever the same and the learning curve was there up to my day of retirement. It became a lifestyle, living in a cocoon of self banishment. The characters and names are real as are the travel incidents. If it weren’t for all the norms, personalities, unknowns and disasters; the flights, cruise ship calamities and hotel horrors, there wouldn’t be “Camels to Caviar”.

You will read about:
• tanks surrounding our hotel in Lima
• altitude sickness at Mt Everest,
• scenery
• foods and cultures around the world
• how a tour manager performs, how I handle the behind the scenes procedures
• the psychology and behavior of passengers and myself
• romances on the road
• sunset in the Sahara
• Cambodia after Pol Pot
• Mr. Bill in New Zealand
• the Maharaja of Baroda
• interesting and outrageous passengers
• snip its of the countries we traveled in
• royal family shockers

I give you a vision of the fun and adventure during an escorted tour, as well as an insight to the personalities and unexpected circumstances. This all truly happens on escorted tours around the world. You will be amused and surprised in this tell all of how a tour manager functions during a tour and some of the almost breaking points of our “glamorous” job.

Working on cruise ships brought a different type of tour group dynamics and demographics. What happened on board gave tour managing a different edge. I hope this will give you an insight to the intensity, personal journey and joy of my tour manager career.
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Contents

Preface
9
Touring Comes Alive
17
Logistics of a Tour
26
Tour Dynamics Played Out
34
Taking Advantage of Time Off
47
South America Travels
54
Watching China Grow into the TwentyFirst Century
62
The Heydays of the South Pacific
73
HighProfile Dangers
155
Understanding My Passengers
160
Trouble in Paradise
166
Memories of Friends Made
173
Commissions Optional Tours and Gratuities for Dummies 101
178
Europe Was Never My Favorite for Tour Managing
186
The Final Frontier
195
You Are What You Say
212

The Banana Republic
81
Meanwhile Back in Nepal
90
India Nepals Neighbor to the South
92
The Adventures Continue
96
New Asian Countries
109
Star Tour Guides of the World
124
Hotels Are a Funny Place
133
The Flight Factor
138
My Favorite Airlines
142
Skills of a Tour Manager
145
Learning the Ropes
151
The 2000s Brought a New Type of Tourism
216
Hotel Bill Hell
226
Security Hell
228
Was It SixtyThree or SixtyFive Bags?
233
Herding Kittens
238
What Do You Do at Home?
241
Embassies and the Special People
247
Call the Doctor
250
The World Through My Stomach
257
Taking the Final Bow
272
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